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Accessing an External Database

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Community Member, 7 Posts

24 May 2008 at 11:12am

Edited: 24/05/2008 11:13am

I want to create a Graph Obect (which will have fields for titles, x-axis heading, y-axis heading... etc) that uses an external database to pull the data.

Can I simply mix in some normal php database calls into my model?

I will probably make an ExternalDatabase class (similar to ExternalAuthenticator)... but just wondered if anyone had tried this before, and what caveats I should be aware of.

Also, does MS Sql Server work as the primary db for SS? I read that there was some work going on with PDO.


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Community Member, 6 Posts

25 May 2008 at 10:01pm



Community Member, 7 Posts

25 May 2008 at 10:52pm

To answer the second part of my post about MS Sql Server... it seems that SS does support mssql. I found some info at

I'm still curious about any suggestions for pulling data from an external database.


Community Member, 7 Posts

4 June 2008 at 2:30am

For all those others interested... this post looks like a valuable place to start:


Community Member, 791 Posts

31 July 2008 at 1:43am

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Did you find a proper way of achieving what you want ? I'm going to need this in the near future as well (connecting to another external database to fetch data for use in Silverstripe)....