D’oh! I even wondered how it could be that Juerd would miss such an obvious and obviously useful feature, and checked the docs multiple times – but didn’t see it. Sometimes I really have a blind spot. Thanks for pointing out the blunder, I fixed my node.
As for a comparison with Class::DBI – there’s just not much to compare. DBIx::Simple is a very thin layer on top of DBI which doesn’t fundamentally affect the way you work, it just adds a good helping of readability and makes some things a smidgen easier. So DBIx::Simple is to Class::DBI exactly as DBI also is to Class::DBI.
Makeshifts last the longest.