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Linux Journal: Programming the Perl DBI [Book Review]

Jun 24, 2000, 17:45 (0 Talkback[s])
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"This new book from O'Reilly is the first one available from any publisher on the subject of programming the Perl DBI, and its authors are imminently qualified to write it. Tim Bunce wrote the DBI Perl module, and also the DBD Oracle module. Alligator Descartes, who originally began working on the book, is a leading Perl/DBI exponent in the Oracle community. The authors have been working on the Perl interface to relational databases, and documentation thereof, since 1992. Programming the Perl DBI is not merely a republication of older documentation. A great deal of new material is here, not all of it about DBI."

"The book starts out very simply, describing how even a flat file like /etc/passwd can be a bona fide database. The authors progress logically to more complex data models by addressing the shortcomings of the simpler models. After flat files, the book covers DBM and the Berkeley Database Manager, again noting the details of use, pros, cons and applications where this type of database is best used. A chapter on SQL and relational databases is included as a primer for those who are new to the material."

"Anyone who works with data will find this book useful. And the more closely one works with relational databases and the programs which access that data, the more useful it will be."

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