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Why does the
.now
in
now = datetime.now()
do?
(I put my reply in multiple lines to make it seperate from my own words but I didn’t want to put in quotes as that would signify a string)

This is the .now() method on the datetime object. It returns a date object that can be broken down into,

>>> from datetime import datetime
>>> now = datetime.now()
>>> now
datetime.datetime(2020, 2, 20, 16, 36, 59, 532580)
>>> 

In order, the values are,

year, month, day, hour, minute, second, microsecond

We can access these attributes by name…

>>> now.year
2020
>>> now.month
2
>>> now.day
20
>>> now.hour
16
>>> now.minute
36
>>> now.second
59
>>> now.microsecond
532580
>>> 

https://docs.python.org/3/library/datetime.html

>>> now.ctime()
'Thu Feb 20 16:36:59 2020'
>>> 
>>> str(now)
'2020-02-20 16:36:59.532580'
>>> 

Thank you so much! That is very well explained! :>

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