[Python-Dev] Issue5434: datetime.monthdelta

Robert Kern robert.kern at gmail.com
Fri Apr 17 09:46:57 CEST 2009

On 2009-04-16 21:55, skip at pobox.com wrote:
>      Jess>  If, on the other hand, one of the committers wants to toss this in
>      Jess>  at some point, whether now or 3 versions down the road, the patch
>      Jess>  is up at bugs.python.org (and I'm happy to make any suggested
>      Jess>  modifications).
> Again, I think it needs to bake a bit.  I understand the desire and need for
> doing date arithmetic with months.  Python is mature enough though that I
> don't think you can just "toss this in".  It should be available as a module
> outside of Python so people can beat on it, flush out bugs, make suggestions
> for enhancements, whatever.  I believe you mentioned putting it up on PyPI.
> I think that's an excellent idea.
> I've used parts of Gustavo Niemeyer's dateutil package for a couple years
> and love it.  It's widely used.  Adding it to dateutil seems like another
> possibility.  That would guarantee an instant user base.  From there, if it
> is found to be useful it could make the leap to be part of the datetime
> module.

dateutil.relativedelta appears to do everything monthdelta does and more in a 
general way. Adding monthdelta to dateutil doesn't seem to make much sense.

Robert Kern

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