Publisher description for Programming the Perl DBI / Alligator Descartes and Tim Bunce.


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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.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Perl (Computer program language)
Database management.