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You want to select data from a database


With version 0.3, databases are defined like this:

db = web.database(dbn='postgres', db='mydata', user='dbuser', pw='')

Once the database is defined as such, performing selects can be performed like this:

# Select all entries from table 'mytable'
entries = db.select('mytable')

The select statement takes the following keyword arguments:

  • vars
  • what
  • where
  • order
  • group
  • limit
  • offset
  • _test


The vars variable is used to populate the rest of the statements. For example:

myvar = dict(name="Bob")
results = db.select('mytable', myvar, where="name = $name")


The what variable defaults to *, but can take a list of items you want selected if the entire entry isn't desired.

results = db.select('mytable', what="id,name")


The where variable lets you pass where clauses to the SQL select, such as:

results = db.select('mytable', where="id>100")


The order variable lets the order be specified. For instance:

results = db.select('mytable', order="post_date DESC")


Grouping lets you combine things that are common.

results = db.select('mytable', group="color")    


Limits set how many results are returned.

results = db.select('mytable', limit=10) 


Offsets start returning results after a certain point; they're often used with limits to do something like show 10 entries per page, and then see the next 10.

results = db.select('mytable', offset=10) 


The _test variable lets you see the SQL produced by the statement:

results = db.select('mytable', offset=10, _test=True) 
<sql: 'SELECT * FROM mytable OFFSET 10'>