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I'm a somewhat experienced software engineer new to the GIS world. I started working on a GIS project that supports ArcGIS 9.3 and 10.0 and looking through existing code it looks like the main interface library is arcgisscripting. However, a google search of "arcgisscripting API" or any other variant I can think of only turns up blog posts, forum threads, or broken links.

Is there a core API or reference for arcgisscripting or writing Python scripts for ArcGIS? Am I doing it wrong and need to try something else?

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As of ArcGIS 10 its called arcpy. Keep in mind, you can also call all of the tools found in the Geoprocessing Tool Reference.

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