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What are some resources for learning ArcPy?

I would like to learn ArcPy, but I do not know quite where to begin. Does anyone have any good advice on where I should start to learn ArcPy?
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Performance of ArcGISScripting and large spatial data sets

I am currently writing a python script using the arcgisscripting module to process a reasonably large data set (~10,000 records in total) normalised over a small number of tables, 8 in total. The ...
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How to include variable in where clause of arcpy.Select_analysis?

I am trying to loop through a shapefile, selecting each feature in turn and copying it to a temporary shapefile to by included in a union analysis. I'm using a cursor to find the ID name for each ...
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Porting Avenue code for Producing Building Shadows to ArcPy/Python for ArcGIS Desktop?

Whuber provided an answer at Producing building shadows? which required using Avenue code. Any idea how to make it work in ArcGIS Desktop 10?
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Listing all feature classes in File Geodatabase, including within feature datasets?

From python how can I build a list of all feature classes in a file geodatabase (*.gdb), including inside feature datasets? The standard example only lists feature classes at the top level of the ...
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How to make a GIS inventory?

My office will be seeing a big change in its GIS section. This section has been operational since the 1980's and has a huge collection of GIS data (i.e., shapefiles, raster files, data, etc) but never ...
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Get a point on a polyline from end points given distance along poly line

I have start point and end point of a polyline. How can I get a point on that polyline from end points specified by the given distance. How can I get this by using arcpy provided that this script ...
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How can I effectively debug arcpy Python scripts?

I have written many Python scripts using arcpy in ArcGIS 10, and so far my only means of debugging is restricted to printing messages to the geoprocessing results window using arcpy.AddMessage(). Are ...
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Creating table containing all filenames (and possibly metadata) in File Geodatabase?

I need to create a metadata-table for all files in a File Geodatabase or Spatial Database. It would be awesome if it were possible to automatically be updated with new filenames, and possibly even ...
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Creating summary table of symbology of all datasets in multiple MXDs?

This is related to the following Retain ESRI symbology in Mapinfo TAB . As an initial step (in arcpy) I want to access the symbology of all the datasets and create a document which has the details of ...
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How to create an oriented buffer using arcpy?

I would like to create an oriented buffer for every polygon in my shapefile using arcpy. By oriented I mean that I have two angles a1 and a2 that constraint the direction of the buffer. This is ...
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Inserting newlines in Rectangle Text elements via ArcPy causes overlap?

I ran across an issue the other day when I tried to use ArcPython's mapping module to edit rectangle text elements with newlines (\n) in an ArcMap document. Here's what the output looked like: ...
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How to sort a feature class and then calculate a sequential ID field?

I am in ArcMap and I want to sort the records based on a field and then do a Calculate Field with an auto-incrementing value with the sort in-place. Any ideas? It looks like I could get an update ...
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Ways to Speed Up Python Scripts Running As ArcGIS Tools

This is a pretty general question. I just wondering what tips and tricks GIS programmers have used to speed up arcpy scripts that you import into the toolbox and run. I work most everyday writing ...
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How to Refresh open attribute table in ArcMap using ArcPy rather than ArcObjects?

I am running the Calculate Field GP tool from the arcpy in ArcMap. When a row value is updated, it does not show up untill I use the Reload Cache tool (Table Options > Reload Cache). How do I refresh ...
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How to do a separate Python installation with ArcGIS?

I see a lot of threads asking how you can have a separate Python installation (e.g. the Anaconda or Python XY distribution) and get it to work with arcpy, while not 'breaking' ArcGIS at the same time. ...
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Setting Output Parameter in ArcPy for Server Tool

I have published the following script tool (which is wrapped in a model, i.e. just the script tool and all of its parameters) to ArcGIS Server 10. The GP service succeeds when run, but I cannot ...
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Change data source path in .LYR files in Arcgis 10

How can one change the source data paths for every layer file in folder X using arcpy? I've followed Updating and fixing data sources with arcpy.mapping as best I can, yet all I get is an unhelpful ...
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Permanently replace/update server/service in each ArcSDE Layer in MXD?

Using the mxd.findAndReplaceWorkspacePaths method, if and MXD is updated and the path the the .sde connection file moves again all of the data sources will break again. Is there a method to ...
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Adding new group layer with ArcPy?

Does anyone now how to add a group layer with Python in ArcGIS Desktop 10? I can use arcpy.mapping.AddLayer but surely this is only for an actual layer as opposed to a group layer. so far I have ...
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Renaming field using ArcPy?

What I need to do: rename a field name of a table/feature class copy all values to the new field So far I have done following code as @artwork21 suggests: import sys import traceback import arcpy ...
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Help with Python script for exporting mxds into pdfs!

I have written a python script to export my mxd into a pdf (not using data driven pages). I am getting the error that my mxd path is incorrect! I have included my script below. Any help would be ...
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How to prompt for user input during ArcGIS Python script tool execution?

I want to prompt for user input after all parameters have been specified for the script tool. I've seen many forum posts and stackexchange questions about this, and they all conclude that it's ...
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Reordering polygon shapefile permanently?

