Difference between two dates in seconds

Fredrik Lundh fredrik at pythonware.com
Thu Sep 28 07:29:31 CEST 2006

Steven D'Aprano wrote:

> Arguably a better solution would be to do this:
> seconds = td.days * 24*60*60 + td.seconds

if you're targeting an audience that cannot figure out what the 
expression does based on the names of the result and the names of the 
attributes, chances are that 24*60*60 won't make a lot more sense either.

in such cases, you're better off using a named constant.

(that also allows you to change the value, would the need arise.)

why stop at 24*60*60, btw?  if you're really serious about working from 
basic units, you should probably make it



and yes, if you want the CPython compilator to do the multiplication for 
you, put parentheses around the subexpression:

 >>> def get_seconds(td):
...     return td.days * (24*60*60) + td.seconds
 >>> import dis
 >>> dis.dis(get_seconds)
   2           0 LOAD_FAST                0 (td)
               3 LOAD_ATTR                0 (days)
               6 LOAD_CONST               4 (86400)
               9 BINARY_MULTIPLY
              10 LOAD_FAST                0 (td)
              13 LOAD_ATTR                1 (seconds)
              16 BINARY_ADD
              17 RETURN_VALUE


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