Database objects? Persistence? Sql Server woes

Steve Holden steve at
Mon Jul 30 19:23:54 CEST 2007

Mike Howarth wrote:
> I've been having a few problems with connecting to SQL Server, initially I
> was using dblib however found some problems with returning text fields
> whereby all text fields were ignored and it bawked at multiline sql
> statements.
> Having found these major stumbling blocks I've started using pymssql which
> seems less flaky. One problem I've stumbled across is that I seem to reach
> my max connections  on the database fairly easily (given how my script was
> written) and therefore have used the singleton pattern on my database
> object.
> Great problem solved, or so I thought.
> Using the following code I'm finding that the Set is now also being enforced
> as a singleton as well.
> class Set(Database,Product):
>      def __init__(self, *args, **kw): 
>          Database.__init__(self)
>          Product.__init__(self)
>      def dosomething(self):
>          cu = self.c.cursor()
> Having sat back and thought about it, its easy to understand why this is
> occurring given I'm indicating that Set belongs to Database and therefore
> this is a singleton as well.
> Being relatively new to Python I'm unsure on how to then go about using a
> database object between each class. Can anyone advise me on how they
> approach this, and whether there is a common approach to this?
If you want to share a database object between (instances of) several 
classes there are two easy ways. The absolute easiest is to create a 
database connection that's global to the module. References to the 
connection inside you other objects will then reference the global 
database connection. e.g.:

conn = pymssql.connect(...)

class Set:


   def dosomething(self): = conn.cursor()

The other way is to pass the connection in to the object's __init__() 
method and save it as an instance variable so it can be used inside the 
instance's methods. e.g.:

conn = pymssql.connect(...)

class Set:

   def __init__(self, conn, ...):
     self.conn = conn

   def dosomething(self): = self.conn.cursor()

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