Last Thursday, 24 February, I went to a meeting of the Dutch ArcGIS user group (AGGN) at the ArcGIS offices in Rotterdam.
I don’t know a whole lot about ArcGIS. I had a course on it at the university somewhere in 1997 or so. And I’ve been doing some programming on it for our “turtle” product, which (on the technical level) is a whole bunch of scripts that extend ArcGIS. (It is also a method of working with your data, but I’ll leave that for now).
I do know a whole whopping lot about Python. Indirectly, I got an invitation to tell something at that AGGN meeting about the Dutch Python user group.
I thought it would be nice to look around at such a user group meeting to get a better impression of the level of Python knowledge and the way of working of ArcGIS users. I always like to have a better feel for the audience for which I’m programming, it helps me to build better programs. Attending such a user group meeting is a good way for me to get a better feel.
So I joined a colleague who was also going. Actually, he was going to do one of the two cases, as the idea was to get everyone behind a computer and with the hands on the keyboard, typing actual Python code! So he didn’t mind having an extra pair of eyes and an extra brain full of Python knowledge at hand.
My name is Reinout van Rees and I work a lot with Python (programming language) and Django (website framework). I live in The Netherlands and I'm happily married to Annie van Rees-Kooiman.
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