Checking for valid date input and convert appropriately

Ferrous Cranus nikos.gr33k at gmail.com
Fri Feb 22 14:24:19 CET 2013


Τη Παρασκευή, 22 Φεβρουαρίου 2013 2:03:39 μ.μ. UTC+2, ο χρήστης Lele Gaifax έγραψε:
> Ferrous Cranus <nikos.gr33k at gmail.com> writes:
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> > I'am thinking if somehting like the follwoing work:
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> >
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> > if( task and ( price and price.isdigit() and price.__len__() <= 3 ) and ( date and eval( datetime.strptime(date, '%d %m %Y').strftime('%Y-%m-%d') ) ) ):
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> 
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> a) you should not (usually) call “dunder methods” directly, as they are
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>    (usually) exposed by builtin functions::
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>      obj.__len__() => len(obj)
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> b) what's the point of the eval() call above? When the strptime()
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>    succeds, the following strftime() call always returns a string,
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>    otherwise it will raise an exception and both the strftime() and the
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>    outer eval() won't be called.
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> Should I write the above, I'd go for having two helper functions, for
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> example:: 
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>   def price_is_valid(price):
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>     return price and price.isdigit() and len(price) <= 3
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> 
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>   def date_is_valid(date):
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>     try:
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>       datetime.strptime(date, '%d %m %Y')
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>     except (TypeError, ValueError):
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>       return False
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>     else:
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>       return True
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>   ...
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>   if task and price_is_valid(price) and date_is_valid(date):
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>     ...
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> 
> hth,
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> ciao, lele.
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> -- 
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> nickname: Lele Gaifax | Quando vivrò di quello che ho pensato ieri
> 
> real: Emanuele Gaifas | comincerò ad aver paura di chi mi copia.
> 
> lele at metapensiero.it  |                 -- Fortunato Depero, 1929.

Let me ask it like this:
How can i avoid using try: except: for checkign the date but instead check it with an if statement:

if ( datetime.strptime(date, '%d %m %Y') ):
     date = datetime.strptime(date, '%d %m %Y').strftime('%Y-%m-%d')
else:
     print( "Date wasn't entered properly" )

I'am trying this but if user entered date is noit on the acceptible format it raises an exception. 
If i surround it with eval() its still raises an excpetion.

if ( datetime.strptime(date, '%d %m %Y') ):
     date = datetime.strptime(date, '%d %m %Y').strftime('%Y-%m-%d')
else:
     print( "Date wasn't entered properly" )

How can i write that with an if suppresing the errors if any?



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