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Introduction to Python Programming

  • 17 Sep 2023
  • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
  • Yakima Convention Center


Python is now regarded as one of the most popular programming languages of all, if not the most popular. This is especially true for GIS-related requirements, with Python being front and central when it comes to making the most of the ArcGIS technology suite. This workshop will provide an introduction to Python programming without reference to GIS topics, but with an emphasis on preparing attendees for further learning with respect to GIS scripting and development. For anyone interested in attending the associated workshop, "Introduction to ArcGIS Pro Python Tools and Processes Development," this introductory workshop is a prerequisite requirement, while the workshop may also be helpful for anyone wishing to use Python for any purpose.

Three topics will be covered in the workshop: (1) getting started with Python; (2) the use of JetBrains PyCharm Community Edition, a rich, powerful, and free Integrated Development Environment (IDE); and (3) Python fundamentals, including functions, classes and objects, and error handling.

Intended Audience
Anyone wishing to learn the fundamentals of Python programming, especially in support of ArcGIS-related requirements.

Prerequisite Requirements
There are no prerequisite requirements. It will be assumed that attendees have little experience with Python and are essentially starting from scratch.

Associated Workshop
Completion of this workshop is required for anyone wishing to attend the associated "Introduction to ArcGIS Pro Python Tools and Processes Development" workshop. An exception to this requirement will be made if the instructor is satisfied that your level of Python experience is such that attending the introductory workshop is not necessary. If required, please contact the instructor to request a waiver.

Format and Technical Requirements
The workshop will consist of a balance between lecture material and demonstrations. Attendees must bring their own laptop. Instructions for setting up the required software will be provided prior to the workshop.

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