Programming the Perl DBI : Database Programming with Perl, Paperback Book

Programming the Perl DBI : Database Programming with Perl Paperback

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One of the greatest strengths of the Perl programming language is its ability to manipulate large amounts of data. Database programming is therefore a natural fit for Perl, not only for business applications but also for CGI-based web and intranet applications.

The primary interface for database programming in Perl is DBI. DBI is a database-independent package that provides a consistent set of routines regardless of what database product you use--Oracle, Sybase, Ingres, Informix, you name it.

The design of DBI is to separate the actual database drivers (DBDs) from the programmer's API, so any DBI program can work with any database, or even with multiple databases by different vendors simultaneously.

Programming the Perl DBI is coauthored by Alligator Descartes, one of the most active members of the DBI community, and by Tim Bunce, the inventor of DBI.

For the uninitiated, the book explains the architecture of DBI and shows you how to write DBI-based programs. For the experienced DBI dabbler, this book reveals DBI's nuances and the peculiarities of each individual DBD. The book includes: *An introduction to DBI and its design *How to construct queries and bind parameters *Working with database, driver, and statement handles *Debugging techniques *Coverage of each existing DBD *A complete reference to DBI This is the definitive book for database programming in Perl.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368 pages, 1, black & white illustrations
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Inc, USA
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  • Category: Web programming
  • ISBN: 9781565926998

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If you needed another reason to love Perl, it’s got to be the DBI. DBI stands for DataBase Interface. Basically, the DBI allows a developer to access a nonspecific database type, as well as perform database functions within Perl code.Because of the DBI, major corporations have brought their disparate databases into sync with one another through the glue-that-holds-the-Internet-together: Perl.This book, Programming the Perl DBI by Alligator Descartes and Tim Bunce (the creator of the Perl DBI), covers just about everything you’d need to know to start writing Perl programs with database capabilities (even if your database happens to be, say, a flat file).My only complaint is a lack of support for OODBs, but that’s not a problem with the book, but a lack of a compatible DBIx:: driver.I found this book useful and informative, and would recommend it to any person looking for a simple solution to connect, unite, or just use the many databases they may need to access on a daily basis, for work, play, or otherwise. Highly recommended!

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