MySQL Shell CRUD With Python: Delete – with examples

Throughout the MySQL Shell CRUD with Python series, we’ve visited specific methods to 1) Populate tables with new data through the use of insert(). 2) Read and see the existing data with select(). 3) Modify the present data using update(). In this post, I’ll cover examples of removing rows of data in MySQL with the Python Shell delete() method. As with other DML commands, the affected rows are dependent upon using the where() method. Keep reading to learn how…

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MySQL Shell CRUD with Python Series

Be sure and visit the below posts in the series for a refresher on any of the CRUD methods covered so far:

For the examples, I’ll use data from the fictitious ‘friends’ table that I have used previously throughout several CRUD-related posts. With the get_table() method, I can essentially get a handle on that table, interacting with it through the ‘friends’ object:

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 MySQL  localhost:33060+ ssl  learning  Py > friends = db.get_table('friends')
 MySQL  localhost:33060+ ssl  learning  Py > friends
<table:friends>

We can see all present rows and all columns by calling an unfiltered select() method, understanding what data and meta-data are currently available:

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 MySQL  localhost:33060+ ssl  learning  Py > friends.select()
+---------+------------+-------------+-------+--------------+------------+-----+
| country | first_name | last_name   | state | phone_num    | birthday   | age |
+---------+------------+-------------+-------+--------------+------------+-----+
| USA     | Max        | Maxer       | K     | 398-392-5656 | 1975-01-23 |  44 |
| CAN     | Mary       | Murphy      | K     | 212-543-9420 | 1978-03-23 |  41 |
| USA     | Charlie    | Charles     | K     | 888-767-2323 | 1971-08-22 |  48 |
| USA     | Humpty     | Dumpty      | K     | 118-257-7344 | 1971-11-22 |  48 |
| USA     | Roger      | Dodger      | K     | 234-767-3983 | 1975-08-22 |  44 |
| USA     | Jim        | Russ        | K     | 424-060-3875 | 1975-05-05 |  44 |
| MEX     | Jerome     | Harper-Hall | C     | 321-232-9866 | 1976-09-01 |  43 |
| USA     | Jupyter    | Moonbeam    | M     | 198-654-2827 | 1978-07-22 |  41 |
+---------+------------+-------------+-------+--------------+------------+-----+
8 rows in set (0.0700 sec)

Getting right to the topic at hand, suppose I want to remove any row that has an ‘age’ value of 43. That can be a test in the where() method, enabling just that row – or rows – to be deleted.

How does that command look in MySQL Shell CRUD with Python?
See the below section of code…

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 MySQL  localhost:33060+ ssl  learning  Py > friends.delete().where('age = 43').execute()
Query OK, 1 item affected (0.2208 sec)

I’ll run a simple select(), showing through the returned results, that the row with an age value of 43 has been removed:

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 MySQL  localhost:33060+ ssl  learning  Py > friends.select()
+---------+------------+-----------+-------+--------------+------------+-----+
| country | first_name | last_name | state | phone_num    | birthday   | age |
+---------+------------+-----------+-------+--------------+------------+-----+
| USA     | Max        | Maxer     | K     | 398-392-5656 | 1975-01-23 |  44 |
| CAN     | Mary       | Murphy    | K     | 212-543-9420 | 1978-03-23 |  41 |
| USA     | Charlie    | Charles   | K     | 888-767-2323 | 1971-08-22 |  48 |
| USA     | Humpty     | Dumpty    | K     | 118-257-7344 | 1971-11-22 |  48 |
| USA     | Roger      | Dodger    | K     | 234-767-3983 | 1975-08-22 |  44 |
| USA     | Jim        | Russ      | K     | 424-060-3875 | 1975-05-05 |  44 |
| USA     | Jupyter    | Moonbeam  | M     | 198-654-2827 | 1978-07-22 |  41 |
+---------+------------+-----------+-------+--------------+------------+-----+
7 rows in set (0.0009 sec)

That was quite simple in MySQL Shell Python mode just as you would expect. Yet, as always with UPDATE and DELETE, they have the potential to affect multiple – or all – rows in a table so use with them with the utmost of caution.

That wraps up the MySQL Shell CRUD with Python series. As always, I would like to know your thoughts on what has been covered as a whole through the comments below so please leave one if you would like. Thank you for reading!

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Disclaimer: The examples presented in this post are hypothetical ideas of how to achieve similar types of results. They are not the utmost best solution(s). The majority, if not all, of the examples provided, is performed on a personal development/learning workstation-environment and should not be considered production quality or ready. Your particular goals and needs may vary. Use those practices that best benefit your needs and goals. Opinions are my own.

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