[odb-users] Web http client as database runtime

Tony Rietwyk tony at rightsoft.com.au
Thu Sep 30 10:53:46 EDT 2021

On 30/09/2021 9:34 am, Adnan RIHAN wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm writing a stock management app using Qt (currently, only a 
> standalone version using QtSql and Sqlite), and I would like to 
> support a "network mode". The easiest way I thought about would be to 
> use an ORM like ODB and write a database runtime for web calls (GET 
> How would it be feasible to write a different runtime for ODB, and do 
> you think it's a smart approach please?
> Thanks for your advices

Hi Adnan,

Not a direct answer regarding ODB, but I had to do something similar 
with a large QtSql and Firebird app used by thousands of schools around 
the world.  I used a home grown QSqlDriver for several reasons:

- The app was too large to make any widespread changes.

- The app already switched between local and LAN based database 
connections, so adding a third connection type was easy.

- The app was very pop-up dialog based, where lists of records were 
modified in memory, then the insert/delete/updates for the altered 
records were done in a single transaction when the dialog was OK'd.  
This was really lucky and important, since none of the changes relied on 
doing selects on altered information during the transaction.  So the 
updating SQL statements and bind parameters could be accumulated by the 
driver and sent to the cloud server in one request during the 'commit' 
routine.  The select statements (usually done at the dialog start) were 
simply passed through directly to the cloud server.

- Some of the select queries could return very large amounts of data - 
mostly admin reports.

- Many students had very low-end laptops and Internet connections, so 
reducing the amount of traffic to the cloud server used to be important.

It took several months of development, and remains private to that 
client.  There were tricky issues mostly around using a nested event 
loop to block or delay UI interactions while accessing the network.

I hope you find this useful,

Regards, Tony

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