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Archived:Complete SQL database guide for PySymbian

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Devices(s): E71
Platform(s): S60 2nd Edition, S60 3rd Edition
Keywords: e32db, e32dbm
Created: (13 Aug 2009)
Last edited: the86hitman (15 Aug 2009)


There are two database interfaces in PyS60, e32dbm and e32db.

e32dbm is required for dictionary functions only (code example at Database in PyS60). Whereas, e32db allows further SQL processing as will be shown here.


import e32db
#initiate database objects
#open database, if not exist, then create the file"e:\\data\\python\\test.db","c")
#to create table which contains three fields
db.execute(u"create table table1 (id count,forename varchar, surname varchar)")
# for value types see
#to insert data
db.execute(u"insert into table values(1,'joe','bloggs')")
#notice, the 1 is required to increment the key!
#to fetch the whole dataset
dbv.prepare(db,u"select * from table1")
for i in range(1,dbv.count_line()+1): #1 to number of rows
dbv.get_line() #grabs data from the currently selected row
for i in range(1,self.dbv.col_count()+1):
print dbv.col(i) #prints each column data
dbv.next_line() #selects the next row
  • Use db.execute(unicode(sql statement)) to perform insert/update/delete
  • Use dbv.prepare(db,unicode(sql statement)) to fetch data

This is only a framework for you to use. There are many ready-to-use classes available, if you prefer, but its less erroneous if you understand the code yourself.

If you need more help, you can post to this thread.

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