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Python Dates and Times in Python Where on Earth do Timezones Make Sense? Introduction to Timezones

spencer tintorri
spencer tintorri
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For mumbai, is there an advantage to using hours=5, minutes=30 instead of just using hours=5.5 ?

See above. Thank you.

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Jeff Muday
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Jeff Muday
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That is an excellent question-- you are really paying close attention to Kenneth's teaching!

Even though Datetime objects in representation __repr__ are made up of integers rounded to the nearest microsecond (e.g. 10^-9). According to the official documentation, it should not be a problem to use a float for hours.

quote:

All arguments are optional and default to 0. Arguments may be integers or floats, and may be positive or negative.

https://docs.python.org/3/library/datetime.html#:~:text=A%20timedelta%20object%20represents%20a,may%20be%20positive%20or%20negative.

If you are a Python geek like me, you may want to look over the code. There are a number of // (floor division) operators involved in conversions. This means there are quite a bit of floating point operations taking place internally that require conversion back to integers.

https://github.com/python/cpython/blob/3.8/Lib/datetime.py

Good luck with your Python journey!