Some node I'm currently using in order to expand my knowledge:
A Practical Guide to Compiling C based Modules under ActiveState using Microsoft C++
Free MSVC tools + Activestate to compile CPAN Modules
perl -MCPAN on windows: Should I even try?
A guide to installing modules for Win32
Calling a C API in a dll from Perl on Windows
Speeding up the DBI
Power Failure Notify via AIM
The fine art of database programming
Benchmarking A DB-Intensive Script
Maybe I'll eventually post some code....