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Versioning library for relational data

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A library built on top of the SQLAlchemy ORM for versioning row changes to relational SQL tables.

Authors: Ryan Kirkman and Akshay Nanavati

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Getting Started

$ pip install versionalchemy

Sample Usage

import sqlalchemy as sa
from sqlalchemy import create_engine
from sqlalchemy.ext.declarative import declarative_base
from sqlalchemy.schema import UniqueConstraint

import versionalchemy as va
from versionalchemy.models import VAModelMixin, VALogMixin

MY_SQL_URL = '<insert mysql url here>'
engine = create_engine(MY_SQL_URL)
Base = declarative_base(bind=engine)

class Example(Base, VAModelMixin):
    __tablename__ = 'example'
    va_version_columns = ['id']
    id = sa.Column(sa.Integer, primary_key=True)
    value = sa.Column(sa.String(128))

class ExampleArchive(Base, VALogMixin):
    __tablename__ = 'example_archive'
    __table_args__ = (
        UniqueConstraint('id', 'va_version'),
    id = sa.Column(sa.Integer)
    user_id = sa.Column(sa.Integer)

va.init()  # Only call this once
Example.register(ExampleArchive, engine)  # Call this once per engine, AFTER va.init


We used to benchmark the performance of versionalchemy. It times the performance of the SQLAlchemy core, ORM without VersionAclehmy and ORM with VersionAlchemy for n inserts (where n was variable). Some results are below.

n Core Time ORM Time VA Time
10000 9.81 s 16.04 s 36.13
100000 98.78 s 158.87 s 350.84 s

VersionAlchemy performs roughly 2 times as bad as the ORM, which makes sense as we are doing roughly one additional insert per orm insert into the archive table.


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