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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
Credits
About the Author
About the Reviewers
www.PacktPub.com
Preface
Index

Appendix A. Overview of Python Libraries for ArcGIS

The initial stage of any programming task requires some research into the most appropriate software libraries to use for the job. A developer must also have a good understanding of the classes that are included in the libraries along with the properties and methods that are available for these objects. Unless you have been working with a particular programming library for some time, this information will not be readily apparent and documentation is not always presented in a manner that makes it easy to understand. The goal of this chapter is to introduce you to the ArcGIS programming libraries that are available to ArcGIS Desktop Python programmers. We'll give you a high-level overview of the core ArcPy library along with the ArcPy mapping and data access modules as well as the ArcGIS REST API.