[DB-SIG] frustrations of extension building

M.-A. Lemburg mal@lemburg.com
Thu, 21 Dec 2000 14:16:31 +0100

coupet00 wrote:
> Hi
> I've been struggling to build extensions from installation instructions.The
> goal was to produce a working Oracle 8 interface for Python for Windows. I'm
> sure that there must be load-and-go binaries out there, but all I can find
> are tempting (and necessary) extensions, which are just beyond my reach, and
> that of my team.
> I come from a Delphi background, and have found that Python is indeed the
> "best thing since sliced bread" as far as development languages go. However,
> I've experienced days of frustration as the product requires me to become an
> extension builder if I want to access an Oracle system from windows, say -
> surely there's a standard set of ODBC drivers that exist in binary form for
> Windows? 

You might consider switching to mxODBC which comes with a precompiled
binary for Windows. mxODBC is available from my Python Pages (see sig).

>  Then I find that the installation instructions don't handle
> exceptions well - in other words, if the build result isn't what the
> installation instructions say, then one is stuck!
> Presumably, I am not unique in this respect, but represent a class of
> developer for whom Python should be a natural progression (ie application
> developers and architects). However, one can't go very  far in applications
> without database interfaces. Or maybe my expectations of Python is wrong.
> I'd be interested if others have had the same experience, and what they did
> to move on...
> Thanks
> Tim
> Dr Tim Couper
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