[Python-Dev] Python strptime

Brett Cannon bac@OCF.Berkeley.EDU
Tue, 18 Jun 2002 11:20:00 -0700 (PDT)

On Tue, 18 Jun 2002, Guido van Rossum wrote:

> > I wonder what the purpose of having a pure-Python implementation of
> > strptime is, if you have to rely on strftime. Is this for Windows only?
> Isn't the problem that strftime() is in the C standard but strptime()
> is not?  So strptime() isn't always provided but we can count on
> strftime()?

Exactly.  For some reason ANSI decided to go to the trouble of requiring
strftime(), and thus all of the locale info for it, but not strptime()
nor a standard way to expose that locale info for the programmer to use.

> --Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)

-Brett C.