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July 23, 2014
Esri Press Announces GIS Tutorial for Python Scripting

Redlands, Calif., July 14, 2014—Python is a key tool for scripting geoprocessing functions and tasks in ArcGIS for Desktop, but many GIS professionals have not had the opportunity to learn it. New from Esri Press, GIS Tutorial for Python Scripting, by David W. Allen, is a workbook filled with hands-on programming exercises. It will help GIS users become comfortable working with Python, whether on-the-job or within an advanced GIS course.  Python helps make workflows in ArcGIS for Desktop more efficient and saves countless hours by automating repetitive tasks.

GIS specialists who develop Python proficiency, particularly those who do not have a programming background, benefit by

  • Saving time on many GIS tasks by using Python scripts to automate workflows.
  • Customizing ArcGIS for Desktop to better match the work at hand with custom menus and add-ins.
  • Easily sharing Python toolboxes and scripting tools with others in the organization.

To gain the most value from the book, some prior experience using ArcGIS for Desktop is required. Exercise data is provided and instructors can request supplemental resources for coursework.

Allen is the GIS manager for the City of Euless, Texas. He has taught at Tarrant County College since 1999, where he helped found one of the first GIS degree programs in Texas and establish a state standard for GIS degree programs. He is the author of GIS Tutorial 2: Spatial Analysis Workbook (Esri Press, 2013) and Getting to Know ArcGIS ModelBuilder (Esri Press, 2011) and the coauthor of GIS Tutorial 3: Advanced Workbook (Esri Press, 2011).

GIS Tutorial for Python Scripting is available in print (ISBN: 9781589483569, 288 pages, US$69.99) and e-book format (ISBN: 9781589483972, 288 pages, US$69.99). The book is available at online retailers worldwide, at esri.com/esripress, or by calling 1-800-447-9778. Outside the United States, visit esri.com/esripressorders for complete ordering options, or visit esri.com/distributors to contact your local Esri distributor. Interested retailers can contact Esri Press book distributor Ingram Publisher Services.

About Esri

Since 1969, Esri has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS technology, Esri software is used in more than 350,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. Esri applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world's mapping and spatial analysis. Esri is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us at esri.com/news.

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