[Python-ideas] Pythonic Dates, Times, and Deltas

Alexander Belopolsky alexander.belopolsky at gmail.com
Thu Oct 14 00:52:52 CEST 2010

On Wed, Oct 13, 2010 at 5:45 PM, Daniel G. Taylor
<dan at programmer-art.org> wrote:
>> * Make it easy to make a Date from anything - a timestamp, date,
>> datetime, tuple, etc.
>>>>> from datetime import *
>>>>> datetime.utcfromtimestamp(0)
>> datetime.datetime(1970, 1, 1, 0, 0)
>>>>> datetime.utcfromtimestamp(0).date()
>> datetime.date(1970, 1, 1)
> Why does it not have this in the constructor?

Because "explicit is better than implicit."

> Where else in the standard lib does anything behave like this?

float.fromhex is one example.

This said, if I was starting from scratch, I would make date/datetime
constructors take a single positional argument that could be a string
(interpreted as ISO timestamp), tuple (broken down components), or
another date/datetime object.  This would make date/datetime
constructors more similar to those of numeric types.  I would not add
datetime(int) or datetime(float), however, because numeric timestamps
are too ambiguous and not necessary for purely calendaric

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