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A while ago I informally announced IBM’s intention to develop an SQLAlchemy adapter for DB2 and Informix IDS. Today, I’m happy to inform you that we have a first working release for DB2 on Linux, Unix and Windows (LUW). Support for Informix IDS is next (almost done), and after that, it will be System i and z/OS’ turn.
This release will surely excite those Pythonistas who can appreciate DB2 for what it is: one of the most powerful data servers in the world. Which, in its Express-C version, also happens to be gratis (“free as in free beer”). But there is more to it than just that.
IBM has in fact created a project on Google Code, for supporting Python development with IBM Data Servers. Aside from downloads and SVN access, this gives the project a nice public bug tracker which was missing up until this point. A Google Group was also created in order to have an easy to follow support mailing list, and I invite you to join it now.
With the switch to Google Code, there was also an update to the Python drivers (now version 0.2.5), which contain a few improvements and a bug fix for the egg that wasn’t working properly on Linux.
The project currently hosts the following components:
- The ibm_db Python Egg for Linux and Windows which contains:
- The ibm_db driver: a C extension module that wraps IBM’s Data Server Driver for ODBC and CLI APIs and provides a Python client interface for the DB2 and Informix IDS databases.
- The ibm_db_dbi: a Python coded module that relies on the ibm_db Python driver, and complies with the DB-API 2.0 specs.
- The ibm_db_sa: a Python coded adapter which implements the SQLAlchemy 0.4 API specification.
Please use the driver and/or the adapter for SQLAlchemy and let us know if you encounter any issues or have any feedback about it.
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This is great news! Any word on OS X support?
This is great news! I’m trying to convince my work to look at Python and Django and we are a DB2 shop.
Another barrier knocked down.
Awesome news. SQLAlchemy is a fantastic tool, and it’s great to have more backend options. Rock on!
This is wonderful news! I should get recharge don using this again! Keep us updated on any other updates. Thanks!
I’m hoping that db2 django adapter will be next thing. Check following links:
– Backend for DB2 v9 database (http://code.djangoproject.com/ticket/5052)
– “Django adapter (alpha) based on PyDB2 –
contribution” (http://code.djangoproject.com/ticket/6995 == http://code.google.com/p/ibm-db/issues/detail?id=10)