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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


In this chapter, you learned how to craft a model of an analysis and export it out to a script. In particular, you learned how to use ModelBuilder to create an analysis and export it out as a script and how to adjust the script to be more "Pythonic". After explaining about the auto-generated script, we adjusted the script to include a results analysis and summation, which was outputted to a CSV file. We also briefly touched on the use of Search Cursors, which will be covered in greater detail in Chapter 3, ArcPy Cursors: Search, Insert, and Update. Also, we saw how built-in modules such as the csv module can be used along with ArcPy to capture analysis output in formatted spreadsheets.

In the next chapter, we will investigate the powerful data access module and its Search Cursors, Update Cursors, and Insert Cursors.