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Code Example 1

#include <stdio.h>
#include <string>
using std::string;
#include <sstream>
using std::stringstream;

#include "sqlite3.h"

bool find_employee(int _id)
    bool found = false;
    sqlite3* db;
    sqlite3_stmt* stmt;
    stringstream ss;

    // create sql statement string
    // if _id is not 0, search for id, otherwise print all IDs
    // this can also be achieved with the default sqlite3_bind* utilities
    if(_id) { ss << "select * from employees where id = " << _id << ";"; }
    else { ss << "select * from employees;"; }
    string sql(ss.str());

    //the resulting sql statement
    printf("sql: %s\n", sql.c_str());

    //get link to database object
    if(sqlite3_open("data/test.db", &db) != SQLITE_OK) {
        printf("ERROR: can't open database: %s\n", sqlite3_errmsg(db));
        return found;

    // compile sql statement to binary
    if(sqlite3_prepare_v2(db, sql.c_str(), -1, &stmt, NULL) != SQLITE_OK) {
        printf("ERROR: while compiling sql: %s\n", sqlite3_errmsg(db));
        return found;

    // execute sql statement, and while there are rows returned, print ID
    int ret_code = 0;
    while((ret_code = sqlite3_step(stmt)) == SQLITE_ROW) {
        printf("TEST: ID = %d\n", sqlite3_column_int(stmt, 0));
        found = true;
    if(ret_code != SQLITE_DONE) {
        //this error handling could be done better, but it works
        printf("ERROR: while performing sql: %s\n", sqlite3_errmsg(db));
        printf("ret_code = %d\n", ret_code);

    printf("entry %s\n", found ? "found" : "not found");

    //release resources

    return found;

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