ODBC is our preferred interface technology. It is widely supported, here for the long haul, and offers all the features serious database developers require. There is an ODBC module included in the PythonWin distribution, and two enhanced ones available for download, which we examine next. As you will see, these provide the fastest and simplest ways of getting data out of a database and into Python variables. DAO is of interest because it is a standard part of Office and in such wide use; it may be relevant if you are dealing specifically with Access databases. However, ADO seems set to take over and offers significant benefits, as well as a fairly straightforward transition from DAO. We show some examples of all three in the next section, but we’ll concentrate mainly on ODBC for our more advanced examples.