Parse Stock prices. Create a function that will decode the old-style fractional
stock price. The price can be a simple floating point number or it
can be a fraction, for example, 4 5/8.
Develop two patterns, one for numbers with optional decimal
places and another for a number with a space and a fraction. Write a
function that accepts a string and checks both patterns, returning
the correct decimal price for whole numbers (e.g., 14), decimal
prices (e.g., 5.28) and fractional prices (27 1/4).
Parse Dates. Create a function that will decode a few common American
date formats. For example, 3/18/87 is March 18, 1987. You might
want to do 18-Mar-87 as an alternative format. Stick to two or
three common formats; otherwise, this can become quite
Develop the required patterns for the candidate date formats.
Write a function that accepts a string and checks all patterns. It
will return the date as a tuple of ( year, month, day ).
Using a Regular Expression
Chapter 32. Dates and Times: the time and
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