In this chapter, we will configure both Python and our computer to work together to execute Python scripts. Path variables and environment variables will be configured to ensure that import statements work as expected, and that scripts run when they are clicked on. The structure of the Python folder will be discussed, as will the location of the ArcPy module within the ArcGIS folder structure. We will also discuss Integrated Development Environments (IDEs), programs designed to assist in code creation and code execution, and compare and contrast existing IDEs to determine what benefits each IDE can offer when scripting Python code.
This chapter will cover: