On Sat, Apr 4, 2015 at 7:28 PM, MRAB <python@mrabarnett.plus.com> wrote:
I am genuinely interested in the ways to improve date/time formatting in
Python.  There are certainly better ways than stftime.  For example, ICU
has a date/time format syntax that is much more readable: instead of
"%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S", ICU format is "yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss".

I don't think it is hard to find a way to introduce ICU format in
datetime.__format__ while preserving backward compatibility.  For
example, we may require that % is always "escaped" as '%' in ICU format
and the presence of unescaped % can trigger strftime interpretation.

[1] http://userguide.icu-project.org/formatparse/datetime

Personally, I prefer some kind of escaping, possibly in the style of
.format, e.g. "{year}-{month}-{day} {hour}:{minute}:{second}". (It'll
probably need a little tinkering to shorten it! :-))

Can someone explain to me why something like this or Anatoly's double-curly-brace variant is an improvement over

>>> from datetime import *
>>> "{0.year}-{0.month}-{0.day} {0.hour}:{0.minute}:{0.second}".format(datetime.now())
'2015-4-4 20:43:23'