I'd like to think that I'm a reasonably decent Perl programmer now. I'd like to think that I have a good grasp of how to solve relatively common problems in Perl. But, you know, it hasn't always been this way. Oh no.
A long, long time ago, when I was a tiny little programmer, I worked as a trainee Perl coder and systems administrator for a large database company. Naturally, at a database company, a lot of what we had to do was talking to databases in Perl. As a fresh-faced programmer, the only way I knew to interface with databases was through a command-line SQL client.
The Obvious Solution
So in case anyone hasn't told you yet: there's a better way. The better way is called the DBI, the DataBase Interface module. It was initially written between 1992 and 1994, long before I was messing about with sqlstar -- so I really have no excuse.
The article continues at http://www.perl.com/pub/a/2003/10/23/databases.html