Carl Mäsak wrote:
Darren (>), commit-bot (>>):
+Returns a TAI epoch value for the current time.
Shouldn't the result type of time() be an "Instant" object (Instant and
Duration are defined in S02) rather than a "Rat"?


I fear that the "Instant" from S02 is a fossil. "Instant" was renamed
by Dave Rolsky to "DateTime" on 2009-02-19.
There was fairly extensive discussion. My recollection was that 'Instant' and 'Duration' were preferred.

The problem arises because in English the word 'instant' can be several parts of speech (noun - 'in an instant', adjective - 'instant coffee'), and that the adjective is the most common. DateTime is uglier.

I cant remember whether there was a definitive resolution to this discussion, other than Dave Rolsky changing the spec and the discussion fading into other questions.

Since a TAI epoch value is the underlying metric, how about a 'TAI' as the type (in place of DateTime)?

Richard

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