Programming the Perl DBI

Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2000 15:05:34 -0400
From: Megan Conklin 

I won the perl DBI book a couple of months ago, so here is my review! I
would give this book 3 stars (out of 5).

The perl dbi book is basically the documentation, plus some extra
stuff.  Some of the chapters are available on the O'Reilly site.
Between these chapters and the docs, I'm not sure how much extra the
book really offers. But I guess if you like your reading material to be
ultra-portable, then this book is for you.

The book does cover the difference between fetching a row atomically
versus fetching all the rows in batch. It makes me feel a little guilty
to admit it, but the book also covered hash references in a nice way in
the batch vs atomic chapter (ch 5), and I often refer to the diagrams
at the front of that chapter when I need a little reinforcement for my
"mental picture" of how to treat a reference to an array containing an
array of fields from the database.

Another thing I liked about this book is that if you are new to
databases, the authors walk you through flat files, then dbm files,
then databases. You can really see the usefulness of this if you have
tried in vain to do something "on the cheap" without a database
before.

I guess it took me a while to write this review because I really didn't
want to just say that a lot of this stuff you could get from a careful
reading of the docs and a little sleuthing on the web. But I guess that
is the way with most perl though isn't it? I would say that if you have
never used databases before, then this book is probably a good
investment. If you have used databases a lot, then you might want it
just to complete your perl collection, but you probably won't use it
much as a reference.

-megan


Time-stamp: "2000-08-11 08:05:42 raleigh"