That Time is a Lie

While skimming through the release notes for the upcoming Python 3.5 version I noticed a reference to a bug in the datetime module. Since I use that basically whenever I do anything in Python I got curious.

Turns out that up until 3.5 there was a datetime.time instance that got evaluated to False in a boolean context (issue13936):

> bool(datetime.time(0, 0, 0))

So basically whenever you have a time instance, make sure to compare it against another one of None, but never do the implicit boolean check!

While this behaviour has been documented

in Boolean contexts, a time object is considered to be true if and only if, after converting it to minutes and subtracting utcoffset() (or 0 if that’s None), the result is non-zero.

… that doesn’t change that it is highly un-intuitive. The reasons for this implementation have been laid out in the issue but I’m really glad that with 3.5 all time instance will evaluate to true!