[Datetime-SIG] PEP-0500 (Alternative datetime arithmetic) Was: PEP 495 ... is ready ...
carl at oddbird.net
Wed Aug 19 17:38:53 CEST 2015
On 08/19/2015 09:30 AM, Guido van Rossum wrote:
> Yes, that's the right way to define it (and PEPs should primarily
> concern themselves with crisp definitions).
> Isn't it so that you could get timeline arithmetic today by giving each
> datetime object a different tzinfo object?
Yes. In fact, this is exactly how pytz works around it. With pytz, every
tzinfo _instance_ is a fixed-offset instance (e.g. there are distinct
tzinfo instances for EST and EDT). This means if you do arithmetic using
an EST datetime and an EDT datetime, you'll get (timeline-arithmetic)
correct results. The downside of this approach (though once you get used
to it it's at least predictable and explicit) is that if you do
arithmetic using e.g. an EST datetime and a timedelta, you'll always end
up with an EST result, even if the result crossed a transition to EDT
(so it's sort of an "imaginary extension of EST"), and you have to
remember to use a pytz-specific "normalize()" API, which will adjust the
datetime by an hour and switch the tzinfo from EST to EDT.
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