This exercise is a somewhat silly one. I'd like you to compare the date strings, but allow invalid dates while comparing them.
I want you to write a function that takes two strings representing dates and
returns the string that represents the earliest point in time. The strings are
in the US-specific
MM/DD/YYYY format... just to make things harder. Note that
the month, year, and day will always be represented by 2, 4, and 2 digits
Your function should work like this:
>>> get_earliest("01/27/1832", "01/27/1756") '01/27/1756' >>> get_earliest("02/29/1972", "12/21/1946") '12/21/1946' >>> get_earliest("02/24/1946", "03/21/1946") '02/24/1946' >>> get_earliest("06/21/1958", "06/24/1958") '06/21/1958'
There's a catch though. Your exercise should work with invalid month and
date combinations. What I mean by that is that dates like 02/40/2006 should
be supported. By that I mean 02/40/2006 is before 03/01/2006 but after
02/30/2006 (dates don't roll over at all). I'm adding this requirement so you
can't rely on Python's
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