Best approach to query the SQL server for numpy

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In a previous programme I was reading data from a csv file like this:

AllData = np.genfromtxt(open("PSECSkew.csv", "rb"),
                        delimiter=',',
                        dtype=[('CalibrationDate', datetime),('Expiry', datetime), ('B0', float), ('B1', float), ('B2', float), ('ATMAdjustment', float)],
                        converters={0: ConvertToDate, 1: ConvertToDate})

I'm now writing an incredibly similar programme but this time I want to get a really similar data structure to AllData (except the floats will all be in a csv string this time) but from SQL Server instead of a csv file. What's the best approach?

pyodbc looks like it involves using cursors a lot which I'm not familiar with and would like to avoid. I just want to run the query and get the data in a structure like above (or like a DataTable in C#).


Here's a minimal example, based on the other question that you linked to:

import pyodbc
import numpy

conn = pyodbc.connect('DRIVER={SQL Server};SERVER=MyServer;Trusted_Connection=yes;')
cur = conn.cursor()
cur.execute('select object_id from sys.objects')
results = cur.fetchall()
results_as_list = [i[0] for i in results]
array = numpy.fromiter(results_as_list, dtype=numpy.int32)
print array