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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


This chapter covered several new concepts in addition to reinforcing several skills that we covered in past chapters. One new concept that was introduced in this chapter is the use of the ArcGIS Online GeoEnrichment service that we accessed through the ArcGIS REST API. In addition, you also learned how to build an interactive tool that allows the end user to create new point locations as part of a custom tool.

We've now seen several examples of creating custom Python toolboxes in ArcGIS Desktop, so you should be familiar with these by now and have a good understanding of how they work. You should also be familiar with the Python requests module that is used to make requests to external web services as we've seen this in action on several occasions as well. Finally, we used the ArcPy mapping and data access modules in this chapter once again in order to support several operations, including applying symbology to a layer and using cursor objects to query and update the data in a feature...