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Thursday June 03, 2004
03:32 PM

A database interface in 5 minutes or less

[ #19078 ]
If you're in a rush and can't find any GUI interface for your favorite database engine, you can use this. I had to do this for a Sybase database I suddenly realized we needed to connect to (proxy code removed to protect the guilty). Enjoy! ;)

use strict;
use Tk;
use Tk::MListbox;
use DBI;

my $user = "user";
my $pass = "XXX";
my $db   = "db";
my $vendor = "Oracle"; # or whatever

my $dbh = DBI->connect("dbi:$vendor:$db",

my $mw = MainWindow->new;
$mw->title("DSSI"); # Dan's super simple interface

my $top_frame = $mw->Frame;
my $middle_frame = $mw->Frame;
my $bottom_frame = $mw->Frame;

my $editor = $middle_frame->Scrolled("Text"); $editor->pack(-side=>"top");

my $submit_button = $top_frame->Button(
$submit_button->pack(-side=>"right", -anchor=>"e");

my $exit_button = $bottom_frame->Button(-text=>"Exit",-command=>\&exit_app);
$exit_button->pack(- side=>"right",-anchor=>"e");

my $ml = $middle_frame->Scrolled("MListbox");
$ml- >pack(-side=>"bottom",-expand=>"nsew", -anchor=>"w", -fill=>"both");

$top_frame->pack(-side=>"top"); $middle_frame->pack(-side=>"top");

sub execute_sql{
   my $sql = $editor->get("1.0","end");
   my $sth = $dbh->prepare($sql);
   my $n = 0;
   my $row = 1;
   my @columns;
   while(my $rec = $sth->fetchrow_hashref){
      if($n == 0){
         @columns = keys(%$rec);
         foreach my $col(@columns){
      my @values = values(%$rec);

sub exit_app{


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  • It'd be interesting to try that result box with a grid manager, I think. Maybe I should do a column on that. {grin}
    • Randal L. Schwartz
    • Stonehenge
  • I'd probably get the column names before the fetch with NAME_uc or NAME_lc and so display the names whether or not there are any rows fetched, then just do a straight 'fetch' rather than 'fetchrow_hashref' (in fact, that's what I'm now doing). I know, everyone's a critic :-) Thanks.
    • To see column names even with no rows:

      sub execute_sql{
         my $sql = $editor->get("1.0","end");
         my $sth = $dbh->prepare($sql);
         foreach my $col(@{ $sth->{NAME_uc} }){
         my $row = 1;
         while(my $rec = $sth->fetch){

      • Yah, that's better. Well, if I had spent 5 extra minutes, I would have cleaned that up. :)
        • ...also, I'd take out the 'finish' since all rows are being fetched. Though I'd also add another data field to allow the user to only fetch the first N which case I'd leave in the 'finish'. Since I don't know Tk, it may take me more than five minutes :-)