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VII. Databases > 62. Win32::ODBC

Chapter 62. Win32::ODBC

Joe Casadonte

I was once told, “Look to your hobbies to start a business.” About three years ago, I thought about starting a company that combined my hobbies: Perl and the Internet. I found a store in Delaware that sold thousands of hot sauces, another of my passions, and an idea came to me—I could sell the hot sauces for the store online. I would put the product data into a database and take orders over the Web, using Perl to generate the HTML and keep track of sales.

One part was missing. How would I connect to a database? Outside of work, I had access only to a Win95 machine. It ran Perl for Win32 from ActiveState. OraPerl and DBI hadn’t yet been ported to the Win32 platform. For a long time I was stuck.


  

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