Monthly Archives: September 2009

Want to Create Python Scripts? Try the F-C-P-M-T Method

We got a lot of requests on our Esri Training survey for more courses on scripting, particularly with Python, the preferred scripting environment for ArcGIS Desktop. Currently, we have an instructor-led course and a variety of e-Learning resources that cover Python scripting.

So why the big interest in scripting? The main reason is that scripts allow you to automate GIS workflows that would be time-consuming to complete one task at a time. For example, suppose you needed to update attributes for thousands of features on a daily basis. You can write a script to update the attributes, and have the script run at a specific time each day (or at night after working hours). Continue reading

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