ANN: eGenix mxODBC Connect - Python Database Interface 2.0.2

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eGenix Team: M.-A. Lemburg



Python Database Interface

Version 2.0.2

mxODBC Connect is our commercially supported client-server product for
connecting Python applications to relational databases
in a truly cross-platform way.

This announcement is also available on our web-site for online reading:



The mxODBC Connect Database Interface for Python allows users to
easily connect Python applications to all major databases on the
market today in a highly portable, convenient and secure way.

Python Database Connectivity the Easy Way

Unlike our mxODBC Python extension, mxODBC Connect is designed as
client-server application, so you no longer need to find production
quality ODBC drivers for all the platforms you target with your Python

Instead you use an easy to install royalty-free Python client library
which connects directly to the mxODBC Connect database server over the

This makes mxODBC Connect a great basis for writing cross-platform
multi-tier database applications and utilities in Python, especially
if you run applications that need to communicate with databases such
as MS SQL Server and MS Access, Oracle Database, IBM DB2 and Informix,
Sybase ASE and Sybase Anywhere, MySQL, PostgreSQL, SAP MaxDB and many
more, that run on Windows or Linux machines.

Ideal for Database Driven Client Applications

By removing the need to install and configure ODBC drivers on the
client side and dealing with complicated network setups for each set
of drivers, mxODBC Connect greatly simplifies deployment of database
driven client applications, while at the same time making the network
communication between client and database server more efficient and
more secure.

For more information, please have a look at the mxODBC Connect product
page, in particular, the full list of available features.

For more information, please see the product page:



The 2.0.2 release of mxODBC Connect includes the following
enhancements and fixes:

Security Enhancements

* Upgraded client and server to eGenix pyOpenSSL 0.13.0-1.0.1c.

Server Enhancements

* Added support for unlimited connection licenses.

* The server installer on Windows will now install the Microsoft
Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package (if necessary) instead
of shipping with side-by-side runtime DLLs. This resolves
installation issues on fresh Windows server installations.

* Improved the active connection logging to show more accurate
figures in situations where a lot of new connections are opened at

* mxODBC Connect Server will now free resources on broken connections
much earlier than before. The setting is configurable using the
max_session_reconnect_time parameter in the server's [Activity]
configuration and defaults to 60 seconds.

Client Enhancements

* No fixes were necessary.


* Added a note that even with an unlimited license, the server sill
uses an adjustable max_session configuration parameter to limit the
effect of denial-of-service attacks.

mxODBC Connect 2.0 was released on 2012-08-20. These are the
highlights of the new release:

mxODBC Connect 2.0 Enhanced API

* mxODBC Connect Server now uses mxODBC 3.2 internally and makes its
API available in the mxODBC Connect Client. This is a major step
forward from the mxODBC 3.0 version used in mxODBC Connect Server

* mxODBC Connect Client comes with all the mxODBC enhancements,

- connection and cursor objects can be used as context managers

- adjustable parameter styles (qmark or named)

- connection .autocommit attribute to easily switch on autocommit

- adjustable timestamp resolution

- new possibilities to set connection and cursor options to adjust
the ODBC objects to your application needs, e.g. set a connection
read-only or set a query timeout

- adjustable decimal, datetime and string formats

- adjustable warning format to be able to handle server warnings
without client interaction

- greatly improved result set scrolling support

- Unicode support for all catalog methods

- Access to additional result set meta data via

Updated Compatibility

* The server now features all the ODBC driver compatibility
enhancements provided by mxODBC 3.2, including improved and updated
support for MS SQL Server Native Client, Oracle Instant Client,
Sybase ASE, IBM DB2, Teradata and Netezza.

* Native Windows x64 builds with signed executables and a tray app
rewritten in C are available for Windows 2008R2, Vista and 7 x64,
so you can benefit from better performance, fewer UAC dialogs and
smaller memory footprint.

Asynchronous Execution

* mxODBC Connect Client now integrates directly with gevent, allowing
client applications to run asynchronous tasks while performing
remote database queries.

Better Integration

* mxODBC Connect now uses the official IANA registered port 6632 for
both plain text and SSL-encrypted communication.

* mxODBC Connect Client now allows selecting the used SSL module from
two available options: Python standard lib ssl module and

For the full set of changes, please check the mxODBC Connect change



You are encouraged to upgrade to this latest mxODBC Connect release.
When upgrading, please always upgrade both the server and the client
installations to the same version - even for patch level releases.

Customers who have purchased mxODBC Connect 2.0 licenses can continue
to use their licenses with this patch level release.

Customers who have purchased mxODBC Connect 1.x licenses can request
20% discount coupons for upgrade purchases. Please contact the Sales Team ([email protected]) with your existing license
serials for details.

Users of our stand-alone mxODBC product will have to purchase new
licenses from our online shop in order to use mxODBC Connect.

You can request 30-day evaluation licenses by visiting our web-site
or writing to (e-mail address removed), stating your name (or the name of the
company) and the number of eval licenses that you need.



The download archives as well as instructions for installation and
configuration of the product can be found on the product page:

If you want to try the package, jump straight to the download

Fully functional evaluation licenses for the mxODBC Connect Server are
available free of charge:

mxODBC Connect Client is always free of charge.



Commercial support for this product is available from

Please see

for details about our support offerings.



About Python (

Python is an object-oriented Open Source programming language
which runs on all modern platforms. By integrating ease-of-use,
clarity in coding, enterprise application connectivity and rapid
application design, Python establishes an ideal programming
platform for today's IT challenges.

About eGenix (

eGenix is a software project, consulting and product company
focusing on expert services and professional quality products for
companies, Python users and developers.

Marc-Andre Lemburg

Professional Python Services directly from the Source (#1, Dec 14 2012)________________________________________________________________________
2012-12-05: Released eGenix pyOpenSSL 0.13 ...
2012-11-28: Released eGenix mx Base 3.2.5 ...
2013-01-22: Python Meeting Duesseldorf ... 39 days to go

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