Announcing the Python for ArcGIS Course

Harrisburg Area Community College Lancaster Campus

Last summer was a busy and exciting season of life.  My wife and I welcomed our third child into the world, and I had the opportunity to develop the Python for ArcGIS course for Harrisburg Area Community College.  This self-paced online course is now available to purchase. The course consists of video lessons, exercises, and recommended … Continue reading Announcing the Python for ArcGIS Course

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Are You Thinking About Your Map Users?

people walking across a crosswalk in a city

Over the past few years, I've been working on a side project to update the hiking trails map for a small camp.  Though the project has taken longer than I anticipated, it has been very rewarding.  This past week, I think we finally finished the map.  And it was during this last revision process that … Continue reading Are You Thinking About Your Map Users?

Building the Find Zoning District By Parcel App

screen shot of a municipal zoning map

Our IT department is developing an online plan submission website for the County's Planning office.  In talking with the developers, the topic of finding the zoning district for a tax parcel (or piece of real estate) came up.  Our GIS department publishes services for both tax parcels and zoning districts.  I've also been wanting to … Continue reading Building the Find Zoning District By Parcel App

Building A Soils Clip Tool for Agricultural Preservation Reporting

wheat fields

I'm getting close to wrapping up a project for our Planning department and wanted to share about it.  It's a custom ArcGIS Desktop geoprocessing tool that stemmed from a conversation with one of our planners.  He was having trouble clipping a dataset.  After figuring out the issue, I had him walk me through his entire … Continue reading Building A Soils Clip Tool for Agricultural Preservation Reporting

Esri Map Service Loading & Error Events in Leaflet.js

screen shot of codepen demo map

Over the summer, we were having a recurring issue where our map services on ArcGIS Server were down.  It seemed to happen at random times.  I even received an e-mail while at a picnic about a service being down.  While this was annoying, more concerning was that my web maps built using Leaflet.js and consuming … Continue reading Esri Map Service Loading & Error Events in Leaflet.js

Automating File Transfer from an FTP Site With Python

computer hard drive disk

I wanted to share a project I'm working on as part of my involvement with South Central Task Force GIS Workgroup.  As part of our monthly regional data update process, a file geodatabase is created.  It contains updated versions of various datasets ranging from road centerlines to parks.    The geodatabase is zipped and placed … Continue reading Automating File Transfer from an FTP Site With Python