arcpy in Visual Studio 2015

I wanted to switch from PyCharm to Visual Studio for my Python (more specific: arcpy) development, since we do a lot of developing in VS and I figured it would be nice to have a single development environment. I was pleasantly suprised that Python was available out-of-the-box after installing VS. But would it recognize my arcpy sitepackage (which was already present in my C:\Python27\ArcGISx6410.3 directory, since ArcGIS for Desktop is installed on my system).

Guess what? No, it didn’t.

But then I came across this blogpost. And it totally was applicable to my situation. So, if you think VS doesn’t understand arcpy, wait a few minutes after your first try… Thank you, Cindy Williams, for saving me a lot of frustration.

Look Ma, no squiggly lines!

Some more reading on arcpy in Visual Studio can be found here.

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ArcGIS Online Service Status: a shortcut

Last week, for the first time ever, we experienced an interruption in the hosted feature services of ArcGIS Online. Since we only found this out after colleagues started noticing strange behavior, I looked up the services status page of ArcGIS Online and added it to my bookmarks. It’s called ArcGIS Online Health Dashboard, and it’s located here: http://status.arcgis.com/.

Even more handy is the RSS to the same information: http://status.arcgis.com/rss/all.rss. You can add this to your favorite RSS reader, such as feedly or even in your Microsoft Outlook.

By the way, since we also use our own hosted services on Amazon, the same applies for the service status of Amazon Web Services: http://status.aws.amazon.com/ (RSS to Elastic Cloud Computing in Ireland region: http://status.aws.amazon.com/rss/ec2-eu-west-1.rss)