[issue7989] Add pure Python implementation of datetime module to CPython

Marc-Andre Lemburg report at bugs.python.org
Sat Jul 3 00:52:33 CEST 2010

Marc-Andre Lemburg <mal at egenix.com> added the comment:

Alexander Belopolsky wrote:
> Alexander Belopolsky <belopolsky at users.sourceforge.net> added the comment:
> On Fri, Jul 2, 2010 at 6:00 PM, Tim Peters <report at bugs.python.org> wrote:
>> Tim Peters <tim.peters at gmail.com> added the comment:
>>> Do you remember why it was a good idea to
>>> derive datetime from date?
>> Why not?  A datetime is a date, but with additional behavior.  Makes inheritance conceptually natural.
> It is also time with additional behavior.  In the face of ambiguity ...
> Why not?  See issue #5516.  Most of datetime comparison code is
> devoted to fighting inheritance from date.   There is hardly any
> non-trivial method that benefits from this inheritance.
> To me,  conceptually, datetime is a container of date, time and
> optionally time zone, it is not a date.

Just an aside:

Conceptually, you don't need date and time, only an object to
reference a point in time and another one to describe the
difference between two points in time. In mxDateTime I
called them DateTime and DateTimeDelta.

What we commonly refer to as date is really the combination of
a DateTime value pointing to the start of the day together with
a DateTimeDelta value representing one full turn of the Earth.

That said, I don't think redesigning the datetime module is part
of this ticket, just adding a second implementation of what we
already have in CPython :-)

title: Add pure Python implementation of datetime module to CPython -> Add pure Python implementation of datetime module to	CPython

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