I've written a script which produces a polygon shapefile of the extents of all the thousands of rasters in our library. I want to organise the FID so that the files with the largest extents are on the ...
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Assign point IDs to respective start and end attributes of a polyline

I have two shapefiles, Point and Polyline. I'm trying to populate my polyline layer with the point data ID (systemID) where the lines start to where they end; eg. create two columns (from and to). The ...
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Alternatives to using Arcpy

I seem to use ESRI's Arcpy site package for virtually all of my python geoprocessing. To ESRI's credit, these are an incredible suite of tools that can help accomplish a great deal. However, I would ...
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Calling arcpy/python from .NET?

Are there any available examples that show how python can be integrated into a .NET ArcGIS Addin or Extension? I have a series of python scripts that I would like to call from form events (e.g. button ...
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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 to Share Open Source Python Code for ArcGIS?

My company just purchased ArcGIS software. I'll be writing scripts for ArcGIS in Python. Is there a community or open source project where this code can be shared?
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Exporting table to XYZ ASCII file via ArcPy?

I'm looking for a way to export an ArcGIS table (created with the Sample tool) to a text file via ArcPy. I can do this in ArcGIS via the context menu by right-clicking the table, but have not found ...
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Do ArcGIS SpatialReference object factory codes correspond with EPSG numbers?

I've got a project where I'm reading in geometry objects from text files to put them in ArcSDE. These geometry objects have an associated EPSG code, and I'm looking for a way to ensure they're in the ...
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Finding mid-point of line using ArcPy?

How can the mid-point of a polyline be calculated using the geoprocessing framework, e.g. in a Python script? The polyline.centroid property returns The true centroid if it is within or on the ...
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Remove lock on feature class

When i try to delete a feature class , after or during the use of an Arcgis engine app which uses the same feature class i got an error concerning the lock , so i can't get ride of this lock until i ...
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Adding shapefile as layer in ArcGIS Desktop using Python/ArcPy?

I am trying to automate various tasks in ArcGIS Desktop (using ArcMap generally) with Python, and I keep needing a way to add a shape file to the current map. (And then do stuff to it, but that's ...
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How to create shapefile from lat/long values using ArcPy?

How can I create a shapefile using Python in ArcGIS 10? I have lat & long. From this I need Python code which will create a shapefile in ArcGIS Desktop 10.
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How to get list of selected features in ArcGIS for Desktop using Python code?

I have a question regarding selections in ArcGIS for Desktop. Assumed I have one layer in ArcMap and I have selected two of five features. Is it possible to get a list of all selected features by ...
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Change Symbology of layers from within ArcMap

In an active ArcMap session - I want to change the symbology of a layer which is repeated multiple times in the mxd. Can I do this? The basic code I have for getting the layers is below. This is ...
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How to run OGR in ArcGIS Scripts?

When I run my script outside ArcGIS it works because during execution script uses a GDAL and OGR modules from osgeo. When I use script as a tool in ArcGIS it does not work. In PySripter I can import ...
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Spatial Analyst Cell Statistics seems to give the wrong answer in ArcGIS 10.0

I have a script that calculates standard deviation for a list of grids using the Cell Statistics function in Spatial Analyst for ArcGIS 10.0 The syntax is this: stdevGrid = ...
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arcpy.geometry __geo_interface__ and AsShape() function: loss of precision and holes

I'm serializing my arcpy geometries as geojson so that I can 'hydrate' them back as geometries later and I'm having 2 problems in the cycle.: PROBLEM 1: Precision R0 = ...
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Divide polygons into *n* number of groups of equal counts with ArcGIS 10.2

One of my tasks for work is to divide parcels into groups. These groups will be used by agents to talk to property owners. The goal is to make the agent's job easy by grouping parcels that are near ...
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How to find and delete identical points?

I recently performed Integrate on a merged point feature class in ArcGIS 10.1. I specified "1 meter" XY tolerance for the Integrate command. The resulting point feature appears to be what I want ...
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How to Calculate Field in joined table using ArcPy?

I have to calculate a field based on another field in a joined table, but an error occurs: "Parameters are not valid. ERROR 000728: Field !Table_A.field_A! does not exist within table" My code: ...
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Running ArcPy script from ArcObjects?

the standard method requires to run ArcPy script in command line, i've struggled with it to run but without a result, i can import arcpy, set the workspace to the geodatabase path and describe the env ...
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How do you get all the results from a Selection made by Attribute or Location using ArcPy?

Using arcpy I'm trying to get the results of a selection, or what is currently selected as a list. Basically I'm attempting to build an addin which on click will either perform an operation where I ...
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64 bit Python on ArcGIS 10.2.2 for Desktop

I am trying to have Python 64-bit with ArcGIS so that I can use my entire RAM when doing data analysis. Apparently ArcGIS 10.2 Desktop comes just with 'Python 32-bit'. Should I install a fresh Python ...
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Runtime error : ERROR 000358: Invalid expression using SelectLayerByAttribute in ArcPy?

I cannot for the life of me persuade SelectLayerByAttribute to work (I need to automate this for a complex script). Working in ArcMap's python console on already loaded shapefile, the format below: ...
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Sorting shapefile records on attribute to update new rank field using Python?

Basically, I am trying to sort the records within the shapefile based on an attribute(eg: pop) and then add a new field that indicates ranking based on the sort. eg: the record with the highest pop ...
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Adding/updating field to polygon feature class that lists bordering (neighbor) polygons?

I have a dataset of zipcodes. I want to add a new field "NEIGHBORS" that includes bordering polygons in a comma delimited manner such as attached image:
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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 ...