Python is available in Rocket D3 10.3.1

Python is an exciting addition to the Rocket Software MultiValue databases. Following on the success of bringing Python to UniData and UniVerse, Rocket Software in now bringing Python to Rocket D3.

In Rocket D3 10.3.1 we have added Python to work with your existing data in a new language. Not only does Python allow you to move to a more modern development language, it will also help you attract a new generation to MV.

As stated in a previous blog post ‘Why Python is good for the bottom line’, “No doubt you’ve heard that Python is the fourth most popular, fastest-growing language. Not only is it easy to learn, but Python has over 138,000 (that’s now up to over 180,000) packages you can deploy to expand the functionality and efficiency of your existing MultiValue application. Initially, Python and its libraries were skewed toward developing for mathematics, science, large data, and memory management. Over time, however, the Python Package Index (PYPI) has grown to host countless standard and community-continued modules for:

  • Web and Internet Development
  • Database Access
  • Desktop GUI
  • Scientific & Numeric
  • Education
  • Network Programming
  • Software & Game Development”

D3 Python Setup

To set access to Python, update .pyconfig

1. Install the 64-bit Python version.
Usually, the appropriate source for this is

Note that Rocket D3 can access any Python 3.X version of Python.

2. Locate the .pyconfig configuration file in the D3 installation directory.
This location should not be overwritten or changed.

3. Save the existing file to another file.
For example, .pyconfig_original.

4. Modify the .pyconfig file.
The modified .pyconfig file might look like the following:

PYHOME=C:\Program Files\Python\Python37
PYLIB=C:\Program Files\Python\Python37\python35.dll

Setting up XDEMO Python Code

The Rocket MultiValue databases are now being shipped with an XDEMO account that contains sample code.

To set up the Python sample code, do the following:

1. Create a directory at the OS level to hold the file.
mkdir C:\D3Python

2. Copy the items from PP to the file

          :COPY PP *
to :(C:\D3Python
1 TO
2 TO
3 TO
4 TO
5 TO

[805] 5 item(s) copied

Getting Started with Python

Developers have the ability to access Python from the Rocket D3 solutions. Included in this release are:

1. PYTHON – Launches the Python REPL ( Read, Eval, Print and Loop ) shell.
2. RUNPY – Run a Python program from the TCL prompt.
3. Calling Python from BASIC – BASIC API to access Python modules.

Launching the Python REPL from TCL

Using the REPL is a simple way to check access to Python, and to work with Python.

Python 3.7.1rc1 (v3.7.1rc1:2064bcf6ce, Sep 26 2018, 15:15:36) [MSC v.1914 64 bit  (AMD64)] on win32
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> import Greeting
Type your name: Mike
Hello Mike
>>> help(Greeting)
Help on module Greeting:

Greeting - # Copyright (C) Rocket Software 1993-2015

hello_name = 'Mike'


Running a Python program from TCL

Syntax: runpy filename

:runpy pp
Type your name: Mike
Hello Mike

Modules imported must be available to Python
( setting a Q pointer will allow access from TCL and Python )
:ct md d3python

001 Q
003 c:\D3Python

Flash BASIC API to access Python modules

To interact with Python from a Flash BASIC program, Rocket D3 provides several API functions:

  • PyCall function
  • PyCallFunction function
  • PyCallMethod function
  • PyGetAttr function
  • PyImport function
  • PySetAttr function

When using the Python API Functions, code must include:


Any modules referenced must be defined in Python, and the BASIC code must be compiled with FlashBASIC

compile filename programname (O


There is an example program in the PBP file in the XDEMO account called LARGENUM_TEST.  It calls the getsqrt function in a Python module named

ModuleName = "largenum_sqrt"
FuncName = "getsqrt"

* call the Python function
pyresult = %PyCallFunction(ModuleName, FuncName, NMBR)

Note that this simple program shows the extended precision that Python provides, and how it can be integrated into your MultiValue application.

SQRT(NMBR)= 3513641828.8201
Python RESULT:
SQRT(NMBR)= 3513641828.820144253678675540738389727207403350606497150292801683


Michael Rajkowski

Michael Rajkowski 8 Posts

As a member of the Rocket MultiValue Support organization, Michael has worked with MultiValue for over 25 years in numerous professional roles. He is especially fascinated with the areas of MultiValue that intersect with other technologies. He recently moved to Irvine, where he can not only expand his MultiValue expertise to include the Rocket D3 product family, but also where he, his wife and son can enjoy being closer to Disneyland.


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