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RE: Perl Book Recommendations

From: David Lee <>
Date: Fri, 2 Apr 2004 09:49:58 -0500
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All the books that were mentioned before are excellent books. Another = good book I like is the "Perl Cookbook". I frequently browse through it = to find commonly used codes.

I use perl with DBI at work too. It is very powerful and easy to use = too. I remembered there was another way to connect to Oracle without = using DBI or oraperl. The author said it offered comparable = performances to DBI and allow "database independence". I think you had = to create an internal mapping of tables within the program. So if you = ever had to restructure the tables, you don't need to change the SQL. = (Sorry, my memory is kind of shot.)

-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Mladen Gogala Sent: Thursday, April 01, 2004 10:19 PM
Subject: Re: Perl Book Recommendations

No RTFM's here. The question is not stupid, and there aren't many = manuals=20
around. Yes, DBI is still the best way to do it. Drivers are stable and = work
really, really well. The latest version does differ from the book in = that it
returns new hash reference each time it's called and that there is new = DBD::Oracle
field called: ora_check_sql, but that's about it. If I wanted to throw a = RTFM at
you, I wouldn't bother giving you the whole literature list. A long, = long time ago,
in a version far, far away, there used to be something called oraperl, = which
was using routines like &ora_login (at those ancient times, routines = were called
with the "&" prefix) but nobody is using it any more. Even I have = converted all
my scripts to perl5 some 4 years ago and I'd have to look really hard to = find oraperl
manuals now. I don't see any other purpose to those old manuals now but = to torture=20
somebody into submission. That means that Jared might still have them = (wicked grin).

On 04/01/2004 09:46:45 PM, Larry Elkins wrote:
> Mladen,

> Thanks for the recommendations. And of course I'm aware of the Jared =
> Duncan book ;-) Your comments about DBI being a little old, is DBI =
still the
> way to interface with Oracle (and other databases)? Or has something =
> come into play? Yes, I will be googling for that answer as soon as I =
> this so don't send some stinking rtfm or "google it up" answer ;-) =
> it is useful to get the opinion of people you trust as opposed to =
> just a lot of junk on the internet.

Mladen Gogala
Oracle DBA

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