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[Python-Dev] PEP 410 (Decimal timestamp): the implementation is ready for a review


On Tue, Feb 14, 2012 at 5:13 PM, Gregory P. Smith <greg at krypto.org> wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 14, 2012 at 4:23 PM, Nick Coghlan <ncoghlan at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 8:29 AM, Barry Warsaw <barry at python.org> wrote:
>>> My primary concern with the PEP is adding to users confusion when they have to
>>> handle (at least) 5 different types[*] that represent time in Python.
>>
>> My key question to those advocating the use of timedelta instead of Decimal:
>>
>> What should timedelta.total_seconds() return to avoid losing
>> nanosecond precision?
>> How should this be requested when calling the API?
>
> It should return a float as it does today. ?Add a
> timedelta.total_nanoseconds() call for people wanting high precision
> as a raw number and remind people of the precision limits of
> total_seconds() in the docs.

total_nanoseconds() would return an int() in case that wasn't obvious.

>
> -gps