[Python-Dev] datetime module enhancements

Collin Winter collinw at gmail.com
Sat Mar 10 15:50:50 CET 2007

On 3/9/07, Christian Heimes <lists at cheimes.de> wrote:
> Collin Winter schrieb:
> > I can't say I'm well-versed in the intricacies of date/time issues,
> > but what you say makes sense. This is exactly why I brought this patch
> > up here : )
> Oh h...! Seems like I've opened a can of worms here. I only wanted to
> add some minor enhancements and now it looks like the improvements and
> the datetime module have to be carefully defined and PEPed.
> I'm trying to summarize the discussed issues and proposals:
>  * Change the underlying time_t type (Unix timestamp) to use a unsigned
> 64bit integer even on 32 bit operating systems.
>  * Carefully define the comparison between date and datetime objects.
>  * int(timedelta) and float(timedelta) returns seconds
>  * Add methods to datetime to cast from/to Julian Date Number (also MJD
> and RJD)
>  * What about moving the C extension to _datetime so we can implement
> some non time consuming extensions in Python?
>  * What do you think about including PyTz in the Python core? PyTz is
> really, REALLY useful when one has to deal with time zones.
> http://pytz.sourceforge.net/
>  * The dateutil package contains additional features which may prove as
> useful: http://labix.org/python-dateutil

Here's another one for the list, trawled off SF: patch #1118748
(http://python.org/sf/1118748). It proposes to add the ability to
add/subtract time and timedelta objects.

Collin Winter

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