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6 items tagged “dates”


dateparser: python parser for human readable dates (via) I’ve used dateutil.parser for this in the past, but dateparser is a major upgrade: it knows how to parse dates in 200 different language locales, can interpret different timezone representations and handles relative dates (“3 months, 1 week and 1 day ago”) as well. # 24th April 2018, 4:17 pm


If You Don’t Date Your Work, It Sucks. I learnt this lesson the hard way, when I realised that I had no idea exactly what year I created my earliest web-facing projects. # 18th January 2010, 5:46 pm


Tips on using python’s datetime module. Wow. I’ve run in to problems with datetime and timezones before, but I had no idea how intrinsic those problems were to the design of the library. # 6th July 2009, 2:20 pm

Making the HTML5 time element safe for historians. PPK presents a detailed history of dates and calendars and points out that the HTML5 time element is ill prepared to faithfully represent the kind of dates historians are interested in. # 6th April 2009, 2:01 pm


The Long Now Foundation was established in 01996*... (The Long Now Foundation uses five digit dates, the extra zero is to solve the deca-millennium bug which will come into effect in about 8,000 years.)

The Long Now Foundation # 25th August 2008, 7:42 pm

How Dopplr learns. Dopplr uses global and personal trip histories to disambiguate place names, and your friends’ schedules to help disambiguate dates in airline confirmation emails. # 23rd July 2008, 4:17 pm