For pset7, I have 3 tables (users, transactions, portfolio), in portfolio I want to go in and update the number of shares a user holds in a specific stock if they already own it, or add a new row if they don't.

Right now, I'm able to add rows for new purchases, but when I try to update a row to change the share amount, the query runs and debug50 throws no bugs, but the value doesn't change in the db.

#       check if user has this stock in portfolio
        update = db.execute("SELECT * FROM portfolio WHERE user_id = :id AND symbol = :symbol", id= session['user_id'], symbol = (request.form.get("symbol")).upper())
        if not update:
            # If not, insert it.
            db.execute("INSERT INTO portfolio(user_id, company_name, symbol, shares) VALUES (:user_id, :company_name, :symbol, :shares)", user_id=session["user_id"], company_name=stock['name'], symbol=stock['symbol'], shares=request.form.get("shares"))
             # If the do, update it.
            cur_shares = update[0]["shares"]
            new_shares = shares+cur_shares
            db.execute("UPDATE portfolio SET shares=:shares WHERE user_id=:user_id AND symbol=:symbol", shares=new_shares, user_id=session["user_id"], symbol=request.form.get("symbol"))
            # Update user table

I saw other posts with similar issues, but the syntax was different / didn't address the issue here. Schema for the portfolio table below.


1 Answer 1


The difference in the way symbol is being set in the two execute calls would explain the problem. If it tests if SYMBOL is held, then it should insert and/or update SYMBOL.

  • !!! Perfect, thank you.
    – Jake
    Commented Aug 10, 2018 at 20:29

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