Subject Re: [ib-support] Installing Perl DBD on a client machine
Author Danial Magid

Thanks so much. I realy appreciate the detailed information you have supplied.
I have decided to give up on freebsd and try installing DBD and the interbase client (for the
libs) on a linux machine.
Which version of linux would you recommend?
I have liked working with Mandrake, but I guess Red Hat has been tested out with IB?


--- Adam Clarke <Adam.Clarke@...> wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Helen Borrie" <helebor@...>
> Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2001 1:31 AM
> > I don't know anything about the DBI but I suggest you contact the author
> (see the Tools | Drivers page on the interbase2000 site, Edwin Pratomo). I
> have the latest Firebird happily installed on my Linux box but I access it
> from Delphi applications, not DBI at the moment.
> A slight technical correction here. Edwin Pratomo is not the author of DBI,
> Tim Bunce with the assistance of others is. Edwin wrote (with the assistance
> of others) a DBD (Data Base Driver) which allows DBI to use Interbase as a
> back end. This is the fundamental model of DBI and as such is very powerful.
> Most of the had work is done in a shared module (DBI) then specific database
> drivers are written within a set framework. This allows for a "many hands
> make light work" model for DBI development, while allowing those who need to
> scratch a particluar database itch develop the specifics for that DB.
> > You might like to look at IBPerl, if you haven't tried it yet. It's on
> the Tools | Programming Interfaces page.
> I suggest you stick to DBD::Interbase. Here are my reasons, in no particular
> order.
> * IBPerl is not currently being actively developed AFAIK and right now
> is not even accessible.
> * We have been using DBD::Interbase and it has been picking up steam (in
> terms of development activity) consistently over the last 12 months. We have
> found it to be stable for our needs. It is being used in a browser
> accessible client information system for non government aid organisation, so
> is in use in a mission critical application.
> * Doing Database development via DBI::DBD is "The Perl Way" and despite the
> fact that "there is more than one way to do it" (TIMTOWTDI), using DBD
> allows for easier porting to other databases and easier access to other Perl
> developers who are already familiar with the DBI way. The DBI has books and
> reams of on line information dedicated to it. Tim Bunce the author of DBI
> has been actively working on, thinking and writing about DBI for some years
> now and receives input from many talented individuals towards the design and
> implementation of DBI.
> * Perl 6 (not 5.6) is currently being designed from the ground up. While it
> is a couple of years away from being used in a stable application, it is
> slated to include native database access. Guess what the most likely
> contender for that framework is.
> ---
> As for your question about why DBD::Interbase wants to have IB installed,
> Helen answered that in her e-mail. You must have the client libs on the
> client machine for DBD::Interbase to work, this is the case for most DBD's
> and is also the case for IBPerl. You do not need to be running the server on
> the client machines.
> Cheers
> Adam Clarke
> Interbase user, Perl zealot.

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