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ArcGIS Blueprints

By : Donald Eric Pimpler, Eric Pimpler
Book Image

ArcGIS Blueprints

By: Donald Eric Pimpler, Eric Pimpler

Overview of this book

This book is an immersive guide to take your ArcGIS Desktop application development skills to the next level It starts off by providing detailed description and examples of how to create ArcGIS Desktop Python toolboxes that will serve as containers for many of the applications that you will build. We provide several practical projects that involve building a local area/community map and extracting wildfire data. You will then learn how to build tools that can access data from ArcGIS Server using the ArcGIS REST API. Furthermore, we deal with the integration of additional open source Python libraries into your applications, which will help you chart and graph advanced GUI development; read and write JSON, CSV, and XML format data sources; write outputs to Google Earth Pro, and more. Along the way, you will be introduced to advanced ArcPy Mapping and ArcPy Data Access module techniques and use data-driven Pages to automate the creation of map books. Finally, you will learn advanced techniques to work with video and social media feeds. By the end of the book, you will have your own desktop application without having spent too much time learning sophisticated theory.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
ArcGIS Blueprints
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Chapter 3. Automating the Production of Map Books with Data Driven Pages and ArcPy

Many organizations have a need to create map books that contain a series of individual maps that cover a larger geographic area. These map books contain a series of maps and some optional additional pages, including title pages, an overview map, and some other ancillary information, including reports and tables. For example, a utility company might want to generate a map book detailing their assets across a service area. A map book for this utility company could include a series of maps, each of a large scale, along with a title page and an overview map. These resources would then be joined in a single document that could be printed or distributed as a PDF file.

In this chapter, we will cover the following topics:

  • The preparation of a map document to handle Data Driven Pages

  • Using the data-driven pages toolbar in ArcGIS Desktop

  • Using the DataDrivenPages object in the ArcPy mapping module

  • Exporting map books with...