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ArcPy and ArcGIS – Geospatial Analysis with Python by Silas Toms

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Python as a programming language

Over the past 40 years, programming languages have developed from assembly and machine code towards high-level abstracted languages that are much closer to English. The Python programming language was designed to overcome many issues that programmers were complaining about in the 1980s: slow development time, overly complicated syntax, and horrible readability. Van Rossum wanted to develop a language that could enable rapid code development and testing, have simple or at least readable) syntax, and produce results with fewer lines of code, in less time. The first version of Python (0.9.0) was released in 1991 and was freely obtainable from the start; Python was open source before the term open source was invented. ...

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