I had a need to dump some data I am getting from a real-time sensor network to a database and I choose MySQL – just because it is cheap and cheerful and will fit perfectly with what I am looking for. Now, I have never programmed for MySQL though I have used it in the past as a consumer (e.g. the backend of this blog). MySQL does expose a C API that one can use, but it seems quite arcane to use and does not quite conform to the C++ style (especially when using STL).

It is at that point that I stumbled across MySQL++ – something I had not heard of and of course not used until now. MySQL++ is just a simple C++ wrapper around the same MySQL C API, but it does follow the C++ STL principles and feels more ‘natural’ to use. I am still playing with it and getting to know it.

Below is a quick sample on how to connect to a database and retrieve all the records from a table called ‘stock’.

#include "cmdline.h"
#include "printdata.h"

#include <mysql++.h>

#include <iostream>
#include <iomanip>

using namespace std;

int main(int argc, char *argv[])
	// Get database access parameters from command line
        const char* db = 0, *server = 0, *user = 0, *pass = "";
	if (!parse_command_line(argc, argv, &db, &server, &user, &pass)) {
		return 1;

	// Connect to the sample database.
	mysqlpp::Connection conn(false);
	if (conn.connect(db, server, user, pass)) {
		// Retrieve the sample stock table set up by resetdb
		mysqlpp::Query query = conn.query("select * from stock");
		mysqlpp::StoreQueryResult res =;

		// Display results
		if (res) {
			// Display header
			cout << setw(31) << "Item" <<
					setw(10) << "Num" <<
					setw(10) << "Weight" <<
					setw(10) << "Price" <<
					"Date" << endl << endl;

			// Get each row in result set, and print its contents
			for (size_t i = 0; i < res.num_rows(); ++i) {
				cout << setw(30) << res[i]["item"] << ' ' <<
						setw(9) << res[i]["num"] << ' ' <<
						setw(9) << res[i]["weight"] << ' ' <<
						setw(9) << res[i]["price"] << ' ' <<
						setw(9) << res[i]["sdate"] <<
		else {
			cerr << "Failed to get stock table: " << query.error() << endl;
			return 1;

		return 0;
	else {
		cerr << "DB connection failed: " << conn.error() << endl;
		return 1;

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Amit Bahree

This blog is my personal blog and while it does reflect my experiences in my professional life, this is just my thoughts. Most of the entries are technical though sometimes they can vary from the wacky to even political – however that is quite rare. Quite often, I have been asked what’s up with the “gibberish” and the funny title of the blog? Some people even going the extra step to say that, this is a virus that infected their system (ahem) well. [:D] It actually is quite simple, and if you have still not figured out then check out this link – whats in a name?

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