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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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Creating the Enrich Potential Stores tool

The final tool that we'll create in this chapter is the Enrich Potential Stores tool. It will assign socio-economic attributes pulled from the ArcGIS Online GeoEnrichment service to the features created with the Define Potential Stores tool. Using the Python requests module, it will pass a list of features and a drive time value to the GeoEnrichment service. The GeoEnrichment service will create a drive time polygon around each potential store and calculate socio-economic variables for the total Starbucks expenditures and the total fast food breakfast expenditures in that area. This information will then be written to the potential stores' feature class. The following steps will help you to create the Enrich Potential Stores tool:

  1. Before coding this tool, some background information on the GeoEnrichment service and the ArcGIS REST API needs to be introduced. In your web browser, go to