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Getting Started with the Python Scripting Language


Python underpins many functions in the ArcGIS System, especially in the Desktop product suite (ArcMap or ArcGIS Pro) where it is used to automate geoprocessing tasks, publish and create services within your portal and manage the ArcMap map document or the ArcGIS Pro Project.

This virtual training course will teach you the underlying Python scripting language and will provide you with a solid foundation to writing Python scripts. On completing this course you will have the necessary background skills to undertake the relevant Python courses for ArcMap, ArcGIS Pro and administering your portal using Python.

Please be aware that this course contains no instruction on how to perform geoprocessing using ArcPy or the ArcGIS API for Python.

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1 Day
Who is this course for?
GIS Analysts
GIS Technical Leads
GIS Professionals
GIS Desktop Application Developers
Application Developers
Learn how to create Python scripts
Investigate the Python language syntax
Understand what variables and objects are
Work with Python Lists, Tuples and Dictionaries
Process sequence objects using loops and perform conditional branching
Learn how to access additional functionality supplied with Python

– Access to internet
– HTML5 enabled browser
– Headset with Microphone

No previous programming skills are assumed.

Introducing the Python scripting language
Introducing Integrated Development Environments (IDEs); Statements

Introducing Python’s Basic Data Types
Variables and objects; Introducing Python Data Types; Working with Strings and numbers

Python’s built-in functions
Obtaining Python’s built-in functions; function syntax; obtaining help and best practice

Introducing Lists and Tuples
What is a Python List?; Working with the List object; Creating and processing a Python Tuple

Introducing Dictionaries
Introducing Python Dictionaries; Dictionary members

Conditional Branching, Operators and Loops
What is a conditional statement; Conditional statement syntax; Using operators; Looping through collections; Syntax rules for conditional branching and looping

Working with Python’s standard modules
Uses of modules; ways of importing modules; some of Python’s common modules

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