This blog is solely intended to be used as a reference to learn which Python integrated development environment (IDE) might be best for you or your organization. Since there are many IDEs to choose from, picking the right one can … Continue reading
The Esri development team would like to invite you to participate in a moderated and recorded usability study of a new application for GIS professionals currently under development.
Who we’re looking for…
- Existing ArcGIS for Desktop users
- ArcGIS Online and App users interested in professional GIS software
- Users of Esri Solutions (Local Government, Water Utilities, Land Records, 3D cities and campuses)
- Users with varying degrees of experience who author maps, analyze \ edit data, and manage GIS content
In total, we’re looking for 30 committed testers.
How it works…
Our sole intent and goal for this study is to assess the usability of our next generation professional desktop software; we want you to test our software, we’re not testing your computer, nor ArcGIS skills.
To consider you as a usability tester, we require that you are registered and approved by your employer to attend Esri User Conference and complete a pre-screening questionnaire—details below. Your time in the test lab is about 40 minutes.
Your test session will be recorded and observed by one or more members of the development team.
We thank you in advance for your time and look forward to meeting you in San Diego.
Among the most important activities at the Esri Oceans Summit (November 7–8, 2012; see prior blog post 1 and prior prior blog post 2) were the breakout groups, where participants were called upon to identify major barriers to the use … Continue reading
Note: A this workflow has been updated for ArcGIS 10.2/10.2.1. Please read that post depending on your version. [January 24, 2014]
More organizations are moving towards using ArcGIS.com hosted feature services to serve data. One common task that has become a popular question of late is, “How do I automatically update the data within this hosted service?” For example, your organization may want to push nightly updates to keep synchronized with the daily changes made by your Desktop users. One of the easiest ways this can be done as this blog describes, is by overwriting the feature service completely with an updated one.
The following Python script demonstrates how to:
- Turn a map document into a sddraft.
- Modify the XML inside with the appropriate settings.
- Analyze the draft for errors.
- Stage the sddraft into a .sd (service definition) file.
- Upload the service to ArcGIS.com. Note that this code shares the feature service with everyone on ArcGIS.com.
The Export Product Library Maps to Production PDF Python script uses Esri Production Mapping’s new Python site package, ArcPyProduction, to combine the capabilities of ArcPy and the geoprocessing functionality of product library. The primary function of this script is to … Continue reading
This blog demonstrates how you can debug a Python Toolbox (.pyt) to troubleshoot and fix any errors that may be causing your tool to fail or produce invalid results.
Sometimes it can be a real pain to use a graphic user interface, or GUI. With ArcGIS geoprocessing tools we have tried to make the tool GUI, the tool dialog, easy to use. But sometimes the repetitive nature of a task can make using a tool dialog time-consuming and inefficient. Continue reading
Last week 64-bit Background Geoprocessing was made available for download. We’ve had a few questions from keen Python scripters who want to “get out of the application” and use their big data crunching scripts in 64-bit. If you’re one of those keen scripters, all you need to do is make sure you’re executing against 64-bit Python; no other special commands or tricks needed. Continue reading
This short blog explains and demonstrates that our arcpy and arcgisscripting modules support the use of keyword arguments and by using them; you can avoid long tool signatures. Keyword arguments are associated with function calls. In our arcpy and arcgisscripting modules, geoprocessing tools are considered functions. When you use keyword arguments in a function call, the caller identifies the arguments by the parameter name. This allows you to skip arguments or specify them in a different order. Let us look at two examples: Continue reading