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Re: Picking up the ball

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Dave Rolsky
January 10, 2003 01:02
Re: Picking up the ball
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On Fri, 10 Jan 2003, Matt Sergeant wrote:

> What I want to see is a Time::Piece based on Date::Ical (or if that becomes
> then fine).  I've wanted that since I read the Pod for
> Date::Ical and realised (like David and Dave have) that it's not just for
> the ICal format - it's actually a very nice base class for datetime issues.
> Mostly this should be a trivial task. The only hairy issues I can see are
> the fact that some of the stuff is C based using struct tm's. I don't know
> if stuct tm's can go outside of the epoch seconds range. Does anyone else?
> The other thing is that the return from strptime is re-adjusted in C by
> turning it into an epoch time and then back into a proper time. But I'm sure
> that can also be gotten around.
> So - any volunteers to take over Time::Piece? (or supply me with a whopping
> great patch?)

My first concern is with API, no implementation.  If it's easier to whip
together a quick strptime in Perl, I'd probably prefer to do that.  What I
like most about Time::Piece is its API, not the particulars of its
implementation.  In fact, it's implementation is obviously problematic
(array-based object, C bits, etc.).  Moreover, it looks like the tm struct
it uses does not support non-epoch times, so it's definitely not feasible
to reuse that code.


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