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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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comment Creating drive time polygons using open source tools
Please share your experiences with HOW you did it, not just your product, or risk having your answer removed. See the site guidelines at: Avoid overt self-promotion and How to not be a spammer