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

On Feb 15, 2012, at 10:11 AM, Martin v. L?wis wrote:

>I think improving datetime needs to go in two directions:
>a) arbitrary-precision second fractions. My motivation for
>   proposing/supporting Decimal was that it can support arbitrary
>   precision, unlike any of the alternatives (except for using
>   numerator/denominator pairs). So just adding nanosecond resolution
>   to datetime is not enough: it needs to support arbitrary decimal
>   fractions (it doesn't need to support non-decimal fractions, IMO).
>b) distinction between universal time and local time. This distinction
>   is currently blurred; there should be prominent API to determine
>   whether a point-in-time is meant as universal time or local time.
>   In terminology of the datetime documentation, there needs to be
>   builtin support for "aware" (rather than "naive") UTC time, even
>   if that's the only timezone that comes with Python.


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