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ArcPy and ArcGIS - Second Edition

By : Silas Toms, Dara OBeirne
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ArcPy and ArcGIS - Second Edition

By: Silas Toms, Dara OBeirne

Overview of this book

ArcGIS allows for complex analyses of geographic information. The ArcPy module is used to script these ArcGIS analyses, providing a productive way to perform geo-analyses and automate map production. The second edition of the book focuses on new Python tools, such as the ArcGIS API for Python. Using Python, this book will guide you from basic Python scripting to advanced ArcPy script tools. This book starts off with setting up your Python environment for ArcGIS automation. Then you will learn how to output maps using ArcPy in MXD and update feature class in a geodatabase using arcpy and ArcGIS Online. Next, you will be introduced to ArcREST library followed by examples on querying, updating and manipulating ArcGIS Online feature services. Further, you will be enabling your scripts in the browser and directly interacting with ArcGIS Online using Jupyter notebook. Finally, you can learn ways to use of ArcPy to control ArcGIS Enterprise and explore topics on deployments, data quality assurances, data updates, version control, and editing safeguards. By the end of the book, you will be equipped with the knowledge required to create automated analysis with administration reducing the time-consuming nature of GIS.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)
Introduction to ArcGIS Online

Starting the ArcGIS API for Python

Now that you are a little more familiar with Jupyter and using the Notebook environment, we can begin to explore how to use the ArcGIS API for Python. The API is designed to follow the standard practices within the Python community and is implemented as a modular API. What does this mean exactly? Every aspect of the API is accessed by calling a module in the Python API. This is similar to the ArcPy standard. For example, calling arcpy.mapping accesses a method within a module, which is referred to as modular.

In the language used to describe the API, the generic phrase "your GIS" is referred to as working with any part of the ESRI web platform, that is, ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise, not to be confused with gis or GIS. The most important and most used module in the ArcGIS API for Python is the gis module. The gis module allows...