DBIx::Recordset - Perl extension for DBI recordsets Copyright (c) 1997-2001 Gerald Richter / ECOS You may distribute under the terms of either the GNU General Public License or the Artistic License, as specified in the Perl README file. THIS PACKAGE IS PROVIDED "AS IS" AND WITHOUT ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTIBILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. OVERVIEW DBIx::Recordset is a perl module for abstraction and simplification of database access. The goal is to make standard database access (select/insert/update/delete) easier to handle and independend of the underlying DBMS. Special attention is made on web applications to make it possible to handle the state-less access and to process the posted data of formfields, but DBIx::Recordset is not limited to web applications. The main features of DBIx::Recordset are: - it has a compact interface, normaly only one function call is necessary for setup and data retrival/inseration/deletion - it takes care about type conversion and quoting - it is able to access/modify tables via arrays and hashs - it can automaticly create sub-objects for tables which are logical linked together - it can automatily create joins based on logical links - it has input/output filters on a per field/per type basis - it can create WHERE expression from a hash, which is especially usefull in a cgi environement, where you can simply pass all paramters posted to your cgi script to DBIx::Recordset and DBIx::Recordset creates an corresponding SELECT. - it can create previous/next buttons for html output - it works together with HTML::Embperl for easily genration of HTML output - it has an own database abtraction class DBIx::Compat which gives all the necessary information, so that DBIx::Recordset is able to work with different database systems - The new class DBIx::Database is able to retrieve and store meta infomation of the database in a centralised location, which can be used for later setup. This is also usefull when running under mod_perl, because you can do all the setup and configuration work at webserver startup time, speeding up your scripts when a actual request is processed. DBIx::Recordset use the DBI API to access the database, so it should work with every database for which a DBD driver is available (see also DBIx::Compat) For more information look at perldoc DBIx::Recordset. An introduction to DBIx::Recordset can be view with perldoc Intrors.pod. The introduction can also be viewed online at http://perl.apache.org/embperl/Intrors.pod.cont.html INSTALLATION As usual start with perl Makefile.PL The makefile tries to detecd your installed DBD drivers and asks you for a database for performing the tests. The database must exist before the make test can run! Now you are ready todo a make and make test if make test runs ok, do a make install and you are ready. If not you should check if a entry for your DBD driver exists in the file Compat.pm. If not create one. For more information how todo this look at perldoc Compat Currently there are entries for - DBD::mSQL - DBD::mysql - DBD::Pg - DBD::Solid - DBD::ODBC - DBD::Oracle (requires DBD::Oracle 0.60 or higher) - DBD::Sybase - DBD::CSV - DBD::Informix - DBD::InterBase If you create your own entry please send it to me, so I can include it in the next release. After changing the Compat.pm rerun make test to make sure it works! If you don't get make test to work for you, please send me the file test.log (Normaly it should be enought to send the part for the test, that fails) along with the versions of DBI and the DBD driver you are using. EXAMPLES The perldoc DBIx::Recordset contains a lot of examples for function calls. The directory eg/ contains examples for HTML::Embperl and CGI.pm Also you can look at test.pl, which should use most aspects of DBIx::Recordset SUPPORT As far as possible for me, support will be available directly from me or via the DBI Users mailinglist.