SQLAlchemy Expression Language, More Advanced Usage

Overview In the previous article SQLAlchemy Expression Language, Advanced Usage, we learned the power of SQLAlchemy’s expression language through a three table database including User, ShoppingCart, and Product. In this article, we are going to review the concept of materialised path in SQLAlchemy and use it to implement product containing relationships, where certain products may […]

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SQLAlchemy Expression Language, Advanced Usage

Expression Language One of the core components of SQLAlchemy is the Expression Language. It is allows the programmer to specify SQL statements in Python constructs and use the constructs directly in more complex queries. Since the expression language is backend-neutral and comprehensively covers every aspect of raw SQL, it is closer to raw SQL than […]

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Understanding Python SQLAlchemy’s Session

What are SQLAlchemy Sessions? What does the Session do? One of the core concepts in SQLAlchemy is the Session. A Session establishes and maintains all conversations between your program and the databases. It represents an intermediary zone for all the Python model objects you have loaded in it. It is one of the entry points […]

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SQLAlchemy Association Tables

Association Tables In our previous articles, we used an association table to model many-to-many relationships between tables, such as the relationship between Department and Employee. In this article, we are going to dive deeper into the association table concept and see how we can use it to further solve more complicated problems. DepartmentEmployeeLink and Extra […]

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SQLAlchemy ORM Examples

ORM Recap In one of the previous articles, we briefly went through an example database with two tables department and employee where one department can have multiple employees and one employee can belong to arbitrary number of departments. We used several code snippets to demonstrate the power of SQLAlchemy’s expression language and show how to […]

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SQLAlchemy – Some Commonly Asked Questions

Common Questions Before we dive deeper into SQLAlchemy, let’s answer a possible list of questions regarding the ORM: Can you prevent SQLAlchemy from automatically creating a schema? Instead, can you bind SQLAlchemy models to an existing schema? Is there a performance overhead when using SQLAlchemy, compared to writing raw SQL? If so, how much? If […]

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Overview of SQLAlchemy’s Expression Language and ORM Queries

Overview In the previous article, we made a comparison between SQLAlchemy and other Python ORMs. In this article, we are going to take a deeper look at SQLAlchemy’s ORM and Expression Language and use an example to showcase their empowering API and easy-to-understand Python structures. Not only does the SQLAlchemy ORM provide a way to […]

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Python’s SQLAlchemy vs Other ORMs

Overview of Python ORMs As a wonderful language, Python has lots of ORM libraries besides SQLAlchemy. In this article, we are going to take a look at several popular alternative ORM libraries to better understand the big picture of the Python ORM landscape. By writing a script that reads and writes to a simple database […]

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Python’s Django vs Ruby on Rails

Python vs Ruby Ruby is a dynamic, reflective, object-oriented general-purpose programming language which was designed and developed in the mid-1990s. Compared to Python, which treats code readability above everything else, the philosophy behind Ruby is that programmers should have the flexibility, freedom and power to write concise and compact code. The most important difference between […]

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How to Install Django on Windows, Mac and Linux

In this article, we are going to learn how to install Django on Windows, Mac and Linux. Since Mac and Linux are both derived from the Unix platform, the instructions about installing Django on Mac and Linux are almost identical to each other and we will present them in the same section. Windows, however, is […]

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