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Today Bill Laing, Corporate VP for Server and Cloud, announced a very important set of Windows Azure updates. With these new updates, Windows Azure is more than ever an open and easy platform to build and run applications in the cloud, and the place to be for developers who want to have choice and flexibility. I am proud to say that Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc . has been working closely with the Windows Azure team and it has been a great journey together, exploring openness and taking interoperability to a new level. There is too much news in this release to cover in a single blog post, and I strongly suggest everyone attend the Meet Windows Azure event tomorrow, when Scott Guthrie and many others will provide a lot of additional information. At the same time, I would like to spend the next few paragraphs on some of the many facets of openness in Windows Azure, to further demonstrate how Windows Azure is living in interesting and exciting times.
The Python standard for database interfaces is the Python DB-API. Most Python database interfaces adhere to this standard. You can choose the right database for your application. Python Database API supports a wide range of database servers:
In the words of its author, MySQLdb is "a thread-compatible interface to the popular MySQL database server that provides the Python database API." Developed by Andy Dustman, this module is needed for MySQL database connectivity under Python. The first thing to do is make sure that you have the MySQLdb module installed on your Python development system. The easiest way to check this via the interactive Python command line interpreter - as the following example demonstrates:
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