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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 Last Known Position tool

In this step, you'll create an ArcGIS Python Add-In for the purpose of allowing an analyst to define the LKP of the individual in the need of rescue. This LKP tool will be created inside a toolbar container that will eventually house a second tool that will be used to create polygon search sectors. A screenshot of the final toolbar is shown as follows:

The LKP tool will enable the selection of a point location on the map. After selecting the LKP, the tool will then display a dialog that collects attribute information about the location, including the subject name, incident date, gender, weight, hair color, and other attributes. This information will be collected via a custom tool inside an ArcGIS Python Toolbox, which will be created in this section as well.

The user interface for the attribute tool will appear as seen in the following screenshot:

Follow these to create the ArcGIS Python Add-In and the custom ArcGIS tool to capture the location and attributes...