Sure, you can access the same database from multiple applications (web2py 
or not).

On Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 6:29:30 PM UTC-4, jim kaubisch wrote:
> Thanks, I think you're right. But its working now, so I'll revisit it once 
> the delivery heat is off.
> Please, on the related topic of my other post, I'm I missing something by 
> thinking I should be able to access the SAME mysql db both from web2py as 
> well as a standard Python program, assuming the same version of DAL? 
> In fact, the web2py app creates the db and uses it fine, but the 
> standalone app claims it can't connect to it.
> I haven't tried it, but what about 2 web2py apps? Can they access the same 
> (mysql) db
> Thanks
> On Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 12:56:23 PM UTC-7, Anthony wrote:
>> As I was developing the app, I realized that I was writing basically the 
>>> same code over and over and over, just with slight differences, e.g. the 
>>> table name, the criteria, the fields I wanted to return and their display 
>>> order...
>>> so a couple of dictionaries to define (1) the tableviews criteria and 
>>> (2) ordered list of fields to return and the core becomes a small 
>>> parameterization of basically the same db query - 10s of lines of code.
>> Sounds like something you could handle by abstracting everything into a 
>> special function and maybe using Python argument unpacking:
>> db(db.table).select(*list_of_fields, **dictonary_of_named_arguments)
>> Anthony

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