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Add-In: Date Parameter?

Question asked by jamesfreddyc on Apr 12, 2013
Latest reply on Apr 15, 2013 by jamesfreddyc
So, I am a ArcObjects/COM developer (C#/VB/.NET) struggling to accept the restrictions that are being placed on my new role as a Python Add-In developer!!! 

As you can probably guess at this point, my frustration resides with the limited GUI capabilities that are offered for creating new and functional tools for ArcGIS 10.1 --- don't get me wrong, I've managed to build some really functional geoprocessing tools for ArcToolbox and will continue to do that.  But I am struggling to incorporate the mapping environment.

Anyway --- to my question:

How can I acquire two date parameters from the user via a Python Add-In?

I do not see any datetime pickers available.  No textbox controls that I could arm-twist into date values.  There's a ComboBox control, but useless for my need.

I was also under the impression that at ArcGIS 10.0 I could use VisualStudio Express to build an Add-In (not a Python Add-In), which would provide access to those GUI components I want!  Is this a viable option (I know it wouldn't be Python-based)?

Thanks for listening and thanks for any input!