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Programming ArcGIS 10.1 with Python Cookbook by Eric Pimpler

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Appendix B. Five Things Every GIS Programmer Should Know How to Do with Python

In this chapter, we will cover the following recipes:

  • Reading data from a delimited text file
  • Sending e-mails
  • Retrieving files from an FTP server
  • Creating ZIP files
  • Reading XML files

Introduction

In this chapter, you will learn how to write scripts that perform general purpose tasks with Python. Tasks, such as reading and writing delimited text files, sending e-mails, interacting with FTP servers, creating .zip files, and reading and writing JSON and XML files. Every GIS programmer should know how to write Python scripts that incorporate this functionality.

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