I have to extend the features of ArcGIS. I've been asked to create a model written in Python that can run out of ArcGIS 10.
This model will have a simple user interface where the user can drag/drop a variety of shapefiles and enter the values for particular variables in order for the model to run effectively. Once the model has finished running, a new shapefile is created that lays out the most cost effective Collector Cable route for a wind turbine from point A to point B.
I'd like to know if such a functionality/extension already exists in ArcGIS so i don't have to re-invent the wheel.
If not then what is the best programming language to learn to extend ArcGIS for this (Python vs Visual basic vs Java)?
Also any pointers in the right direction i.e documentation, resources, etc.