|Original author(s)||Michael Bayer|
|Initial release||February, 2006|
|Stable release||0.9.6 / 23 June 2014|
SQLAlchemy provides "a full suite of well known enterprise-level persistence patterns, designed for efficient and high-performing database access, adapted into a simple and Pythonic domain language". SQLAlchemy's philosophy is that SQL databases behave less and less like object collections the more size and performance start to matter, while object collections behave less and less like tables and rows the more abstraction starts to matter. For this reason it has adopted the data mapper pattern (like Hibernate for Java) rather than the active record pattern used by a number of other object-relational mappers. However, optional plugins such as Elixir and declarative allow users to develop using declarative syntax.
SQLAlchemy was first released in February, 2006 and has quickly become one of the most widely used object-relational mapping tools alongside Django's ORM in the Python community.
The following example represents an n-to-1 relationship between movies and their directors. It is shown how user-defined Python classes create according database tables, how instances with relationships are created from either side of the relationship, and finally how the data can be queried—illustrating automatically-generated SQL queries for both lazy and eager loading.
Creating two Python classes and according database tables in the DBMS:
from sqlalchemy import * from sqlalchemy.ext.declarative import declarative_base from sqlalchemy.orm import relation, sessionmaker Base = declarative_base() class Movie(Base): __tablename__ = 'movies' id = Column(Integer, primary_key=True) title = Column(String(255), nullable=False) year = Column(Integer) directed_by = Column(Integer, ForeignKey('directors.id')) director = relation("Director", backref='movies', lazy=False) def __init__(self, title=None, year=None): self.title = title self.year = year def __repr__(self): return "Movie(%r, %r, %r)" % (self.title, self.year, self.director) class Director(Base): __tablename__ = 'directors' id = Column(Integer, primary_key=True) name = Column(String(50), nullable=False, unique=True) def __init__(self, name=None): self.name = name def __repr__(self): return "Director(%r)" % (self.name) engine = create_engine('dbms://user:pwd@host/dbname') Base.metadata.create_all(engine)
Inserting movies and their directors can be achieved via both entities:
Session = sessionmaker(bind=engine) session = Session() m1 = Movie("Star Trek", 2009) m1.director = Director("JJ Abrams") d2 = Director("George Lucas") d2.movies = [Movie("Star Wars", 1977), Movie("THX 1138", 1971)] try: session.add(m1) session.add(d2) session.commit() except: session.rollback()
alldata = session.query(Movie).all() for somedata in alldata: print somedata
SQLAlchemy issues the following query to the DBMS (omitting aliases):
SELECT movies.id, movies.title, movies.YEAR, movies.directed_by, directors.id, directors.name FROM movies LEFT OUTER JOIN directors ON directors.id = movies.directed_by
Movie('Star Trek', 2009L, Director('JJ Abrams')) Movie('Star Wars', 1977L, Director('George Lucas')) Movie('THX 1138', 1971L, Director('George Lucas'))
lazy=True (default) instead, SQLAlchemy would first issue a query to get the list of movies and only when needed (lazy) for each director a query to get the name of the according director:
SELECT movies.id, movies.title, movies.YEAR, movies.directed_by FROM movies SELECT directors.id, directors.name FROM directors WHERE directors.id = %s
- Mike Bayer is the creator of SQLAlchemy and Mako Templates for Python.
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