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How to unit test ArcObjects with Mocking

I'm a huge fan of unit testing, but still make use of a FGDB to grab features for running unit tests against when using the ArcObjects framework. Is anyone successfully using mocking against thinks ...
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Best place for (structured) ArcGIS tutorials

I've been through University for a Geography degree and am now working on a PhD in Remote Sensing. As part of my undergraduate degree I did a couple of GIS courses, but they concentrated mainly on the ...
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Performance - using multiple file geodatabases as opposed to one

I'm trying to decide the best way to organize my data for an ArcEngine application. I am particularly interested in map display and query speed. Currently I have all of my data separated into separate ...
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How to merge two 'incompatible' polygon layers in ArcGIS?

I have two layers of polygons with administrative boundaries. Although they come from the same data provider, they seem to have small discrepancies and do not 'fit' each other. How could I merge ...
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Which data format typically displays fastest? (ArcMap)

My organization is working on an application running on ArcGIS Engine. Previous versions of the application used primarily Shapefiles for displaying roads, parcels, buildings, etc. Since I was taught ...
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Add arbitrary code to Arcgis model builder?

Is there any way to add arbitrary code snippets to an Arcgis model? I envision something similar to the "show code block" the expression builder in advanced labelling or field calculator. For ...
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ArcGIS Server - HeatMap for to identify hotspots on a cached service

ArcGIS Server lets you create cached map services. These can be consumed by various applications (ArcGIS Desktop, web apps, etc) I would like to get an idea on which areas of my cache are getting hit ...
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How to create an error map to support an average kernel density map?

I've created an average kernel density map by running KDEs on points stacked within the same spatial extent. For example, say we have three point shapefiles representing seedlings in three different ...
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How to find and merge duplicate points?

I have two point shapefiles: Red and Blue. Each point shapefile has a z value which represents a radius (i.e. represented as buffers in the example). A duplicate point is defined as a point that ...
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Efficiently finding the 1st order neighbors of 200k polygons

For every one of the 208,781 Census block groups, I'd like to retrieve the FIPS IDs of all of its 1st order neighbors. I have all the TIGER boundaries downloaded and merged into a single 1GB ...
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Does SHAPE_Length take into account elevation values?

Does the Shape_Length attribute take into account the elevation? For instance, if I have 3 points: A, B, and C A.X = 10 A.Y = 10 A.Z = 10 B.X = 10 B.Y = 10 B.Z = 50 C.X = 0 C.Y = 0 C.Z = 10 Then I ...
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Open-source software for managing terabytes of different formats of geospatial data?

I have a problem that I am sure many GIS Teams or Departments have which is how to find, keep track of and manage multiple different datasets from multiple sources. I have read the responses from a ...
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Implement ArcGIS Custom Features with C#?

Is it possible to implement custom features in .NET? If so, how? I suspect the issue is being able to do COM aggregation with .NET, but I can't find anything on that ... Does anyone know if it is ...
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Transform metadata in xml format to html

I extract metadata from the GDB_UserMetadata SDE table. Now I want to transform that xml to html so that I can view it from my browser. To do that I use the ISO.xsl stylesheet found in C:\Program ...
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Interpolation for timeseries in ArcGIS

I'm trying to calculate average rainfall value from a number of points using Inverse Weighted Distance tool in ArcGIS 9.3. My problem is that: each point has it own time series, therefore the ...
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Which ESRI software is need to open MXD files?

I received a group of MXD, AHD, and XML files on a CD from a client. What is the least expensive ESRI software that would be needed to view the information contained in these files? I only need to ...
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Creating a square buffer around a point feature in ArcMap

I would like to create a square buffer from a point feature. I do not understand the code that gos into it. This similar questions as asked on the forums.esri website but that was over 10 years ago. ...
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How does ArcGIS compute the distance between two points with a non-equidistant projection?

This is a follow-up question to my previous one, Can you suggest some well-written introductory texts about coordinate system projections? Let's assume I'm working with the CH1903 map projection, ...
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How to get raster image as array in Python with ArcGIS

When starting to work with Python and ArcGIS 9.3, I assumed there would be a simple way to get a raster image into a Python array so that I can manipulate it before storing it back as another raster ...
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What is the proper syntax and usage for ArcGIS “in_memory” workspace?

I am unclear how best to use the in_memory workspace in ArcGIS. The best resource I have found on the subject is from ESRI on Using in-memory workspace. Unfortunately, the help section is not very ...
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Is there a tool or process that will automatically snap endpoints of polylines within a given proximity (ArcMap 9.3)?

A friend of mine created a network of polylines that were all supposed to be connected. However, he just realized that many of the endpoints of the lines aren't connected, but are very close. I told ...
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How to create random points outside polygons?

The tool Create Random Point is able to generate a certain number of points within polygons. I am wondering, given a bounding box, is there any way that I can generate random points outside those ...
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Merge polygon in a shapefile based on a field value

Hello I have a shapefile with a lot of polygons in it. These polygons are grouped into a category: district. How can I merge the polygons based on the same name of the category within this shapefile?
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Difference between network dataset and geometric network

In ArcGIS, what is the difference between a "network dataset" and a "geometric network"? Are there differences with what can be done with each?
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How can I speed up slow-loading, template-generated MXDs?

