How to get first/last day of the previous month?

Tim Chase python.list at tim.thechases.com
Tue Jan 20 16:19:18 CET 2009


> I'm creating a report that is supposed to harvest the data for the
> previous month.
> So I need a way to get the first day and the last day of the previous
> month.
> Would you please tell me how to do this?

 >>> from datetime import date, datetime, timedelta
 >>> def prev_bounds(when=None):
...     if not when: when = datetime.today()
...     this_first = date(when.year, when.month, 1)
...     prev_end = this_first - timedelta(days=1)
...     prev_first = date(prev_end.year, prev_end.month, 1)
...     return prev_first, prev_end
...
 >>> prev_bounds()
(datetime.date(2008, 12, 1), datetime.date(2008, 12, 31))
 >>> prev_bounds(datetime.date(2008,3,14)
(datetime.date(2008, 2, 1), datetime.date(2008, 2, 29))

-tkc







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