[DB-SIG] Preparing statement API
Tue, 25 Jan 2000 12:04:06 -0700
* M.-A. Lemburg (firstname.lastname@example.org) [000125 18:25]:
> Hrvoje Niksic wrote:
> > My idle mind has played with the option of Python's DB API supporting
> > the concept of preparing an SQL statement. I know you can pass the
> > same string object to the db module and it can reuse it, but I
> > consider that feature very non-obvious and (gasp) un-Pythonical --
> > look at how the regexp compilation is handled in Python's regexp
> > module.
> > I would feel much safer with an explicit prepare interface that looked
> > like this:
> > statement = cur.prepare("INSERT INTO foo (user, name) VALUES (?, ?)")
> > for user, name in lst:
> > cur.execute(statement, (user, name))
> > The interface change is minimal: only one more function needs to be
> > implemented, and all the fetching functions remain unchanged. The
> > advantage of this form over the reuse-old-sql-statement-string method
> > is that here the programmer can control what statements to cache, and
> > how long to keep the statement handles around.
> > Finally, the databases that don't support preparing SQL statements can
> > simply define cursor.prepare(str) to return str unchanged, and
> > everything will work as before.
> The problem with this approach is that you'd have to store
> the perpared information somewhere. This is usually done
> by the cursor which is not under Python's control.
How does what Hrvoje is asking for differ from the Handle object in
the DCOracle module?
From the DCOracle docs:
Returns a new Handle Object. A handle is a pre-prepared
notion of a cursor, where some handling of the SQL
parsing has already been done.
You use it like this:
(Assume a DB connection called "dbc")
inshndl = dbc.prepare( "insert into mytable ( attribute, value ) "
"values ( :p1, :p2 )" )
for attr, val in list:
inshndl.execute( (attr, val) )
:p1 and :p2 can also be named parameters, but as I use them in that
example, they are simply positional.
This is a pretty common usage from within an API like Pro*C. I'm
sorry that I don't have experience with anything but Oracle and the
DCOracle python module, so perhaps I'm missing something in the
generalization of the problem to other DB vendors.
For what it's worth,
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