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MasterSlaveConnection: Works in Pymongo 1.6
In my previous article Python, MongoDB and Pylons, Connection handles and all that lark I described the code and configuration we use at Snaptic for working with Pylons and MongoDB. We use the MasterSlaveConnection class to automatically handle read/write splitting, because we expect to be running a single master/multiple slaves configuration in production.

Broken in Pymongo 1.7
Well, yesterday I upgraded from Pymongo 1.6 to Pymongo 1.7 (just released) and found that unfortunately all the MongoDB stuff breaks, throwing TypeError exceptions when issuing even a simple find_one() query. You will see an error like this one: TypeError: 'Database' object is not callable. If you meant to call the 'document_class' method on a 'Collection' object it is failing because no such method exists.

But fixed in tip
After talking with Mike Dirolf (Pymongo author) on the MongoDB IRC channel, he came up with a fix within a few minutes. Although I don't think its in a release yet, if you grab this commit to Pymongo from github, MasterSlaveConnection should work again. He also filed this bug to come up with a more general solution. Cheers to Mike for his super quick turnaround on fixing the bug!

Niall O'Higgins is an author and software developer. He wrote the O'Reilly book MongoDB and Python. He also develops Strider Open Source Continuous Deployment and offers full-stack consulting services at FrozenRidge.co.

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