Python and Sybase

John J. Lee jjl at pobox.com
Sat Sep 25 14:17:14 CEST 2004


aleaxit at yahoo.com (Alex Martelli) writes:

> Josh Close <narshe at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> > > Also, is there any module that provides a generic DB API and can be
> > > hooked to both Sybase and postgresql?  This
> > > (http://www.python.org/peps/pep-0249.html) looks pretty old.
> > 
> > Why would you need that? Python has a DB API, so all you have to do to
> > change from db to db is the connection string.
> > 
> > conn = Sybase.connection(.....)
> > conn = otherModules.connection(....)
> > 
> > Everthing else should work the same way.
> 
> ...except that you may need to use different placeholders in SQL strings
> for parameters to insert (sigh)...

...and there are of course variations in SQL from DBMS to DBMS...

IIRC, Steve Holden suggests in his book [1] the use of
internationalization (i18n) tools (eg. gettext) to make DB API code
portable.  Seems unfortunately apt.


[1] "Python Web Programming", New Riders (2002)


John



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