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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Thanks for elaborating. I can agree totally. This is the first project I have been on to use Oracle. All dates are strings and not DATE (so I have to convert in almost all calls). All fields are NOT NULL and a fixed length even if the data doesn't come close to using the space (I know how to use rtrim and I have to do it in almost every call). There are no foreign keys (it is about 1500 tables). It is very frustrating.
    • by Ovid (2709) on 2007.04.11 1:47 (#54322) Homepage Journal

      Wow. That sounds like giving a kid a Ferrari for driving lessons and then not bothering to teach them to drive. I actually don't mind having everything NOT NULL, but that's only if folks know why they're doing that and clearly whoever worked on your database didn't.

      Can you do something like Rose [cpan.org] on top of it? If so, it could at least hide a lot of that cruft for you.

      • The NOT NULL is not as annoying as the everything is padded with spaces in the fields. So if the field is 10 characters and the data is 3, they tack on 7 spaces to make it fit. That is freaking annoying as hell.

        They have crashed the "ferrari". What a waste.