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Python

Hi why is this not formatting correctly?

When I run this in a python 3.5 shell I get the incorrect formatting.

import datetime
datetime.datetime.strptime("19/01/2016", "%d/%m/%Y")

In python 3.5 I get the follwing: datetime.datetime(2016, 1, 19, 0, 0) the correct format should be day/month/year - the shell is ignoring the formatting. What have I done wrong? Thanks.

4 Answers

Chris Freeman
MOD
Chris Freeman
Treehouse Moderator 68,423 Points

If you're trying to produce a string use str*ftime. To create a new datetime From a string use strp*time. See docs strftime strptime behavior

Update: so say you have a datetime object. When you inspect this object by printing it out, the value printed is the __repr__ representation which is a text string that will re-create the datetime object if used as an argument to the eval() function.

The string

datetime.datetime(2016, 1, 19, 0, 0)

is the text representation of the datetime object. Playing with int in the REPL....

>>> import datetime
>>> datetime.datetime.strptime("19/01/2016", "%d/%m/%Y")
datetime.datetime(2016, 1, 19, 0, 0)
>>> dtime = datetime.datetime.strptime("19/01/2016", "%d/%m/%Y")
>>> type(dtime)
<class 'datetime.datetime'>
>>> dtime
datetime.datetime(2016, 1, 19, 0, 0)
>>> dtime.strftime("%d/%m/%Y")
'19/01/2016'
>>> 

EDIT: Adding chaining comment from below

You could chain this way:

# from this
date = datetime.datetime(day=19, month=01, year=2016)
string = date.strftime("%d/%m/%Y")

# to this
string = datetime.datetime(day=19, month=01, year=2016).strftime("%d/%m/%Y")

# or this
string = datetime.datetime.strptime("19/01/2016", "%d/%m/%Y").strftime("%d/%m/%Y")
Chris Freeman
Chris Freeman
Treehouse Moderator 68,423 Points

Funny. I just came across a code challenge that uses code similar to your code. The challenge asks to convert a 12-hour time into a 24-hour time.

https://www.hackerrank.com/challenges/time-conversion

Solution:

#!/bin/python3
import sys
import datetime

time = input().strip()
dtime = datetime.datetime.strptime(time, "%I:%M:%S%p")
print(dtime.strftime("%H:%M:%S"))

Thanks for the reply.

Yes I want a new datetime from a string.

So why is it not getting formatted correctly. The docs state "Return a datetime corresponding to date_string, parsed according to format." However the python shell is ignoring the format provided, it is simply using the default for some reason.

Chris Freeman
Chris Freeman
Treehouse Moderator 68,423 Points

Referring to a datetime object and getting a specific string representation of that datetime object are two separate things. I've updated my previous answer.

Ok so they are two different things. But why can't I do it is one step via chaining?

That is;

  date = datetime.datetime.strptime("19/01/2016", "%d/%m/%Y") << and get the result '19/01/2016'
Opposed to
  date = datetime.datetime(day=19, month=01, year=2016)
  date = date.strftime("%d/%m/%Y") to get the desired result '19/01/2016'

Thanks

Chris Freeman
Chris Freeman
Treehouse Moderator 68,423 Points

You could chain this way:

# from this
date = datetime.datetime(day=19, month=01, year=2016)
string = date.strftime("%d/%m/%Y")

# to this
string = datetime.datetime(day=19, month=01, year=2016).strftime("%d/%m/%Y")

# or this
string = datetime.datetime.strptime("19/01/2016", "%d/%m/%Y").strftime("%d/%m/%Y")

Great thanks.