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I am particularly interested in location analytics, blending Business Intelligence with spatial analysis. Examples include retail/real estate site selection, trade area analysis, customer research, and marketing through demographic analysis.

I use Python for process and workflow automation, database reporting & manipulation, and developing new spatial tools.

I've been a GIS professional for 15+ years, most of which using ESRI tools (since Arc/Info 7.x). More recently I find myself using more open-source tools (QGIS, PostGIS, GDAL/OGR, web-based tools) and ultimately choosing "the right tool for the job" rather than being tied to a single vendor or toolset.


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comment How to remove a feature from a layer created with “Make Layer From Selected Features”?
Yep, that's another good workaround if its not possible directly.
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@ChrisW, you should add your response's as an additional answer so that it stands out better.
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comment ArcPy method to determine ArcMap document version
That's a great function, too. The only hesitation I would have against using this function is that it requires the user to download/install a third party library (oletools) which in some organizations users may not be able to do.
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comment How to trigger a Python script from an ArcGIS Desktop “save” operation?
That's a good suggestion if there are no other options. But as @MichaelMiles-Stimson mentioned, the whole point is to provide a "pain free" experience that just happens behind the scenes.
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comment How to trigger a Python script from an ArcGIS Desktop “save” operation?
I am looking for something to work on save of MXD.
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