Python and DB support (was: Re: Is Python Dead?)

Roman Suzi rnd at
Tue Jul 3 06:50:46 CEST 2001

On 2 Jul 2001, David Bolen wrote:

>Roman Suzi <rnd at> writes:
>> However, my collegues were not satisfied with it. One somplain was that in
>> ASP/IIS it is "very easy" to receive a "recordset" from database and then
>> apply it in different situations in the ASP-page, because recordset is an
>> object and even subqueries could be made without quering DB again.
>Just curious, but did your colleagues try using Python's COM interface
>to ADO to retrieve an actual recordset object that they could
>manipulate the same in Python as in other ASP languages?

Aha! Now I could understand what is the brake of Python library
development. Most of Python users are Windows users. And they
have COM for whatever is in their system.

>At least under Windows, it would seem that having solid ODBC and COM
>support should pretty much cover in Python anything you'd do elsewhere.
>On other environments, direct support for a particular database is
>likely to be more desirable, as it's more typical in those
>environments, but as you've noted, there's a plethora of support
>modules for various databases - some at various levels.

We mostly have Linux servers, so COM+ADO is no option. The point was not
to choose between Windows and Linux, ASP was choosen to serve particular
purpose, for the database already implemented in Microsoft land.

>-- David

Sincerely yours, Roman Suzi
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