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Re: Re: What training do YOU need?

by runrig (Abbot)
on Oct 21, 2002 at 18:30 UTC ( #206894=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

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in thread What training do YOU need?

I'd love to hear why people are misusing DBI

From previous experience...we had someone who wrote things like this:

$sql = "select stuff from table where id = " . param('id');
I said we should be using placeholders here for security and efficiency (we were using Oracle which can really benefit from placeholders) but this person said placeholders didn't work. After some investigation (on my part) as to why they "didn't work", I found out that the 'id' parameter had a carriage return on the end of it, so placeholders didn't work in this particular instance (though with some /^(\d+)/ de-tainting they did work), so this this person avoided them everywhere instead of trying to figure out why they sometimes "didn't work." For similar reasons, he also avoided arrays, hash arrays, and other common idioms, but since his code "worked", no one ever questioned it.

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