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ArcPy Development: Eclipse; PyDev; Virtualenv & Git Repository

Question asked by Playa on Feb 15, 2016
Latest reply on Feb 18, 2016 by curtvprice

I've been using Eclipse and PyDev as my IDE environment for Python over the last few years. I've not used a virtual environment or git repository up until now as my code has been simple scripts to automate daily tasks within ArcGIS.

 

I have found that managing my scripts and more recently my python programs is becoming more cumbersome. I have Python 2.7.5 32 bit as well as 64 bit installed. I'm using more and more 3rd party site packages such as ArcHydro ; HEC-RAS ; HEC-GeoHMS ; HEC-GeoRAS ; TauDEM to mention just a few. Some of my code is 32 bit as there are no 64 bit packages available or some of ArcGIS tools won't run within 64 bit. My hydrological python programs are 64 bit to take advantage of the additional memory and threading.

 

I'm looking for advice from the community on best practices (pythonic) for setting up a python development environment using Eclipse\PyDev with Virtualenv and a Git Repository. Based on my current online research its not that straight forward to get the Python versions installed by ArcGIS to work within a virtual environment using Python virtualenv.

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