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Win32 Perl Programming: The Standard Extensions, Second Edition by Dave Roth

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What Is ODBC?

All databases have their own unique way of doing things. When a programmer wants to access database services from within his code, he has to learn how to use that particular database. Really, this is not so difficult because most of the major database vendors document their systems and provide libraries to which a coder can link. This is all fine and good as long as you always use one particular database. The moment you need to access a different type of database, however, not only will you have to learn another entire set of commands and procedures, you will also need to change your scripts so they can interface with this new database. Usually this means a total rewrite of the code.

Now imagine you want to write a database application ...

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