Syntax for import statement in codeblock for python script

Discussion created by danielchaboya on Jun 20, 2013
Latest reply on Jun 20, 2013 by JScheirer-esristaff
I'm trying to use the CalculateField tool in a script tool and part of this includes using the arcgis.rand function.  I read somewhere that the calculate field tool has it's own globals and that I would need to use the import statement at the begining of the codeblock in order for the tool to work.  If I don't import it in the codeblock, I receive an error "Name 'arcgis' is not defined". So, can anyone help in setting the syntax for the import statement. 

This is an example from the ESRI Resource site ...


Expression Type:

Code Block:
import math
def MetersToFeet(area):
  return math.pow(3.2808, 2) * area

This is what I have coded ...

    expression = "id_gen()"

    codeblock = """def id_gen(size = 9, chars = string.ascii_uppercase + string.digits):
    return ''.join(random.choice(chars) for x in range (size))"""

    arcpy.CalculateField_management(sewer, fieldName, expression, "PYTHON", codeblock)