Posts in dates
Sometimes you want to do two things:
Plot a timeseries that handles datetimes in a clever way (e.g., with Pandas or Matplotlib)
As a part of setting up the website for the Docathon I’ve had to re-learn all of my date string formatting rules. It’s one of those little problems you don’t really think about - turning an arbitrary string into something structured like a date - until you’ve actually got to do it.
There are a bunch of tools in python for using date-like objects, but it’s not always easy to figure out how these work. This post is just a couple of pieces of information I’ve picked up along the process.