I am at the end of a small project: conversion of a shapefile with a large number of features, therefore huge dbf table. The initial shapefile, after processing, ends up with fields of A, B, C, D, E, F etc. And now I want certain fields of them, about 20. But I want their name to be different, say a, b, c, d etc.
I know I can manually alter the field name but it's gonna be very time consuming and sort of silly.
My approach in mind is I will try to create a feature class of a shapefile with fields a, b, c, d but no features, therefore empty, and then use Append to kind of "assign" the A, B, C, D fields in the first shapefile to the a, b, c, d fields of the second shapefile instead of changing names of 30 fields one by one.
Is this doable? If so, how shall I create an empty shapefile with the fields that I need? Is there any better solution to this situation?