Am I doing this wrong? Why does this seem so clumsy (time, datetime vs. DateTime)

Carl Banks pavlovevidence at gmail.com
Sun Sep 20 04:57:00 CEST 2009


On Sep 19, 7:22 pm, Schif Schaf <schifsc... at gmail.com> wrote:
> The other day I needed to convert a date like "August 2009" into a
> "seconds-since-epoch" value (this would be for the first day of that
> month, at the first second of that day).
>
> In Python, I came up with this:
>
> ~~~~
> #!/usr/bin/env python
>
> import datetime
> import time
>
> time_in_sse = time.mktime(
>     datetime.datetime(2009, 8, 1).timetuple()
> )
>
> print time_in_sse
> ~~~~
>
> I *wanted* to just use time.mktime(), but it wouldn't work unless I
> could specify the *complete* time tuple value (who would have all that
> handy?!).

Was it really that hard to add a few zeros to the tuple for values you
didn't know?

time.mktime((2009, 8, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, -1))



Carl Banks



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