Oracle made available its Autonomous Database (a cloud database managed with machine learning) for free since September 2019:
Todd Sharp (Oracle Cloud Developer Advocate) posted about creating an Autonomous Database in the cloud.
So what's next? How about starting to work with your Autonomous Database using Python language?
In your OCI web console, click on the Cloud Shell icon in the upper right corner. This opens a Linux shell right inside your browser! The first run might take more than one minute in order to configure it. You'll have up to 5 GB of storage and numerous tools pre-installed.
Now the fun part… In order to run a test program that will display the date and time, you'll need to download and unzip the Autonomous Database wallet (which holds numerous information to connect to your database).
$ oci db autonomous-database generate-wallet --autonomous-database-id ocid1.autonomousdatabase.oc1.eu-frankfurt-1.abtheljtcwfhy5ohok66arn6ngrpqdigvq7bzcpygtfnkbldvgtk4rv3xhtq --file wallet.zip --password My_Strong_Pa55word $ unzip wallet.zip
You'll also need to set up the environment (TNS_ADMIN environment variable) so that the driver can find the connection string stored inside the tnsnames.ora file.
$ pwd $ export TNS_ADMIN=/home/loic_lefev $ sed -i 's/?\/network\/admin/$TNS_ADMIN/' sqlnet.ora
Finally, you'll have to install the Oracle Python driver using the pip3 package manager.
$ pip3 install --user cx_Oracle
The following program can be copied and pasted right into a file named test.py:
import cx_Oracle def connect(): connection = cx_Oracle.connect("dragon", "My_Strong_Pa55word", "dragon_tp") return connection def selectdate(connection): with connection: cursor = connection.cursor() result = cursor.execute('''select to_char(sysdate,'yyyy-mm-dd hh24:mi:ss') from dual''') data = result.fetchone() print("Date is " + data) if __name__ == '__main__': connection = connect() selectdate(connection)
And when run, it will display the expected result:
$ python3 test.py Date is 2020-09-27 13:46:02
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