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Writing Advanced Scripts with Python


Python is an integral part of the ArcGIS System – it is used for automating geoprocessing tasks, data management processes and the maintenance of your maps, as well as managing and administering huge parts of your on-premise or online portal. This course will provide you with some advanced programming techniques while suggesting best practices which will aid the running and management of your Python scripts.

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

This course is based on version 3.6 or higher of Python.

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1 Day
Who is this course for?
GIS Professionals
GIS Users
GIS Technical Leads
GIS Desktop Application Developers
GIS Application Developers
Create Functions.
Accessing modules.
Working with Python classes.
Creating robust log files.
Building user interfaces in standalone applications.

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14th June 2024, 9th August 2024, 15th October 2024

  • Working with functions: What is a function, characteristics of a function, documenting functions, using *args and **kwargs.
  • Accessing modules and module security: Locations to import modules, updating a compiled Python file, module security.
  • Working with Python classes: What is a class, how do you create a class, the __init__ method, creating properties for the class, instantiating the class, creating methods, introducing abstraction.
  • Adding logging functionality: Create a simple text file for logging, use the logging module to create robust log files, accessing the logger object from multiple code modules, capturing run-time errors in log files.
  • Creating graphical user interfaces: What GUI toolkits exist for Python, creating a Tkinter form, Tkinter widgets, displaying widgets, resizing the dialog, using callbacks.

This course is aimed at those who have Python experience. You will be expected to know how to write Python scripts and will have attended the following course or have the equivalent experience: Getting Started with the Python Scripting Language.

“I really enjoyed the course and have a lot to take away and apply to my python workflows” Musa, UKHSA

“I really enjoyed the course and felt as though I got a lot out of it. Lots of information on how to use ArcPy and a good overview of how to find and use documentation to consolidate what was learned on the course.” Kevin, APHA

“Pace of course allowed me to try some of the learning on our own systems immediately after undertaking which provided great benefits” Paul, Rural Payments Agency

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