YADTR (Yet Another DateTime Rant)
roy at panix.com
Wed Mar 26 01:58:27 CET 2014
One of my roles on this newsgroup is to periodically whine about
stupidities in the Python datetime module. This is one of those times.
I have some code which computes how long ago the sun set. Being a nice
pythonista, I'm using a timedelta to represent this value. It would be
difficult to imagine a less useful default way to print a timedelta:
previous sunset: -1 day, 22:25:26.295993
The idea of str() is that it's supposed to return a human-friendly
representation of a value. Humans do not say things like, "The sun set
1 day ago plus 22 hours and 25 minutes".
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