An mysql-python tutorial?

Andy Dustman farcepest at
Sat Jan 29 16:42:35 CET 2005

It's a pretty good tutorial, thought I would recommend you forget about
the fetchone() example. The example below demonstrates three additional
features that will make your life easier: MySQL option files, tuple
unpacking, and cursors as iterators (fourth feature: the default host
is localhost; this is rapidly turning into the Spanish Inquisition

import MySQLdb
db = MySQLdb.connect(db="db56a", read_default_file="~/.my.cnf")
cursor = db.cursor()
cursor.execute("SELECT name, species FROM animals")
for name, species in cursor:
print name, "-->", species

(I also shy away from doing SELECT *; what if your schema changes?)
(If the indentation is hosed, blame Google Groups.)

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