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Author lemburg
Recipients amaury.forgeotdarc, belopolsky, brett.cannon, brian.curtin, daniel.urban, lemburg, mark.dickinson, pitrou, r.david.murray, rhettinger, techtonik, tim.peters, vstinner
Date 2010-07-02.22:52:30
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Alexander Belopolsky wrote:
> 
> Alexander Belopolsky <belopolsky@users.sourceforge.net> added the comment:
> 
> On Fri, Jul 2, 2010 at 6:00 PM, Tim Peters <report@bugs.python.org> wrote:
>>
>> Tim Peters <tim.peters@gmail.com> added the comment:
>>
>>> Do you remember why it was a good idea to
>>> derive datetime from date?
>>
>> Why not?  A datetime is a date, but with additional behavior.  Makes inheritance conceptually natural.
> 
> It is also time with additional behavior.  In the face of ambiguity ...
> 
> Why not?  See issue #5516.  Most of datetime comparison code is
> devoted to fighting inheritance from date.   There is hardly any
> non-trivial method that benefits from this inheritance.
> 
> To me,  conceptually, datetime is a container of date, time and
> optionally time zone, it is not a date.

Just an aside:

Conceptually, you don't need date and time, only an object to
reference a point in time and another one to describe the
difference between two points in time. In mxDateTime I
called them DateTime and DateTimeDelta.

What we commonly refer to as date is really the combination of
a DateTime value pointing to the start of the day together with
a DateTimeDelta value representing one full turn of the Earth.

That said, I don't think redesigning the datetime module is part
of this ticket, just adding a second implementation of what we
already have in CPython :-)
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2010-07-02 22:52:33lemburgsetrecipients: + lemburg, tim.peters, brett.cannon, rhettinger, amaury.forgeotdarc, mark.dickinson, belopolsky, pitrou, vstinner, techtonik, r.david.murray, brian.curtin, daniel.urban
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