Charlie Clark wrote:
Thanks, this gives me an idea of how to proceed. I am transforming an
xml file into a python script, so I may as well do the whole thing in
python rather than using zsql.
On 2006-02-22 at 22:10:20 [+0100], garry <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
I am importing a large data set via Zope into a Postgres database. Data
items may or may not exist so I am using the optional argument in the
zsql methods. What I want is that if the data is missing the database
inserts default values.
if type="string", the absent data item is rendered as ''
if type="nb", the absent data item is rendered as 'Null'
In either case this does not allow default values to be inserted. I can
insert the defaults by doing this:
<dtml-sqlvar surnamefirst type="string"> ,
With 20 or so inserts in one query this gets messy and could be slow? if
this method has to be called many times on one import cycle.
My question is therefore is there a cleaner way of doing this or am I on
the right track?
If you really are doing a simple import then you might be better of doing
this in a straight script which will allow you to extend your "head" and
params dynamically depending on what you are inserting.
Here's a skeleton script
db = db.connect()
c = db.cursor()
sql_head = "INSERT (%s) INTO %s "
paras = ['name', 'address', 'etc']
sql_tail = "VALUES (%s)"
sql_paras = ",". join(['%s'] * len(paras))
c.execute(sql_head % (paras) + sql_tail % sql_paras,
Otherwise you might want to look at something like SimpleTemplates as
replacement for ZSQL Methods as I agree too many <dtml-if s> can make a man
go mad. There is the possibility of using the <dmtl-group> stuff but I find
this worse than a bundle of ifs.
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