The examples below show how to retrieve the password from an environment variable and use it to connect.

You can access data using pyodbc or SQLAlchemy.

# pyodbc lets you make direct SQL queries.
!cd pyodbc-3.0.7;python install --prefix /home/cdsw
import os

# See for information on how to construct ODBC connection strings.
db = pyodbc.connect("DRIVER={PostgreSQL Unicode};SERVER=localhost;PORT=5432;DATABASE=test_db;USER=cdswuser;OPTION=3;PASSWORD=%s" % os.environ["POSTGRESQL_PASSWORD"])
cursor = cnxn.cursor()
cursor.execute("select user_id, user_name from users")

# sqlalchemy is an object relational database client that lets you make database queries in a more Pythonic way.
!pip install sqlalchemy
import os
import sqlalchemy
from sqlalchemy.orm import sessionmaker
from sqlalchemy import create_engine
db = create_engine("postgresql://cdswuser:%s@localhost:5432/test_db" % os.environ["POSTGRESQL_PASSWORD"])
session = sessionmaker(bind=db)
user = session.query(User).filter_by(name='ed').first()