[development] MS SQL question

David Metzler metzlerd at metzlerd.com
Tue Jul 7 17:18:32 UTC 2009

When pulling data from external sources, I simply don't use the  
drupal database abstraction layer at all. It doesn't have an ick  
factor for me at all. I use the approach your talking about with  
great success at my university.  We connect to Oracle and MSSql to  
get external data, and as a result have built quite a nice portal  
using drupal as the application development framework.

Good luck.


On Jul 7, 2009, at 10:07 AM, bobbrazeau at gmail.com wrote:

> Hey guys, I realize this is a hot button issue and am not trying to  
> ruffle any feathers.
> We are looking to switch out website from a lamp stack to a CMS and  
> Drupal is the one I am championing. The site itself would be  
> running on a mysql cluster. One of the issues of our environment is  
> some data sits on a MS SQL server. Currently we have it setup to  
> connect via odbc and everything is fine.
> While we wouldn't need Drupal to use MS SQL as a backend server,  
> there is data some we'd need to grab for some of the pages. D6  
> doesn't support MSSQL though the abstraction layer, but would it be  
> possible to code the modules to connect to the server on their own  
> and use php code to process the db data? And what is the ick factor  
> on that? NOT for MSSQL but the approach - or if there is a better  
> way please inform me.
> Thanks!
> Bob

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