One of the most common types of databases that we can build Q&A systems for are SQL databases. LangChain comes with a number of built-in chains and agents that are compatible with any SQL dialect supported by SQLAlchemy (e.g., MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle SQL, Databricks, SQLite). They enable use cases such as:
- Generating queries that will be run based on natural language questions,
- Creating chatbots that can answer questions based on database data,
- Building custom dashboards based on insights a user wants to analyze,
and much more.
⚠️ Security note ⚠️
Building Q&A systems of SQL databases requires executing model-generated SQL queries. There are inherent risks in doing this. Make sure that your database connection permissions are always scoped as narrowly as possible for your chain/agent’s needs. This will mitigate though not eliminate the risks of building a model-driven system. For more on general security best practices, see here.
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