I have an ArcMap template (.mxt) file which causes .mxd documents created with it to take 5-10 minutes to load (if it ever loads). Even after stripping out all the data sources and tables, the issue ...
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Speeding up my Python calculated field

I am new to Python and have started to create scripts for ArcGIS workflows. I am wondering how I can speed up my code to generate an "Hours" double numeric field from a timestamp field. I start with ...
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How to change feature class and field aliases in bulk?

I have over a hundred FCs, each with 10 or 20 attributes to add or change the aliases for, two or more times a year. Needless to say, this is not something I'm going to grunt my way through. How can I ...
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Is there a ArcGIS python script development API?

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 ...
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How to find the distance of a point along a polyline?

We need to find the distance of a series of point along a given polyline. We have a polyline dataset repsenting rivers in a catchment, broken up into river reaches (FID 1 through 35 for example). We ...
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How to get the size of a file geodatabase feature class on disk?

Is there a simple way to determine the amount of hard drive space a feature class takes up? I feel like I'm missing something simple, but I don't recall a method that does so. You would think that ...
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Learning .NET for arcgis use (mainly desktop) - how to start?

I know that many of you guys don't like GIS analysts that turn (or act as part time) programmers and think that their codes are sloppy (which I guess that they are many times) but as everybody has to ...
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Can ArcGIS and OSGeo4W share the same python install?

I don't like unnecessary duplication. Is it possible to install python only once and have both ArcGIS and OSGeo4W use it?
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How can I use a neural network in GIS?

I'd like to learn how to use a neural network in GIS. I surfed in the internet to find good resources or a tutorial about this but I couldn't find any helpful resources. Are there any good references ...
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Programatically split a polygon with a line

In looking at this question, it occurred to me that I am not sure how one would go about using geoprocessing tools in ArcGIS to split a polygon with a line programatically. Manually, you would use ...
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“Field Mapping” in ArcGIS 10 - ArcPy

I've wrote a Python script that does a spatial join and some simple calculations. My problem is with setting the merge rule for one specific field, and leaving the rest of the fields as is. For ...
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Best ways to embed dynamic maps into PDF files

Working in consulting, I found that sending clients PDF file with my embedded maps is one of the best ways to achieve a wow-effect from them. The latest pdf file formats all support the layers feature ...
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Is it possible to expose Google Maps as background map through ArcGIS server?

I am doing a (non commercial) project where the client doesn't have the budget for purchasing map data like that provided by TeleAtlas. They only need map data for a background map, and they'd like to ...
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How to find differences between shapefiles?

Every month I have to QA/QC some streets data for an entire county (over 47,000 records). The first step is to compare the two files. Currently, I'm using a tool that was created in house via VBA ...
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How to identify polygons with “flag” sliver errors

Working in ArcMap, I have come across errors in a polygon layer that I will call "flag slivers" (taken from similar language in parcels call "flag lots"). These sliver polygons (see image below) are ...
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Setting parameters in Script Tool using Python

I hate to bug you all with the same problem over and over again but I run into a new problem everytime I make a slight change to the code. All I did to the code below was to replace field names to ...
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Measuring distances between simultaneous points

I am working with GPS data and so I have UTM's with DATE/Time information. I have 2 groups of species (moose and wolves). I want to join the information from moose to wolves that match in time. So, ...
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Any experiences or “gotchas” integrating Whitebox GAT (free and open) with the ArcMap UI?

I wrote a number of ArcGIS VBA automations in grad school; however, they're fully dependent on the ESRI SpatialAnalyst extension, which is not only closed-source but expensive to the point of ...
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Can concurrent processes be run in a single model?

In model builder (for Arc GIS 10) is it possible to run two or more geoprocessing operations concurrently? For example I have to run repair geometry on 2 files and then merge them. Currently it ...
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How does ArcGIS calculate the “inside” point for “Feature to Point”

Let me back up and say that from what I understand there are two common ways to calculate the centroid of a polygon in ArcGIS: Using Calculate Geometry on fields within the attribute table of the ...
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Is there an automated/geoprocesing tool In ArcGIS to slice, clip, or cut polygons using polylines?

Looking for a simpler method here. I am trying to split up / cut / slice existing polygons by using existing poly-lines. An example would be splitting a water body or land parcel at the point where a ...
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How to create arcs between two points in Python?

I've been working on an python script automating the visualization of live point data. I have a table with two coordinate pairs. I'd like to connect these two point with an arc of a circle or similar ...
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How do I use variables from one Python script in other Python scripts?

I want to set up a single python file containing variables that have the locations of all my data sources. This would then be used by all my other scripts, then as a data source changes, I only have ...
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How to develop GUI in Python for geoprocessing?

I want to develop GUI in Python for geoprocessing, but I don't know what is the best GUI tool or library (Tkinter, PyQT, wxPython) for geoprocessing? Can I use PyQT for GUI programming in ArcGIS?
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Subset Folder Contents ArcPy

I have about 1500 .txt files within a folder named 3410001ne => 3809962sw. I need to subset about 470 of these files to process with a Python script. Below is the section of code prior to my for ...
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How do you deal with broken MXD\LYR paths?

In relation to this question, In the past, whenever I cleaned up a bit and moved layers around (or changed their names) my MXD's paths were broken and it was one pain-in-the-arse to correct them. ...