[Python-ideas] Rename time module to "posixtime"

Éric Araujo merwok at netwok.org
Tue Jun 15 12:29:41 CEST 2010

Le 15/06/2010 12:16, Antoine Pitrou a écrit :
> On Mon, 14 Jun 2010 20:09:02 -0400 Alexander Belopolsky wrote:
>> One of the common complains about working with time values in Python,
>> is that it some functionality is available in time module, some in
>> datetime module and some in both.
> Is it a common complaint, really?
> The common complaint, IMO, is that *none* of those two modules provides
> a complete feature set in itself.

The fact that we need dateutil or pytz to do some calculations is not
optimal but it’s another concern. I agree that the overlap between time,
datetime and calendar is annoying. More specifically, the multitude of
types is bad (integer timestamp, time tuple, datetime object). Some bad
one-liners that use some datetimes methods with unpacked (*arg) time
tuples coming from another datetime method scream “shenanigans” to me.

> I don't understand the purpose. I certainly like time.time() and I
> don't see the point of making it go away (will we have to use one of
> these "obvious" datetime-based one-liners instead?).

time.time will still be available, just under another name that makes it
clear it’s a binding to a low-level C concept.

A user vote: +1 on renaming, +1 on improving datetime.


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