Mastering Python's Built-in time Module (Summary)
Congratulations! You’ve learned the fundamental concepts surrounding date and time. It’s time for you to apply your newfound knowledge in your real world applications.
In this course, you learned how to:
- Use a floating point number, representing seconds elapsed since the epoch, to deal with time
- Manage time using tuples and
- Convert between seconds, tuples, and timestamp strings
- Suspend the execution of a Python thread
- Measure performance using
If you want to continue learning more about using dates and times in Python, take a look at the following modules:
datetime: A more robust date and time module in Python’s standard library
timeit: A module for measuring the performance of code snippets
astropy: Higher precision datetimes used in astronomy
Congratulations, you made it to the end of the course! What’s your #1 takeaway or favorite thing you learned? How are you going to put your newfound skills to use? Leave a comment in the discussion section and let us know.
Over the course of this series, you’ve learned a whole lot about the Python
time module. You’ve learned about epochs, time zones, and daylight savings time: the building blocks of how Python represents time.
You’ve learned how those objects form a kind of bi-directional continuum with ease of operability for machines on one side, and then ease of intelligibility for humans on the other. Finally, you’ve learned how to convert between different time representations, and you’ve learned a couple of useful functions that the time module offers you, like the
sleep function that you can use to suspend thread execution, and the
perf_counter function, which gives you a really precise measuring tool that you can use to either measure your code performance or, really, any other time where you need a precise time span. If you’re interested in Python time and dates more broadly, then I would say that you should go next to the Python
datetime module, and there are Real Python tutorials on that module as well.
It’s a really fantastic module, especially for date manipulation, so check that out. In the meantime, thank you very much for watching this Real Python video tutorial series on the
time module. I had a really good time teaching it, and I hope you had a good time learning from it as well.
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