Python Scripting for ArcGIS

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Python Scripting for ArcGIS is a guide for experienced users of ArcGIS Desktop to get started with Python scripting without needing previous programming experience. Experience with other scripting or programming languages (Perl, VBA, VB script, Java, C++) is helpful but not required. Readers are expected to have good general ArcGIS skills and a basic understanding of geoprocessing procedures. There are 14 chapters with corresponding online data and exercises available on the Esri Press book resource page at

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589482821
  • Publisher: ESRI Press
  • Publication date: 1/9/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 148,807
  • Product dimensions: 8.07 (w) x 9.87 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul A. Zandbergen is an associate professor of geography at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. His areas of expertise include geographic information science; spatial and statistical analysis techniques using GIS; error and uncertainty in spatial data; GIS applications in criminology, economics, health, and spatial ecology; terrain analysis and modeling; and community‚Äźbased mapping using GIS and GPS.

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Table of Contents


Part 1 Learning the fundamentals of Python and geoprocessing
Chapter 1. Introducing Python
Chapter 2. Geoprocessing in ArcGIS
Chapter 3. Using the Python window
Chapter 4. Learning Python language fundamentals

Part 2 Writing scripts
Chapter 5. Geoprocessing using Python
Chapter 6. Exploring spatial data
Chapter 7. Manipulating spatial data
Chapter 8. Working with geometries
Chapter 9. Working with rasters

Part 3  Carrying out specialized tasks
Chapter 10. Map scripting
Chapter 11. Debugging and error handling
Chapter 12. Creating Python functions and classes

Part 4  Creating and using script tools
Chapter 13. Creating custom tools
Chapter 14. Sharing tools


Appendix A  Data source credits
Appendix B  Data license agreement
Appendix C  Installing the data and software

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    This book is excellent for the novice programmer familiar with A

    This book is excellent for the novice programmer familiar with ArcGIS geoprocessing using Model Builder or ArcTools. The book explains, through simple script examples, many of the common tasks facing the ArcGIS Desktop user. While some books focus on actions such as clipping and buffering, this book goes deeper into the data side of GIS. Attribute editing, file management, connecting to file geodatabases and to SDE are well explained through examples in this book. The author drops in little know tips on data formatting and cross-platform data query that I found very useful. The book explains the use of cursors in editing and the methods for text file reading and writing. The author then takes what you have learned in earlier chapters and applies it to manipulating the MXD mapping document. The books wraps with chapters on error trapping, packaging, custom tools and python class creation.
    The author did an excellent job of educating the user on the power of Python scripting in ArcGIS with only one exception. The author did not cover the GUI aspect for controlling the mouse or creating forms. Perhaps the author can be coerced into writing Part 2?

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