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Programming ArcGIS 10.1 with Python Cookbook by Eric Pimpler

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Summary

In this chapter, we covered some of the fundamental Python programming concepts that you'll need to understand before you can write effective geoprocessing scripts. We began the chapter with an overview of the IDLE development environment for writing and debugging Python scripts. You learned how to create a new script, edit existing scripts, check for syntax errors, and execute the script. We also covered the basic language constructs including importing modules, creating and assigning variables, if/else statements, looping statements, and the various data-types including strings, numbers, Booleans, lists, dictionaries, and objects. You also learned how to read and write text files.

In the next chapter, you will learn the basic techniques ...

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