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16.1: Time

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  • As another example of a programmer-defined type, we’ll define a class called Time that records the time of day. The class definition looks like this:

    class Time:
        """Represents the time of day.
        attributes: hour, minute, second

    We can create a new Time object and assign attributes for hours, minutes, and seconds:

    time = Time()
    time.hour = 11
    time.minute = 59
    time.second = 30

    The state diagram for the Time object looks like Figure \(\PageIndex{1}\).

    As an exercise, write a function called print_time that takes a Time object and prints it in the form hour:minute:second. Hint: the format sequence '%.2d' prints an integer using at least two digits, including a leading zero if necessary.

    Write a boolean function called is_after that takes two Time objects, t1 and t2, and returns True if t1 follows t2 chronologically and False otherwise. Challenge: don’t use an if statement.

    Object diagram.
    Figure \(\PageIndex{1}\): Object diagram.
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