Newly Released Stuff: Perl Driver, Python Tools and Berkeley DB 5.1

In the "new releases" department, John Scoles from the Pythian Group has just released Perl DBD::Oracle 1.25. This version has Oracle Database Resident Connection pooling support, a feature which the DBD::Oracle community has shown interest in. John wanted to get the release made so any issues could be quickly bedded down. I've sent him a couple of things I noticed, so please test now.

Also on my new release radar is Berkeley DB 11.2.5.1.19 (note the cunning renumbering from "5.1") which has some significant improvements over 5.0, including some changes that benefit the SQLite-like API. Gregory Burd from Oracle has a good blog post describing the new release. One quote from his post is the comment "We believe that Berkeley DB has pulled into the lead ahead of SQLite and other competition in the embedded/mobile/edge SQL database race". A while back Johannes Schl├╝ter (now also of Oracle) showed how BDB 5.0 could easily be used in PHP in place of the default SQLite implementation.

A few weeks ago Anthony Tuininga (who looks after the cx_Oracle driver for Python) released version 8.0 of his Python cx_OracleTools tools project. His release descibes the tools set:

cx_OracleTools is a set of Python scripts that handle Oracle database development tasks in a cross platform manner and improve (in my opinion) on the tools that are available by default in an Oracle client installation. Those who use cx_Oracle may also be interested in this project, if only as sample code.

Nice work everyone!

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