I'm a somewhat experienced software engineer new to the GIS world. I started working on a GIS project that supports ArcGIS 9.3 and 10.0 and looking through existing code it looks like the main interface library is arcgisscripting. However, a google search of "arcgisscripting API" or any other variant I can think of only turns up blog posts, forum threads, or broken links.

Is there a core API or reference for arcgisscripting or writing Python scripts for ArcGIS? Am I doing it wrong and need to try something else?


In 9.3 you can use the following diagram: http://webhelp.esri.com/arcgisdesktop/9.3/index.cfm?id=979&pid=977&topicname=Geoprocessor_programming_model

In 10 they switched to using arcpy: http://help.arcgis.com/en/arcgisdesktop/10.0/help/index.html#/What_is_ArcPy/000v000000v7000000/

Hope this helps

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As of ArcGIS 10 its called arcpy. Keep in mind, you can also call all of the tools found in the Geoprocessing Tool Reference.

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