Chapter 59. Using DBI with Microsoft Access

Craig McElwee

The thing about magicians is that they do some rather amazing things and make it look easy. You know it’s not really magic, but without a key secret or two, there is simply no way you can manage the same feat. The same can be said for putting together a little SQL-based web application on Windows; seeing the pros do it in a few paragraphs of documentation makes it look easy, then you try it yourself and it’s no-go.

I once faced this situation. I considered myself a competent Perl programmer who simply hadn’t had yet had the need for a SQL (Structured Query Language) database. I knew I eventually would, but I’d survived with tied hashes and CSV files until then.

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