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ArcGIS Blueprints

By : Donald Eric Pimpler, Eric Pimpler
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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 Convert to Google Earth tool

Because visualization is very important to Search and Rescue personnel, the ability to see these datasets in a 3D environment is helpful. In this section, we'll create a custom tool that can be used to export these datasets to Google Earth's Keyhole Markup Language (KML) format.

To complete this section, you will need to install the simplekml Python module. You can use pip to install this module by using the following command from the command prompt:

pip install simplekml

The following steps will help you to create Convert to Google Earth tool:

  1. In ArcMap, open Catalog view, right-click on the SAR.pyt custom toolbox, and select Edit to open the code in the Python development environment.

  2. Copy and paste the existing AssignLKPAttributes class inside the SAR.pyt file.

  3. Rename the newly pasted AssignLKPAttributes class to ConvertToGoogleEarth class.

  4. Import the simplekml module:

    import arcpy
    import simplekml
  5. Update the self.label and self.description properties...