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A Python Primer for ArcGIS® Paperback – 5 Dec 2011

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Product details

  • Paperback: 462 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (5 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146627459X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466274594
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,145,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nathan Jennings is experienced in GIS, Remote Sensing, GPS, GIS for web, geospatial technology, consulting, and business systems integration. He is a full-time GIS professional with the City of Sacramento; he has designed and currently teaches courses in GIS Programming, Remote Sensing, Web Map Application Development, GPS, and GIS software at American River and Sacramento City Colleges in the Los Rios Community College system in Sacramento. Mr. Jennings has worked in the private sector both nationally and internationally in natural resource management, in government organizations and agencies, as a consultant for public and private organizations, and as an adjunct professor. Nathan has a passion for learning, teaching, and honing his craft. When Nathan is not working for the City of Sacramento or teaching, he can be found on the hiking trails in the Sierra Nevada mountains and along the Pacific coast or gardening in his back yard. In an alternative state, he attempts to keep up with his family and a motley collection of pets. See his website for more details: www.jenningsplanet.com

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Good introduction, giving step by step instructions. Covers all ways of interacting with layouts, maps, feature classes, and even models through python script. This has enabled me to automate some of my regular work. Examples are a bit repetitive. Glenn
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x955b4e7c) out of 5 stars 26 reviews
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By Navigator - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is riddled with typo's and gramatical errors. Apparenty, in the rush to publish, they failed to proof read the text. It has a lot of talk with little action. You may want to wait for a better written and organized book. Unfortunately, there is little to choose from regarding GIS and Python.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94497138) out of 5 stars Frustration 1: 26 Aug. 2012
By Anna Barendt - Published on Amazon.com
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I hate it when there are grammar errors in scholastic books. (I worked my way through this book this summer (2012) as part of an independent study through a local college. If there are grammar errors, then I don't trust anything else the author has written because it could flat out be wrong. So, if something didn't work I had a hard time figuring out if I did something incorrectly or the author flubbed it--spent too much time on that one issue.)

Frustration 2: Implied: "We can teach you to do this, even if you don't know Python or how to write code." Umm, right. I had a clue, as I know VB 2010 and Java, and ran into roadblocks; for someone with no clue, not good.

Frustration 3: Someplace in the book there was a statement something like, "You should have a good map template if you want to create script to manipulate it." Okay, and how/where do we learn to do that?

Frustration 4: There were no hints of what to do if something didn't work. Basically, "here is my template, fill it in (from the examples), and there you go." (Life, ArcGIS, and Python are never that simple).

Frustration 5: No index. (Else I would give you the precise quote and page number re templates.)

Did like that the code was given for the try: and except: blocks, because that is a higher concept of coding and can be crazy to write.
Did like the discussion re progression and flow of code in the early chapters and creating the code outline/skeleton.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x944a5b70) out of 5 stars Awkward and low standard book 27 July 2012
By Wufei - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book has an awkward way of describing and presenting cases and examples. Mostly it keeps referring to ArcGIS Web Help for more information on certain topics. This feels like a very low standard for what could have been an excellent book!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x948ec5c4) out of 5 stars Simple reorganization of ESRI help files 28 Oct. 2012
By Moon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book seems to reorganize ESRI help files. The examples are too poor to use in GIS project directly. It covers a little further than using the toolboxes in ArcGIS desktop. Python programmers having little experience related to ArcGIS Desktop might benefit from this book to understand how toolboxes can be scripted in python, but I would recommend you to read the ESRI website.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94581ec4) out of 5 stars Rough around the edges 2 Jun. 2013
By S. Ball - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book seemed oh-so-promising. But it isn't quite ready for prime time. When I bought it, it was the only ArcGIS/Python book out there, but now there are other options that are much more polished.

The book is easy to follow, and I picked up a few useful tips. (I was experienced with ArcGIS, but new to Python.) However, I quickly became frustrated. For many issues, the book advises referring to the Python or ArcGIS help files. Not necessarily a bad suggestion, but I don't need a book for that. The writing style is long-winded with numerous errors. And to cap it all, there is no index, which makes it almost impossible to use the book as a reference.

I didn't realize when I bought it that this book was self-published. Unfortunately, that shows.
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