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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.


Oct
22
revised Parse error while inserting values into polygon feature
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Oct
22
awarded  Yearling
Oct
20
comment Question about licence
It would help if you identified WHAT SPECIFIC software you were interested in? There are many open-source GIS software products.
Oct
18
answered Qgis - Is there a way to split a polygon layer with a line layer?
Oct
17
comment File organization for sharing ArcGIS python code
So you store all of your scripts & toolboxes at the same folder level, correct?
Oct
17
comment Can you create feature classes with the same name in different feature dataset
Also see: Is there a performance hit from using a Feature Dataset?
Oct
17
comment Can you create feature classes with the same name in different feature dataset
A feature datasets "primary purpose is for organizing related feature classes into a common dataset for building a topology, a network dataset, a terrain dataset, or a geometric network."
Oct
17
revised How to Start Web Mapping?
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Oct
16
revised From text data create a FeatureClass with table with python
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Oct
15
revised How to Share Open Source Python Code for ArcGIS?
added link to github
Oct
15
comment Value of a Python programming course
@DavidF, you should really change your comment to an answer so it doesn't get lost. Good info!
Oct
15
revised How to Share Open Source Python Code for ArcGIS?
updated GitHub link to the main jumpoff link for multiple Esri accounts.
Oct
15
revised How to Share Open Source Python Code for ArcGIS?
updated ArcGIS Online link to redirected to ArcGIS Resources
Oct
10
awarded  Popular Question
Oct
10
comment What is the proper syntax and usage for ArcGIS “in_memory” workspace?
I agree with @egdetti. It is very useful, very powerful, and significantly speeds up processing. You do not actually need to delete the workspace/layer, however, as it will clean itself up when you close the application. As was mentioned, though, running the arcpy.Delete can be helpful (sometimes necessary) if you find yourself running out of RAM because you have too much stuff in the in_memory workspace.
Oct
10
comment We sent Client Esri Files and Now they want to See Polygons
@AnneHorrigan, in case it wasn't perfectly clear before, you can rename a shapefile, but you need to have matching "basenames" for all files in the "shapefile". For example, if the file started out as "olddata".<shp|shx|dbf|etc> you would need to rename all of the files to "newdata".<shp|shx|dbf|etc>.
Oct
9
revised How can I find out Persional GeoDatabase version?
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Oct
9
answered How can I find out Persional GeoDatabase version?
Oct
9
comment How can I find out Persional GeoDatabase version?
I would say this is actually the preferred method.
Oct
9
comment We sent Client Esri Files and Now they want to See Polygons
Bea aware that the name shape file is a misnomer. The shapefile format "is actually a set of several files. Three individual files are mandatory to store the core data that comprises a shapefile: ".shp", ".shx", ".dbf", and other extensions on a common prefix name (e.g., "lakes.*").". The viewer you choose to read them must be able to consolidate the multiple files into a single object. Attempting to read the *.shp alone will not work. See recommendations below for a suitable viewer for a shapefile.