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ARC Macro Language, Developing ARC/INFO Menus and Macros with AML, For UNIX and Windows NT


This workbook covers the basics of ARC Macro Language (AML) in the context of accomplishing practical ARC/INFO tasks, and also includes tips and tricks for experienced AML programmers.
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This workbook covers the basics of ARC Macro Language (AML) in the context of accomplishing practical ARC/INFO tasks, and also includes tips and tricks for experienced AML programmers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781879102187
  • Publisher: ESRI Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 650
  • Product dimensions: 7.37 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 2.03 (d)

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AML building blocks, How you can use AML: AML is an interpreted language. Interpreted languages translate each command line to machine language and execute it before moving to the next line. In addition to grouping frequently used command sequences as one task, you can use AML to prompt the user for information, validate user input, provide meaningful error messages, create your own commands, and create a menu driven interface to ARC/INFO operations. Here are some examples:

Customize ARC/INFO tools for your applications: Combine ARC/INFO tools to create your own specialized functions, Build interactive menus, Create your own commands, Enhance native ARC capabilities, Implement complex applications, and Perform modeling.

Increase Productivity: Create a user interface for your application
Reduce typing by storing command sequences in a file
Help less experienced users become productive more quickly
Provide managers with display and query capabilities
Automate frequently performed and repetitive tasks
Automate database access, and Create uick keyboard macros

In summary, AML provides a wide variety of operations to complement  ARC/INFO. The best way to learn what AML can do is use it, so buy this book and get started.

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Table of Contents

How to use this workbook
Chapter 1: AML building blocks
Introducing AML
Getting started with AML
Using AML variables and functions

Chapter 2: Menu driven ARC/INFO
Creating simple menus
Creating a menu interface
Bringing AML programs and menus together

Chapter 3: Looking for code in all the right places
Accessing programs in other directories
Creating your own commands
Protecting your programs

Chapter 4: Branching out
Branching and logical expressions
Choosing from many alternatives
Compound expressions and testing techniques

Chapter 5: Actions worth repeating
Let's &DO loops
&DO loops with logical expressions
Compound clauses, nested loops, and indexed variables

Chapter 6: Getting and using coordinates
Getting coordinates and storing them in AML variables
Capturing coordinates in the point buffer and watch files
Using mathmatical and trigonometric functions

Chapter 7: Managing character strings
Introducing character strings
Manipulating character strings
Nesting string functions to perform complex tasks

Chapter 8: Divide and conquer
Dividing complex progams into discrete tasks
Passing data between programs and menus
Using routines in progams

Chapter 9: Expecting the unexpected
Debugging AML programs
Expecting and handling errors
Handling errrors between AML programs and menus

Chapter 10: Reading and writing files
Basic file handling
Writing system files
Using AML to write menu files

Chapter 11: Accessing your database
Accessing INFO tables
Using interactive software with AML
Accessing attribute data

Chapter 12: Form menus
Introducing form menus
Creating form menus with FormEdit
Beyond FormEdit

Chapter 13: Threads: Sewing your application together
Introducing threads
Managing threads
Managiong a real-world application

Chapter 14: Enhanced pulldown menus
Introduction to enhanced pulldown menus
Creating enhanced pulldown menus with MenuEdit
MenuEdit power tools

Chapter 15: Building generic tools: ESRI's ArcTools
Introducing ArcTools
Modifying existing tools to serve your needs
Designing your own ArcTools

Chapter 16: Communicating with other software applications
Introducing IAC
ARC/INFO as the IAC server
ARC/INFO as the IAC client

Alphabetical list of AML directives and functions
Functional list of AML directives and functions
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