in reply to
RFC: Databases made easy
A general comment that I would add to this (excellent!) tutorial is, simply: “Always be mindful of transactions.”
Different people have different preferences about how they want to deal with transactions, and DBI tries to accommodate everyone. You can start and commit and roll-back the transactions explicitly, or you can let DBI issue some of these calls for you. The important thing is simply to know what is going to happen in the code that you write.
In the case of SQLite, transactions are particularly important! When a transaction is in progress, SQLite will defer certain disk I/O operations until the transaction commits (if not sooner), but when a transaction is not in progress, SQLite will ensure that every disk write is known to be successfully finished before the statement completes. Although this behavior is conservative and, undoubtedly, “technically correct,” this can have a dramatically negative impact on performance, even on a very fast machine. (“Gotcha!!”)