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Tim Bunce, CTO, Data Plan Services

Track: Perl
Date: Monday, July 26
Time: 1:45pm - 5:15pm
Location: Columbia


Bunce's tutorial is designed for intermediate to advanced Perl programmers with an understanding of the DBI and a desire to know more. Learn how the DBI works and how to get the best out of it, including how to maximize speed, safety, reliability, and portability. This year, Bunce has updated his popular tutorial to include more of the new DBI features added since version 1.14.

Course Outline:

  • Speed, speed, speed: what helps, what doesn't; database design, application partitioning, network latency, stored procedures, caching etc.

  • Handling handles and binding values; your TYPE or mine?

  • Error checking, recovery, and transactions; PrintError, RaiseError, and HandleError; the importance of checking and the virtues of eval.

  • How transactions and RaiseError work together.

  • Wheels within wheels: The architecture and how to see inside it using trace.

  • DBI for the Web: Connect speed, state-less-ness, browsing pages of results, concurrent editing and optimistic locking, security tainting.

  • Handling LONG/BLOB data.

  • Database and Platform Portability: Database and driver metadata, SQL dialects.

  • DBD::Proxy and DBD::Multiplex.

  • What's new (since the book) and what's planned.

  • DBI::PurePerl

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