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Arcpy API vs ArcGIS Python API - eventual deprecation of arcpy?

Question asked by jay.gregory on Dec 22, 2016
Latest reply on Feb 23, 2018 by Oharani54

This falls under a more long term strategy question (which is also related to the Python language long term strategy as well...).  


Is it the plan to eventually deprecate the Python 2.x arcpy API in place of this?  In other words, if I was to refactor all my old arcpy scripts to this Python ArcGIS API supporting Python 3.x, would that be unnecessary work, or is this something that is going to come up eventually anyway?


Also, as someone that relies heavily on my arcpy scripts (including arcpy scripts for redeploying server instances, publishing services, ingesting data to RDBMS'), can someone speak to where it might be appropriate to start learning this API and where appropriate to continue using the older arcpy API...if at all?