database

I have a perl cgi guestbook in my site, now I want to use database to save the data .
but I never use database before,
how to use it? with perl-cgi? and what database software?

any simple source?
any simple reference?
mwhuenAsked:
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ozoCommented:
perldoc AnyDBM_File
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loumfCommented:
use Perl's DBI library.  The best source for all things Perl is http://www.cpan.org.  DBI info can be found at http://search.cpan.org/search?module=DBI

You will need to download the DBD for the database you are using.  If you are not using one already and need a free, good one, download mySql.
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mwhuenAuthor Commented:
What is the difference of using
DBM and DBI?
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makerpCommented:
DBI is for accessing databases such as oracle, access etc whereas dbm is a simple database managment facilitie for UNIX. if you are using unix and you only have a simple relational model then this might be for you. but if you want to take the advantages of sql etc them dbi is the awnswer. dbi is simply a framework module, you actually get dbd specific drivers for the database you want to talk to. i just answered a question about DBD and put a example of dbd in it, have a look its in the locked questions bit.
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