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ArcGIS Python API (Beta) Announced

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The API lets  users perform GIS visualization and analysis, spatial data/content management as well as organization administration, using both an interactive console, as well as scripts in a batch processing environment.

The API integrates well with the Jupyter Notebook and the SciPy stack, enabling academics, data scientists and GIS analysts to share programs and reproducible research with others.
The API has a modular design that makes it simple to use and understand. These modules contain classes, functions, and types for managing and working with the different elements of the GIS. The gis module provides an information model for GIS hosted within ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS. This module  includes functionality  for managing (creating, reading, updating and deleting) GIS users, groups and content. The viz module offers components for managing web maps and web scenes for visualizing GIS data and analysis. The tools module is used for consuming GIS functionality exposed from ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS web services, and the lyr module provides ways to access and use web layers. Pretty simple, right? We think of it as ‘GIS made easy’.
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The Python package for the API is delivered using conda. This makes it easy for developers to install and get started with the API right away.



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