[Python-Dev] Store timestamps as decimal.Decimal objects

Matt Joiner anacrolix at gmail.com
Tue Jan 31 23:41:56 CET 2012

Nick mentioned using a single type and converting upon return, I'm starting
to like that more. A limited set of time formats is mostly arbitrary, and
there will always be a performance hit deciding which type to return.

The goal here is to allow high precision timings with minimal cost. A
separate module, and an agreement on what the best performing high
precision type is I think is the best way forward.
On Feb 1, 2012 8:47 AM, "Victor Stinner" <victor.stinner at haypocalc.com>

> > (I removed the timespec format, I consider that we don't need it.)
> >
> > Rather, I guess you removed it because it didn't fit the "types as flags"
> > pattern.
> I removed it because I don't like tuple: you cannot do arithmetic on
> tuple, like t2-t1. Print a tuple doesn't give you a nice output. It is
> used in C because you have no other choice, but in Python, we can do
> better.
> > As I said in another message, another hint that this is the wrong API
> design:
> > Will the APIs ever support passing in types other than these five?
>  Probably
> > not, so I strongly believe they should not be passed in as types.
> I don't know if we should only support 3 types today, or more, but I
> suppose that we will add more later (e.g. if datetime is replaced by
> another new and better datetime module).
> You mean that we should use a string instead of type, so
> time.time(format="decimal")? Or do something else?
> Victor
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