Using shortcut methods

Using the nonstandard execute, executemany and executescript methods of the Connection object, your code can be written more concisely because you don't have to create the (often superfluous) Cursor objects explicitly. Instead, the Cursor objects are created implicitly and these shortcut methods return the cursor objects. This way, you can execute a SELECT statement and iterate over it directly using only a single call on the Connection object.

import sqlite3

persons = [
    ("Hugo", "Boss"),
    ("Calvin", "Klein")

con = sqlite3.connect(":memory:")

# Create the table
con.execute("create table person(firstname, lastname)")

# Fill the table
con.executemany("insert into person(firstname, lastname) values (?, ?)", persons)

# Print the table contents
for row in con.execute("select firstname, lastname from person"):
    print row

# Using a dummy WHERE clause to not let SQLite take the shortcut table deletes.
print "I just deleted", con.execute("delete from person where 1=1").rowcount, "rows"

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