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ValueTable

Summary

A value table is a flexible object that can be used as input for a multivalue parameter. It exists only during the lifetime of the geoprocessing object that created it.

Discussion

setRow's value argument is space delimited. Any value used in the value argument that contains spaces must be enclosed in quotations. In the following example, a value table with two columns has a feature class and an index value added:

value_table.setRow(0, "'c:/temp/land use.shp' 2")

Syntax

 ValueTable  ({columns})
ParameterExplanationData Type
columns

The number of columns.

(The default value is 1)

Integer

Properties

PropertyExplanationData Type
columnCount
(Read Only)

The number of columns.

Integer
rowCount
(Read Only)

The number of rows.

Integer

Method Overview

MethodExplanation
addRow (value)

Adds a row to the value table.

addRow's value argument is space-delimited. Any value used in the value argument that contains spaces must be enclosed in quotations. In the following example, a value table with two columns has a feature class and an index value added:

vtab.addRow("'c:/temp/land use.shp' 2")

exportToString ()

Exports the object to its string representation.

getRow (row)

Gets a row from the value table.

getTrueValue (row, column)

Gets value from a given column and row.

getValue (row, column)

Gets value from a given column and row.

loadFromString (string)

Restore the object using its string representation. The exportToString method can be used to create a string representation.

removeRow (row)

Deletes a row from the value table.

setColumns (number_of_columns)

Sets the number of columns for the value table.

setRow (row, value)

Updates a given row within the value table.

setRow's value argument is space-delimited. Any value used in the value argument that contains spaces must be enclosed in quotations. In the following example, a value table with two columns has a feature class and an index value added:

vtab.setRow(0, "'c:/temp/land use.shp' 2")
setValue (row, column, value)

Updates the value of a given row and column.

Methods

addRow (value)
ParameterExplanationData Type
value

The row to be added.

Object
exportToString ()
Return Value
Data TypeExplanation
String

The string representation of the object.

getRow (row)
ParameterExplanationData Type
row

The row index position.

Integer
Return Value
Data TypeExplanation
String

A row from the value table.

getTrueValue (row, column)
ParameterExplanationData Type
row

The row index position.

Integer
column

The column index position.

Integer
Return Value
Data TypeExplanation
String

The value of a given column and row.

getValue (row, column)
ParameterExplanationData Type
row

The row index position.

Integer
column

The column index position.

Integer
Return Value
Data TypeExplanation
String

The value of a given column and row.

loadFromString (string)
ParameterExplanationData Type
string

The string representation of the object.

String
removeRow (row)
ParameterExplanationData Type
row

The index position of the row to remove.

Integer
setColumns (number_of_columns)
ParameterExplanationData Type
number_of_columns

The number of columns for the value table.

Integer
setRow (row, value)
ParameterExplanationData Type
row

The index position of the row to update.

Integer
value

The value to update the given row.

Object
setValue (row, column, value)
ParameterExplanationData Type
row

The row index.

Integer
column

The column index

Integer
value

The value to update the given row and column.

Object

Code sample

ValueTable example

Use ValueTable to hold feature class names and ranks for the Union tool.

import arcpy

# Set the workspace. List all of the feature classes in the dataset
arcpy.env.workspace = "c:/data/landbase.gdb/Wetlands"
feature_classes = arcpy.ListFeatureClasses()

# Create the value table for the Analysis Union tool with 2 columns
value_table = arcpy.ValueTable(2)

# Iterate through the list of feature classes
for fc in feature_classes:
    # Update the value table with a rank of 2 for each record, except
    #   for BigBog
    if fc.lower() != "bigbog":
        value_table.addRow(fc + " 2")
    else:
        value_table.addRow(fc + " 1")

# Union the wetlands feature classes with the land use feature class to create
#   a single feature class with all of the wetlands and land use data
value_table.addRow("c:/data/landbase.gdb/land_use 2")
arcpy.Union_analysis(value_table, "c:/data/landbase.gdb/wetlands_use")
ValueTable example 2

A value table can be populated with a multivalue string that has been passed to a script as an argument, making it easy to extract each record. The example below shows how to do this:

import os
import arcpy

# Set the output workspace
arcpy.env.workspace = arcpy.GetParameterAsText(1)

# Create a value table with 2 columns
value_table = arcpy.ValueTable(2)

# Set the values of the table with the contents of the first argument
value_table.loadFromString(arcpy.GetParameterAsText(0))

# Loop through the list of inputs
for i in range(0, value_table.rowCount):
    # Validate the output name for the new workspace
    name = value_table.getRow(i)
    out_name = arcpy.ValidateTableName(os.path.basename(name))

    # Copy the features to the new workspace
    arcpy.CopyFeatures_management(name, out_name)