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August 4, 2005

Parse Dates

Filed under: python — rcjp @ 7:32 pm

There is most likely a better default python module for this, but it is only a few lines to write anyhow…

from string import split

def parse_date(s):
    """Returns the numerical date e.g. (16,8,1980) given '16 aug 1980'"""

    monthnames = ['jan','feb','mar','apr','may','jun',
                  'jul','aug','sep','oct','nov','dec']

    months = dict([(month,i+1) for i, month in enumerate(monthnames)])
    # note! s.split(' ', 3) is not equivalent because of double spaces
    day, month, year = s.split(None, 3)
    return int(day), months[month.lower()], int(year)

print parse_date('16 aug 1980')

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