sorting a list of dicts by a computed field

Michael Torrie torriem at
Tue Jan 31 15:36:40 EST 2017

On 01/31/2017 01:26 PM, Larry Martell wrote:
> I have a list of dicts and one item of the dict is a date in m/d/Y
> format. I want to sort by that. I tried this:
> sorted(data['trends'], key=lambda k:
> datetime.strptime(k['date_time'],'%m/%d/%Y'))
> But that fails with:
> Exception Type: AttributeError at /report/CDSEM/WaferAlignment/ajax/waChart.json
> Exception Value: 'module' object has no attribute 'strptime'
> How can I do this sort?

You're not showing us all your code, so I can only make an assumption
that the "datetime" you are referencing is a module import.  Did you try
your sort function before you stuck it in a lambda?  Here's a attempt:

>>> import datetime
>>> datetime.strptime
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
AttributeError: 'module' object has no attribute 'strptime'

Looks like the same problem you encountered. So it has nothing to do
with sorting.  Quite literally, your datetime symbol does not contain
the attribute strptime like you thought it did.  I think you meant to
use datetime.datetime.strptime:

>>> import datetime
>>> datetime.datetime.strptime("01/02/2003","%m/%d/%Y")
datetime.datetime(2003, 1, 2, 0, 0)

Use the interactive interpreter to test out little things like this. It
will save you a lot of hassle later on.

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