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Automation or Scripting

When I think back to my first exposure to GIS, it is through ARC/INFO. Just me and a command line. Everything was written in AML which made everything I created a script or even an app if you take the parlance that seems popular these days. I’ve beaten the drum about scripting and GIS so […]

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SpatialTau v2.1 – Scripting

SpatialTau is my weekly newsletter that goes out every Wednesday. The archive shows up in my blog a month after the newsletter is published. If you’d like to subscribe, please do so here. GIS and scripting go hand in hand.  With its roots in command line mainframe tools in the 70s and 80s, GIS required […]

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Esri Press:: Python Scripting for ArcGIS

This week I noticed Esri Press released a new book titled Python Scripting for ArcGIS. Python Scripting for ArcGIS is a guide for experienced users of ArcGIS Desktop to get started with Python scripting without needing previous programming experience. Experience with other scripting or programming languages (Perl, VBA, VB script, Java, C++) is helpful but […]

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Book Review — Map Scripting 101

A great intro to web mapping! I was thinking just the other day when someone asked, why were there not updated Google Maps API books out there. People like to read books, right? I mean, reading API pages is boring even for devs. I saw a review a couple weeks ago of Adam Duvander’s book, […]

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Scripting in GIS

There has been a ton of discussion about scripting in GIS in this thread. No matter what GIS platform you use, at some point you are writing a script to accomplish some sort of geoprocessing task. For me it was all AML until Python showed up. I never got into the VBScript/JScript stuff as AML […]

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Scripting in Python

When I first learned that ArcGIS 8 Desktop wasn’t going to support either Avenue or AML, I was very unhappy. As anyone who had done analysis with ArcInfo can attest, I had quite a library of AML scripts to accomplish almost anything. With ArcGIS 8 Desktop, I couldn’t use any of them. The thought I […]

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Software That Changed Your Life – 2020 Edition

Way back in 2006, I wrote a blog post called Software that Changed Your Life. Well that might be a big title for this post, but I was talking with some folks over the weekend about software you’ve used or software that has really influenced your life. I think many people say Google Earth has […]

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Toolkits

Bill and I have a podcast that we do almost once a month. Podcasts are a lot of fun because you can talk about things easier than writing about them. There is a free flow of ideas (or maybe garbage) out of your head and on to a mp3. One topic we talked about months […]

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GIS for Math

There was great reflection over Thanksgiving at my house. Well maybe that is hyperbole but I was asked how the heck did I get myself where I am today. I think I’ve told this story many times before on this blog, but one more time won’t hurt. I was working toward a degree in Economics […]

Speaking

I’m available on a limited basis for speaking engagements worldwide, including presenting at conferences and holding workshops. I’m an experienced public speaker, and my primary topics of focus are Spatial IT, GIS technology and usability, and open data. If you’d like me to speak at your event, please contact me via james@fee.fm or you can […]