I'm creating a web scraper and I'm running into an issue where the date the website gives me is of the form "Monday, January 1, 1991"
What's the best way to format this into a "MM-DD-YYYY" format? Should I split on the comma, pull out the month and convert it to a number, and then put the numbers together? Or is there some quicker way to do this?
datetime module, using
strptime to parse to a
datetime object, then
strftime to format as you need it:
from datetime import datetime date = datetime.strptime("Monday, January 1, 1991", "%A, %B %d, %Y") print(date.strftime("%m-%d-%Y"))
For the record, any time you're considering rolling your own parser, the answer is almost always "Don't". Rolling your own parser is error-prone; if at all possible, look for an existing parser.