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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, we discussed in detail the use of ArcPy geometry objects. These varied objects have similar methods, and are, in fact, sub-classed from the same Python class. They are useful for performing in-memory geospatial analysis, which avoids having to read and write data from the hard drive, and also skips creating any intermediate data.

ArcPy geometry objects are an important part of automating geospatial workflows. Combining them with Search Cursors makes ArcPy more useful than any earlier implementation of Python scripting tools for ArcGIS. In the next chapter, we will convert the raw script into a script tool that can be executed directly from the ArcToolbox or a personal toolbox in a geodatabase.