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Programming ArcGIS 10.1 with Python Cookbook by Eric Pimpler

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Retrieving a toolbox alias

All toolboxes have an alias which, when combined with the tool name, provides a unique reference to any tool in ArcGIS Desktop. This alias is necessary because a number of tools have the same name. When referencing a tool from your Python script, it is necessary to reference both the tool name and tool alias.

Getting ready

In the last recipe we looked at the Clip tool. There are actually three Clip tools which can be found in the Analysis, Coverage, and Data Management toolboxes. Each Clip tool performs a different function. For instance, the Clip tool in the Analysis toolbox clips a vector feature class using an input feature, while the Clip tool in the Data Management toolbox is used to create a spatial subset of a raster. ...

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