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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


Conceptually, building the ArcGIS application in this chapter is pretty simple. However, it is going to require a lot of code. We're going to build an application that will query and view parcel data for Kendall County, TX. The graphical user interface (GUI) for the application will be built using wxPython. The interface will be created in a Python script file called wxPython is an excellent choice for GUI development and will improve your ability to develop user interfaces that have only been possible with a combination of ArcObjects and .NET in the past. To display the user interface, we will build an ArcGIS Desktop add-in that will consist of an extension along with a button in a toolbar. When the user clicks on the button, it will trigger the display of the user interface built in wxPython. The interface will provide multiple options to query the parcel feature class. Records returned by a query will be displayed in a grid-type structure. Users can then select a...