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What is the best Perl library to use to connect and access MSSQL2008 Database from winXP PC?
i can't (and won't) argue with mjes suggestion since I have not used the ODBC DBI.
I would, however, say that when last I was tasked with talking to M$ Server, Win32::ODBC worked well ... once I'd ironed out the, not entirely unexpected, Windoze peculiarities & foibles with the aid of Dave Roths' excellent website & ODBC homepage - his books were also of great help.
A user level that continues to overstate my experience :-))