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Some useful datetime functions for Django

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These utility functions are helpful in handling dates, datetimes, and timezones in Django.


Let's say you have the following in your Django

USE_TZ = True

Now let's attempt to write our own tomorrow() function.

from datetime import timedelta
from django.utils.timezone import now

def tomorrow():
  # Subtle bug! Django's now() function returns a timezone enabled datetime
  # in UTC, regardless of the TIME_ZONE setting. If it's 11 Wednesday
  # MORNING in New York, this function will work. But if it's 11 Wednesday
  # NIGHT in New York, the UTC timezone is already in Thursday, so in that
  # case this code will return Friday.
  return now().date() + timedelta(days=1)

Here's one way to fix the problem.

from datetime import timedelta
from djavedt import now

def tomorrow():
  # djavedt's now() function returns a timezone enabled datetime in the
  # timezone of the TIME_ZONE setting, which is EST in our example. So this
  # function will work as expected at 11PM in New York.
  return now().date() + timedelta(days=1)

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