I won’t try to hide my love of Python. It’s great. I built this site with it. So of course I would want to access a MS SQL Server database with it. Here’s how you do it.
Things you’ll need before you set start:
Cython>=0.15.1 (I'm using Cython-0.16) python-dev
Download the pymssql library
Although development has died off,
pymssql works great. You can find it here: pymssql. The creators deem it as “A fast MS SQL Server client library for Python directly using C API instead of ODBC. It is Python DB-API 2.0 compliant. Works on Linux, *BSD, Solaris, Mac OS X and Windows.”
Install the library
I’m on Ubuntu 12.04, which comes with
python 2.7 by default. I used
python-setuptools and the
easy_install command to install an egg of the library:
sudo apt-get install python-setuptools sudo easy_install pymssql-2.0.0b1_dev_20111018-py2.7-linux-x86_64.egg
Write a query script in python
Here’s mine (it’s a quick and dirty one based on the example on the pymssql page:
import pymssql conn = pymssql.connect(host='my_host', user='my_user', password='secret!', database='my_db') cur = conn.cursor() cur.execute('SELECT * FROM my_table') row = cur.fetchone() while row: print "%s, %s" % (row, row) row = cur.fetchone() conn.close()
There it is! Nice and simple.