Thursday, July 12, 2012

pyodbc autocommits when using "with"

Discovered an interesting variation in pyodbc behavior today.  A coworker asked me if he needed to commit explicitly when using pyodbc to execute a stored procedure.  I told him he did, but he protested that his code worked fine without it.  Here's a paraphrased version:

def db_exec(qry):
    with pyodbc.connect(cnxn_str) as db:

I tested it, and what do you know?  It works.  But the following does not:

db = pyodbc.connect(cnxn_str)

In this case, the results of proc will be rolled back automatically when closing the connection.  So evidently the way that the with handler is coded includes an autocommit.