On the verge of Python v3.1 and MySQL v5.5 it is important to look into how developers are going to connect to their favorite DBMS in the future. For a long time MySQL for Python (i.e. MySQLdb) was the only solution, but now there are more. It is time to unleash the alternatives!
This talk will give an overview of how to connect to MySQL and which drivers are available today under Python v2.x, and tomorrow’s Python v3.x. We’ll dive into MySQLdb, its strong history, its present. We’ll go over OurSQL and various other community projects, as well as Sun Microsystems’ MySQL Connector/Python (maintained by the speaker).
Web frameworks like Django and Turbogears are working great with MySQL. We’ll look into them together with projects like SQLAlchemy and see how the various Python DB API drivers implementing MySQL can be used. Coding is important, but we’ll try to keep the examples short and to the point.
This talk should be interesting for people never done anything in Python but are interested and want to know how to connect to MySQL. It should also be good for expert developers who want an overview of what is possible and what’s going to be possible with Python v3.x and MySQL v5.1 or greater.
Geert Vanderkelen is a member of the MySQL Support Team at Sun Microsystems. He is based in Germany and has worked for MySQL AB since April, 2005.
Before joining MySQL he worked as developer, DBA and SysAdmin for various companies in Belgium and Germany.
Today Geert specializes in MySQL Cluster and works together with colleagues around the world to ensure continued support for both customers and community. He’s also the maintainer of Sun’s MySQL Connector/Python.
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