Beginner's problems with iterating through an attribute table and exporting points

Discussion created by scoggins on Nov 16, 2011
Latest reply on Nov 17, 2011 by Dan_Patterson
I'm reasonably new to Python, with no programming experience (I'm told I don't need any!). Having problems thinking this one through and would like some help if anyone can offer.

I have a shapefile with a 47 point features in it.
I would like to iterate through and extract each feature to a single point.
Obviously I can do this using the export data function in ArcDesktop, but I'd like to start automating more frequently.
So, I know I can do this in Python, probably with the Select tool from ArcToolbox, and by iterating through the FID field in the attribute table to output each point. However, I have no idea how to get started on this, beyond 'import arcpy'.

Can anyone offer suggestions? Thanks.