What is the best way to access stored procedures in Django’s ORM

We (musicpictures.com / eviscape.com) wrote that django snippet but its not the whole story (actually that code was only tested on Oracle at that time).

Stored procedures make sense when you want to reuse tried and tested SP code or where one SP call will be faster than multiple calls to the database – or where security requires moderated access to the database – or where the queries are very complicated / multistep. We’re using a hybrid model/SP approach against both Oracle and Postgres databases.

The trick is to make it easy to use and keep it “django” like. We use a make_instance function which takes the result of cursor and creates instances of a model populated from the cursor. This is nice because the cursor might return additional fields. Then you can use those instances in your code / templates much like normal django model objects.

def make_instance(instance, values):
    Copied from eviscape.com

    generates an instance for dict data coming from an sp

        instance - empty instance of the model to generate
        values -   dictionary from a stored procedure with keys that are named like the
                   model's attributes
    use like:
        evis = InstanceGenerator(Evis(), evis_dict_from_SP)

    >>> make_instance(Evis(), {'evi_id': '007', 'evi_subject': 'J. Bond, Architect'})
    <Evis: J. Bond, Architect>

    attributes = filter(lambda x: not x.startswith('_'), instance.__dict__.keys())

    for a in attributes:
            # field names from oracle sp are UPPER CASE
            # we want to put PIC_ID in pic_id etc.
            setattr(instance, a, values[a.upper()])
            del values[a.upper()]

    #add any values that are not in the model as well
    for v in values.keys():
        setattr(instance, v, values[v])
        #print 'setting %s to %s' % (v, values[v])

    return instance

# Use it like this:

pictures = [make_instance(Pictures(), item) for item in picture_dict]

# And here are some helper functions:

def call_an_sp(self, var):
    cursor = connection.cursor()
    cursor.callproc("fn_sp_name", (var,))
    return self.fn_generic(cursor)

def fn_generic(self, cursor):
    msg = cursor.fetchone()[0]
    cursor.execute('FETCH ALL IN "%s"' % msg)
    thing = create_dict_from_cursor(cursor)
    return thing

def create_dict_from_cursor(cursor):
    rows = cursor.fetchall()
    # DEBUG settings (used to) affect what gets returned. 
    if DEBUG:
        desc = [item[0] for item in cursor.cursor.description]
        desc = [item[0] for item in cursor.description]
    return [dict(zip(desc, item)) for item in rows]    

cheers, Simon.

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