The Official Win32::ODBC Home Page
ODBC has gained so much momentum over the years that it is now considered to be the standard Call Level Interface (CLI)
for many database engines. It has been ported to the most popular platforms (Win32, UNIX, Mac) and is so ubiquitous that
you may be using it without knowing it. For example Active Data Objects (ADO) is an abstraction above ODBC as is
The Perl Win32::ODBC extension was designed to to mimic the ODBC interface quite closely. This makes porting ODBC code from
another laguage (C++, Basic, Pascal, etc) to Perl easier. Likewise if you are writing code in another language which
uses ODBC then the use of this extension allows you to quickly prototype it in Perl.
The current version of Win32::ODBC is and can be found at either:
The Roth Consulting FTP site. Here you are guaranteed to get the latest and most up-to-date version.
It can be downloaded from our secret beta directory
or from our Perl Package Repository using
the Perl Package Manager:
perl.exe ppm.pl install win32-odbcbeta --location=http://www.roth.net/perl/packages
Win32::ODBC has a very simple interface to use. It also has a wealth of functions that allow your scripts to make
copious use of ODBC. To understand its capabilities you may want to peruse the online documentation:
- The Win32::ODBC documentation
- This documentation gives an overview on how Win32::ODBC works. This is a guide to using the extension.
- The Win32::ODBC object description
- This describes a Win32::ODBC object's values and methods. This is a spec sheet detailing the technical
aspect of the extension.
- The Win32::ODBC FAQ
- This is a list of Frequently Asked Questions. When you have a question that is not covered in the documentation
then check here.
Dave Roth gave a presentation on Win32::ODBC at the First Annual Perl Conference in August of 1997.
The slides of that presentation are available online.
You can also download the MS Power Point 97 file.
Way special thanks to Joseph
Casadonte Jr. for donating the time and courage to compile the Web
version of the documentation!
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