I have a small block of code where I concatenate two date fields and use field calculator to calculate a the values of a third field. My date fields are ORIGDTDATE and ORIGDTTIME.

How can I change the block of code that is below to concatenate the fields if the value for the row in emergency_overdue is NULL?

import arcpy     

calcExpression =  "!ORIGDTDATE!+\" \"+ !ORIGDTTIME!"            


  • Select by attribute, apply 1st, switch selection, apply second. I would replace it with da. Update Cursor, works much faster
    – FelixIP
    Nov 28, 2016 at 18:34

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You can create an update cursor with a where clause for only rows where emergency_overdue is null. The code below is a straight concatenation of the date and time fields, you may want to use a separator like "ORIGDTDATE" + ":" + "ORIGDTTIME".

with arcpy.da.UpdateCursor(self.line_ticket_feature_class, ["ORIGDTDATE", "ORIGDTTIME", "emergency_overdue"], "emergency_overdue IS NULL") as ucur:
    for row in ucur:
        row[2] = row[0] + row[1]

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