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Scripting in Python for ArcGIS – The Basics (FIRST OFFERING)

Presenter(s):  Jennifer Harrison


Python is a scripting language that can be used to automate data management tasks in ArcGIS. Being able to write a basic script is an important skillset for a GIS professional. This workshop will introduce you to the basic concepts of programming in ArcGIS, starting at the very beginning: Why would you want to script? Where do you go to write your first script? What is a script? It will teach you the syntax rules for writing a script and give you an understanding of Object-Oriented Programming and the arcpy module, which is used in Python to get to ArcGIS components. This course is taught using ArcMap, but much of what you learn will translate directly into ArcGIS Pro when you are ready to migrate. This workshop is for those who have never programmed before but want to start!

Key Takeaway: Attendees will learn the basics of Python so that they can start using the language to automate tasks in ArcGIS.

Intended Audience: This workshop is for GIS professionals who are comfortable with ArcMap but have never programmed.

About the presenter(s):

Jennifer Harrison is the CEO of TeachMeGIS. Jennifer has a B.A. in Mathematics and an M.S. in Geosciences from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky.  She has been consulting in the GIS field since 1992 and has been teaching Esri software (ArcGIS, Workstation ARC/INFO, AML® and ArcView) since 1997.  Jenny has been named one of ESRI's top 5 instructors in the US for several quarters.