I’m trying to find the best solution for adding/update a new/old record in a feature class in ArcMap 10.3 environment using a GUI. I’ve done some research for the last couple of days trying to identify the solution that will best fit my needs but because I haven’t got experience with developing for ArcMap I’ve ended up on this forum. My experience in programming is related to using VBA with Excel and AutoCAD and some Java and Python codding. The main structure of the input is described in the picture bellow. Basically it should collect some data based on a user input, get some additional input based on the initial input and add a new record in a polygon feature class. Considering what I’ve understood so far it looks like I can use ArcObjects or a combination between Custom Script Tool and Python with a possibility of including PyQT as well . I’ve spent some time in trying to see if ArcObjects for .Net is the proper tool and looks like I will be able to get what I need but I was wondering if there is a better approach or if I can do it without ArcObjects. I am most worried about the select/create feature from the drawing with snapping capabilities and branching functionalities.
closed as primarily opinion-based by PolyGeo♦ Jul 13 '16 at 19:32
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I'm not sure if I would recommend ArcObjects/.NET if you have no experience with either ArcMap or .NET. But if you decide to go this way, start small, e.g. by creating an addin based on the Visual Studio templates that come with the ArcObjects SDK. After you do that a few times, throw everything away and do it again in the proper way ;-)
An addin built with ArcObjects/.NET could definitely do what you want, but you should get to know ArcMap before you start programming for it. As a beginner, I wanted to force ArcMap to work the way I wanted, but later I found that it is far better — or at least less stressful — to adjust my application to the way ArcMap works.
In this case, I think I would use standard ArcMap functionality to do the geometry-editing part. It is already very powerful, and there's no point in rebuilding features such as snapping and other advanced editing that ArcMap offers.
You can use Windows Forms to build your custom dialogs, and have them popup after certain events are raised by ArcMap, e.g. after the user has created a new feature. You can also use these events to set default attribute values, do validations etc.
Disclaimer: I don't know PyQT, so I can't say if that's better or worse than .NET. It probably depends on your own knowledge of these tools.