Some Tools I Use As A GIS Developer

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I'm teaming up with Harrisburg University to hold the first-ever GeoDev Summit in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  The event will be held on March 5, 2018, and will have technical sessions for experienced GIS Developers, as well as those just getting started.  As I've been considering what types of sessions to provide for new developers, I thought … Continue reading Some Tools I Use As A GIS Developer

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CSS Hacks for Esri’s Web AppBuilder

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I've recently had the opportunity to develop a few web map apps using Esri's Web AppBuilder (Developer Edition) platform.  It's essentially a HTML5/JavaScript container that displays a web map and various widgets in a standard layout.  The Developer Edition allows you to create custom themes and add custom widgets, features that are not available in … Continue reading CSS Hacks for Esri’s Web AppBuilder

Converting Parcels to Address Points With a Python Script

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I feel that I have grown in leaps and bounds this year with my Python and ArcPy coding skills.  A big part of this has been the various projects I've taken on helping the Pennsylvania South Central Task Force's (SCTF) GIS Workgroup with its regional data sharing.  I've also been learning a lot about ArcPy … Continue reading Converting Parcels to Address Points With a Python Script

Automating GIS Workflows with Python Scripts

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This week I am presenting a session titled Automating Workflows with Python at the Pennsylvania GIS Conference.  The session walks people through the process of creating a Python script that can be set-up as a Windows Scheduled Task.  This would allow simple tasks like data replication and rebuilding address locators to automatically run on a weekly … Continue reading Automating GIS Workflows with Python Scripts

Script Example: Move and Unzip File; Rename Zipped File

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I wanted to share a script I developed as part of a regional GIS group Cumberland County is a member of.  Each member county extracts their data and uploads it to an FTP site.  Then a extract-transform-load process (several scripts) is completed to update the regional datasets.  The simple utility script I'm sharing accomplishes two goals: … Continue reading Script Example: Move and Unzip File; Rename Zipped File