Although I am familiar with Python, Arc, and arcpy, I am running into some fundamental issues with extracting values from a year field to populate a new field, rather than ask people to tutor me on the topic, an anyone recommend a primer or introduction for the topics? Searching through the questions asked produces some useful, but very specific information, I am searching for something more general that might provide useful generalized syntax. Thanks.
You don't like the help topics? I generally find them quite good,
For example, a search using "field calculations" yields
amongst other pages.
Typically I have found the help topics very helpful (pardon the redundancy there). However they sometimes have limits, and I was searching for a good primer (book, course, etc) that goes through the basic background on syntax and data structures, as I've run into a wall with a very simple issue with dates and seem to be going in circles. When that happens I sometimes find it helpful to go back to some basics.