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Python Dates and Times in Python (2014) Dates and Times Timedelta Minute

Leah Kelly
Leah Kelly
4,141 Points

I can't figure out how to do this.

Write a function named minutes that takes two datetimes and, using timedelta.total_seconds() to get the number of seconds, returns the number of minutes, rounded, between them. The first will always be older and the second newer. You'll need to subtract the first from the second.

Is there any way to simplify this?

1 Answer

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
228,978 Points

Perhaps it would help to break it down into steps:

  1. subtract the older time (first argument) from the newer one (second argument)
  2. doing math on datetimes gives you a timedelta (no special conversion needed)
  3. use the total_seconds() method to get the number of seconds from the timedelta
  4. use math to convert seconds into minutes
  5. finally, round to the nearest whole minute