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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • PL/SQL is also implemented (with small differences) in Postgres. Of course you knew that.

    And of course you can use a lot of different languages server-side in Postgres, including Perl :-)

    But I have the feeling that PL/pgSQL is better integrated with the server. I have no performance numbers, so I could be totally wrong here.
    • I'm quite sure it's better integrated into the server.

      Personally, if I'm going to be writing code inside the server, I want it as integrated as possible.
  • I'm a reluctant lover of PL/SQL. I have an orange O'Reilly Oracle shelf sitting in front of me that's about two and a half feet wide. At one time, I'd read about a third of these all the way through and had plans to finish the rest, but then I needed less Oracle, and now in my new job I currently don't need it at all. (But with this prominent shelf, when we do need Oracle, they'll know which employee to go to. :) )

    I felt a deep, visceral agreement when you said "Instinctively, I found the idea of a cus

    J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
    • My original database experience order was MySQL -> Oracle -> Postgres.

      Once I discovered Oracle, I realised how dodgy MySQL truly was, and Postgres for me has always been a less corporatey, less thorough, but slightly more sane version of Oracle.

      I do like that you can relatively cleanly mix SQL syntax with the Ada-like coding in Oracle PL/SQL. The parsing implications (how complex their parser must be to deal with it) are amazing.

      I see where Microsoft copied their idea from for doing the same in C#.

  • Thanks for this post...I wasn't aware of the connection between the two languages, and knowing this makes both languages more interesting.