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Book: Programming the Perl DBI

Author: Alligator Descartes and Tim Bunce.

I’m not sure why I have this book or where it came from. My perl days were prior to my getting involved with database backed websites. I wrote a lot of perl to save things to files and transform images with ImageMagick, but when MySQL entered my life I was programming with PHP.

This Perl DBI book may have come from a brief consideration of getting back into perl development. Or maybe the brief period where I became temporarily infatuated with mod_perl because I read it was way faster than perl-under-cgi and would let you hook into the full Apache request/respond flow. More likely it was a free pile score as I’m fond of leafing through perl books now that I’m an OK programmer. My perl days were very copy/paste heavy and there was a lot of “I don’t know why doing it this way made that error go away, but it did, so let’s move on”. The syntax was too dense for me to fully understand what was going on with every line of code. It was only after I spent some time really learning to program that I could come back to a book like this and start to understand the code samples.

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Originally Posted: 1st September 2021