[gis_info] Free Book Chapter - ArcGIS Blueprints

Eric Pimpler eric at geospatialtraining.com
Wed Nov 4 08:35:04 PST 2015

My new book, ArcGIS Blueprints, is scheduled for publication in November or
early December.  Today we’re releasing a sample chapter from the upcoming
book.  In this chapter you will learn how to automate the production of map
books using a combination of Data Driven Pages and Python with the ArcPy
Mapping module.

Chapter 3, Automating the Production of Map Books with Data Driven Pages
and ArcPy, can be downloaded at:

This book is an immersive guide to take your ArcGIS Desktop application
development skills to the next level

It starts off by providing detailed description and examples of how to
create ArcGIS Desktop Python toolboxes that will serve as containers for
many of the applications that you will build. We provide several practical
projects that involve building a local area/community map and extracting
wildfire data. You will then learn how to build tools that can access data
from ArcGIS Server using the ArcGIS REST API. Furthermore, we deal with the
integration of additional open source Python libraries into your
applications, which will help you chart and graph advanced GUI development;
read and write JSON, CSV, and XML format data sources; write outputs to
Google Earth Pro, and more. Along the way, you will be introduced to
advanced ArcPy Mapping and ArcPy Data Access module techniques and use
data-driven Pages to automate the creation of map books.

Finally, you will learn advanced techniques to work with video and social
media feeds. By the end of the book, you will have your own desktop
application without having spent too much time learning sophisticated

Eric Pimpler
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