Python scripting technical guide

January 15th, 2013, Published in Articles: PositionIT

Python Scripting for ArcGIS is a technical guide that provides a clear, step-by-step process for the creation of Python scripts to enhance ArcGIS 10.1 capabilities. It’s a fundamental tool for GIS professionals to extend the functionality of ArcGIS and automate workflows, and to modify the existing capabilities of ArcGIS and create new ones. The guide is for experienced users of ArcGIS and students that are interested in learning how to create Python scripts. No previous programming experience is necessary. Each chapter in the book has a corresponding exercise on the accompanying DVD, and a free 180-day trial of ArcGIS 10.1 for Desktop is included. Python is simple and easy to learn, free and open source, cross-platform compatible, interpreted, not compiled and object oriented. The author Paul Zandbergen is an associate professor of geography at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque where he teaches classes in GIS and spatial analysis. His areas of expertise include GIS applications in criminology, economics, health, and ecology, as well as spatial and statistical analysis techniques using GIS.

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