[erlang-questions] MySQL and Erlang: ODBC , column type error

Carl McDade carlmcdade@REDACTED
Mon May 11 17:19:18 CEST 2009

Well, after having werl.exe crash a hundred times (overly sensitive I think)

I got good response by creating a  table and then accessing them. But
Erlang odbc will not access any resource created outside of the
environment or in another command line utility. Strange and strange

Eshell V5.7.1  (abort with ^G)
1> application:start(odbc).
2> ConnString = "Driver={MySQL ODBC 5.1
2> .
"Driver={MySQL ODBC 5.1
3> {ok, Conn} = odbc:connect(ConnString, []).
4> odbc:sql_query(Conn, "CREATE TABLE EMPLOYEE (NR integer,FIRSTNAME
char varying(20), LASTNAME  char varying(20), GENDER char(1),PRIMARY
5> Results = odbc:sql_query(Conn, "SELECT * FROM employee").

On Mon, May 11, 2009 at 4:42 PM, Robert Raschke <rtrlists@REDACTED> wrote:
> On Mon, May 11, 2009 at 3:20 PM, Carl McDade <carlmcdade@REDACTED> wrote:
>> On Mon, May 11, 2009 at 4:19 PM, Carl McDade <carlmcdade@REDACTED> wrote:
>> Well, MySQL only allows CONVERT to certain types. The relavent one
>> here being CHAR. But Erlang does not accept this either. VARCHAR is a
>> basic in MySQL but Erlang refuses this data type even when I forced
>> the database into ANSI only mode. But it works fine when using DECIMAL
>> Weird.
> Weird indeed. Maybe MySQL doesn't do ODBC conversions properly ... ah, and a
> bit of searching found this: http://bugs.mysql.com/33808
> So, it looks like MySQL and ODBC don't really play together very nicely.
> Sigh. Especially since MySQL appears to have quite a weird approach to
> string columns (at least when coming from big name databases).
> Not sure what else to recommend now. ODBC looks like a non-starter for
> MySQL. :-(
> Maybe someone has made a specific MySQL to Erlang binding? Or with a bit of
> blood, sweat and tears you could go via Java and JDBC, yuck.
> Robby
> PS Makes me wonder if it's a semi-religious thing, ODBC coming from
> Microsoft, MySQL being OSS not wanting to support the evil empire, yada,
> yada, yada ...

Carl McDade
Content Management Systems Consultant

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