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Devel::NYTProf saved us again and raises a question

Not for the first time a Perl POE daemon in our development system seemed to be taking a long time on certain requests. It is a large amount of code and although we had our suspicions we've learnt the lesson now - Devel::NYTProf is so simple to use we had no hesitation in running it on this daemon. Instead of:
perl program_args
you simply run:
perl -d:NYTProf program_args
then a nytprof.out file is created and then you can generate the HTML report and view it with:
mkdir report
nytprofhtml -o report
firefox 'file://report/index.html'

ODBC - The Connection Process

A great deal of issues arise in the dbi-users mailing list and to me personally concerning ODBC connection issues so I thought I'd describe the ODBC connection process here (with a slight Perl angle since I look after DBD::ODBC). The information here should be of general interest to anyone using ODBC.

DBD::ODBC 1.23_5 released - soon to move to official 1.24 release

I the last few days I released another development release of DBD::ODBC 1.23_5. I've been waiting for smoke testers to attack this release and then I will do an official 1.24 release. Since very few smokers actually run the test code I'm going to look at Test::Database for the next release - if you are a smoker and have Test::Database setup for DBD::ODBC I'd love to hear from you (really). 1.23_5 contains the following changes since 1.23: =head1 CHANGES =head2 Changes in DBD::ODBC 1.23_5 May 6, 2010 Added advice from Jan Dubois (ActiveState) on building DBD::ODBC for

Testing DBI's DBDs

I've maintained DBD::ODBC for some years now but one thing that constantly causes me problems is finding enough testers to be sure a development release is good enough to be released officially. CPAN Testers do a great job (and I joined the clan for a while until the throttling issues last Xmas and now I wait for CPAN Testers 2) but very few (if any) have a data source set up to a real database. Mostly the reports I get are PASS but when I look at them there was no actually data source set up so no real database tests actually ran.

New 1.23_4 development release of DBD::ODBC - faster - please test

I have just uploaded a new development release of DBD::ODBC 1.23_4 to CPAN. This is very much an experimental release but unless I hear any negative reports I will release this as 1.24. If you use DBD::ODBC you SHOULD test this release as it contains some significant changes to speed up prepared statements and as DBD::ODBC has to support a large number of ODBC drivers I have not been able to test the dozens of possibilities myself. If you use the MS SQL Server ODBC Driver or Native Client this change will definitely impact you and for other drivers this should reduce calls to SQLBindParameter.

DBD::ODBC Speedups

In the last few days whilst hanging out on the #dbi IRC channel I saw messages from someone using/developing OTRS (Open source Ticket Request System) with DBD::ODBC.

#dbi channel on IRC

I know that not everyone is in to IRC and I for one have only flirted with it over the years but for the last 6 months or so I've frequented the #dbi channel and there are a number of knowledgeable and helpful people on it but there is a low representation from DBD authors/maintainers.

get_iplayer - download BBC iplayer content

Sometimes something comes along that truly impresses me. get_iplayer is one of those things. As a UK resident who uses iplayer three or four times a week and a Perl fan get_iplayer really caught my interest. The idea that you can list all of the BBCs iplayer content then download whatever you like to watch whenever you like really did interest me. First I tried downloading it from github but it failed to find updates. Then I noticed it was available as an Ubuntu package and installed it. After that a:

DBIx::Log4perl release 0.20 - bugfix and new feature

I've just released v0.20 of DBIx::Log4perl. DBIx::Log4perl is a Perl extension for DBI to selectively log DBI methods, SQL, parameters, result-sets, transactions etc to a Log::Log4perl handle. This release fixes a problem where execute_array tuple status was reported at INFO level instead of DEBUG level and adds the DBIX_L4P_LOG_DELAYBINDPARAM constant which delays logging bind_param methods in DBI until the execute method is called.

Binding and retrieving NULL lobs from procedures

Just hit a rather annoying problem in DBD::Oracle 1.24a today. Our application contains all the logic in database procedures and in some cases database result-sets are returned to our Perl code via a reference cursor. Due to problems with ora_auto_lobs not working on reference cursors in previous DBD::Oracle releases we generally use Data Interface for Lob Locators where ora_lob_length returns a lobs sie and ora_lob_read is used to retrieve it.
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