On Win32 you should try ADO datbase access (really fast).
This makes converting most VB apps to Perl really easy.
Since Perl supoports OLE try this:
# create ADO auto object
$conn = CreateObject OLE "ADODB.Connection" || die "CreateObject: $!";
# connect to data source
$sql = 'SELECT * FROM my_table_name';
# build recordset
$rs = $conn->Execute($sql);
# loop through recordset
# shut down the recordset
# close the data source
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