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With your experience with ArcGIS, the transition to QGIS should be quite rapid, and the ability to relate operations to a client will be very straightforward. Programming, or scripting in QGIS or ArcGIS just takes practice, and an understanding of the object models. I am a big fan of the books by Anita Graser, Joel Lawhead, and Eric Westra. They have all ...


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I needed to review QGIS for its potential on a project. I found the few books available to be quite useful for getting started on the software. As with any book it will fall behind the software updates, but the core doesn't change that much. I was more interested in PyQGIS (e.g. QGIS Python Programming Cookbook), but there are also some for the software ...


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I started with this recently. It might be outdated slightly in terms of the version it was wrote around but it explains all the basics in a simple yet comprehensive manner. It will allow you to start producing maps immediately. Link - QGIS Training Manuel


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A few days after posting this question I finally found the procedure the ESRI rep had mentioned. Here is the link https://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=133a6dc35a5f45d094b73effa68fefcb It is not the best solution but it is available if need be.


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Just my $0.02, there may be better ways. arcpy.env.overwriteOutput() Handle this yourself, ogr.Driver.DeleteDataSource() and ogr.DataSource.DeleteLayer() can handle this. You can use OGR_TRUNCATE, but this appears to be at the layer level arcpy.MakeFeatureLayer_management() If you have writable ogr.DataSource, then ogr.DataSource.CreateLayer(...) ...


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I think that the direct equivalencies are impossible unless you have a person who knows ArcPy and GDAL. Moreover the GDAL/OGR Python bindings (osgeo (GDAL/OGR) are not very "Pythonic" and difficult. It exists other easier alternatives ( Fiona, Pyshp (shapefile), GeoPandas,shapely, rasterio, ...). The last module is compared to ArcPy in Comparing Map ...


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List of free GIS Courses 2016 - http://www.50northspatial.org/oglyad-beskoshtovnyh-onlajn-kursiv-z-gis-2016-roku/



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