Here's your in-depth guide to creating database-driven applications using Perl. In this authoritative reference, Perl expert Brent Michalski uses plenty of examples to help you master Perl's capabilities in database applications with MySQL, PostgreSQL, and Oracle. Along the way, he explores practical applications for cutting-edge technologies like XML and Web services. If you're a Perl novice, the comprehensive code samples and step-by-step explanations will have you writing database applications quickly and confidently. If you're experienced, this definitive guidebook has everything you need to move ahead with Web programming, problem tracking, automatic e-mail reports, and much more. You'll learn how to: * Understand different database models, DBIs, and DBDs * Set up relational databases, retrieve information, and generate reports * Tie a Perl hash to a database and track users with cookies * Generate and deliver automatic e-mail reports * Use tied hashes to create Web-based shopping carts * Handle binary data and submit BLOB data * Create phonebooks, photo albums, and a SOAP-based catalog The companion Web site features source code from the book and other useful information.Michalski, Brent is the author of 'Perl Database Programming' with ISBN 9780764549564 and ISBN 0764549561.