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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
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Creating the Neighborhood Bar Chart tool

The Neighborhood Bar Chart tool will visualize the number of crimes for each major neighborhood in Seattle in the form of a bar chart. This tool will be added to the existing Crime Analysis toolbox created in the previous chapter. It will use a combination of ArcPy and Plotly to create the graph.


The Plotly Python library will need to be installed before any of the tools in this chapter can be created. Use pip to install the Plotly Python library using the following command. If you haven't installed pip yet, refer to Chapter 1, Extracting Real-Time Wildfire Data from ArcGIS Server with the ArcGIS REST API, for detailed instructions on installing pip. Here's the command:

pip install plotly

The Create Neighborhood Bar Chart tool will accept several parameters, including an input feature class and fields that provide a reference to a polygon layer containing neighborhood boundaries with the aggregated crime data, chart title, and output file name...