Recommendations for a good primer on extracting field values, calculating new field values, and populating fields using arcpy?

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04-20-2020 02:35 PM
RobertTrotter
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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.

Robert

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DanPatterson_Retired
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You don't like the help topics?  I generally find them quite good,

For example, a search using "field calculations" yields 

Fundamentals of field calculations—ArcGIS Pro | Documentation 

amongst other pages.

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RobertTrotter
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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.

Cheers

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