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How do I connect to Microsoft SQL server 6.5?

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Contributed by Anonymous Monk on Oct 19, 2000 at 13:04 UTC
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What modules do I need and where can I get them from,

Hoping for enlightenment
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Answer: How do I connect to Microsoft SQL server 6.5?
contributed by patgas

It took me weeks to figure out the actual code on how to connect to SQL Server without setting up a DSN on the machine. Hopefully I can spare someone the same pain.

This should give you the basics:

use DBI; use DBD::ODBC; my ( $data_source, $database, $user_id, $password ) = qw( server datab +ase user password ); my $conn_string = "driver={SQL Server};Server=$data_source;Database=$d +atabase;UID=$user_id;PWD=$password"; my $dbh = DBI->connect( "DBI:ODBC:$conn_string" ) or die $DBI::errstr; my $sql = "SELECT * FROM tbl_Foo (NOLOCK)"; my $sth = $dbh->prepare( $sql ); $sth->execute; while ( my $result = $sth->fetchrow_hashref ) { # Your fields can be accessed through the $result hashref, for exa +mple: print $result->{First_Name}; } $dbh->disconnect;
Answer: How do I connect to Microsoft SQL server 6.5?
contributed by wardk

I would second using

  • DBI
  • DBD::ODBC

Be sure to install MDAC 2.1 (or higher)

Also, ignore any advice to use DSN's on the machine, you should really build a complete connect string in your code. that way you stay portable. Nothing like moving it to a newer bigger machine (inevitable with NT) and then having to hand-build a DSN.

You should get suprisingly good results from a combination of Perl and ODBC. It sure beats using that other product from our pals in Redmond.

Answer: How do I connect to Microsoft SQL server 6.5?
contributed by agoth

Modules:

  • DBI
  • DBD::ODBC

You can get them from:
CPAN

Answer: How do I connect to Microsoft SQL server 6.5?
contributed by infoninja

Also, you might want to try FreeTDS and DBD::Sybase. MS-SQL Server is based off Sybase and uses TDS. I've had good results using the modules/drivers mentioned above.

Answer: How do I connect to Microsoft SQL server 6.5?
contributed by Caillte

The DBI module is not fun for the uninitiated... have a read here for some good tutorials.

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