Using Python for date calculations

alister alister.nospam.ware at
Fri Nov 21 11:33:32 CET 2014

On Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:15:03 +0200, Steve Hayes wrote:

> On Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:40:22 +1100, Chris Angelico <rosuav at>
> wrote:
>>On Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 7:35 PM, Steve Hayes <hayesstw at>
>>> This Python script does it for me.
>>> year = input("Year: ")
>>> age = input("Age: ")
>>> born = year-age print 'Year of birth:', born
>>One thing to be careful of: The input() function in Python 2 should be
>>avoided. Instead, use int(raw_input("Year: ")) and correspondingly Age.
>>It's much safer and clearer than what you have, which is an alias for
>>eval(raw_input("Year: ")) - very dangerous.
> I though input() was OK for integers.

the problem with input is code-injection which is very similar to sql 
injection (httpd://

the data entered by the user is processed as if it was python code, this 
means the user could enter a command (or sequence of commands) that cause 
serious problems to you computer including but not limited to:-

Installing a virus
Deleting all your data
causing your central heating to explode (unlikely but if your central 
heating is on your network anything is possible)

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 get it wrong? At some point, we just have to run out of really 
 bad ideas.."

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