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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • In the 4gl I used, when you had to explicitly declare variables, you could declare a record 'like' a table, then 'select *' into the record. This was extremely convenient on tables with many columns. Unfortunately, that meant that you had to recompile the program if the table changed.

    And Matt is correct in that some databases return 'table.column' as the column name (as the hash key or in $sth->{NAME}), which is annoying when switching between databases.