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Programming ArcGIS 10.1 with Python Cookbook by Eric Pimpler

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Accessing ArcPy with Python

Before you can take advantage of all the geoprocessing functionality provided by ArcPy, you must first import the package into your script. This will always be the first line of code in every geoprocessing script that you write.

Getting ready

ArcPy is a Python site package that is part of the ArcGIS 10 release, and fully encompasses the functionality provided with the arcgis scripting module at ArcGIS 9.2, which further enhances its capabilities. With ArcPy you have access to the geoprocessing tools, extensions, functions, and classes for working with ESRI GIS data. ArcPy provides code-completion and integrated documentation for the modules, classes, and functions. ArcPy can also be integrated with other Python modules ...

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