I keep writing code to talk to databases in perl and I’m forever
forgetting the correct runes for talking to databases, so I thought I’d
stick it here for easy reference.

use DBI;

my $db_driver = "Pg" # Pg or mysql (or others)
my $db_name = "database";
my $db_host = "localhost";
my $db_user = "username";
my $db_pass = "password";

my $dbh = DBI->connect("dbi:$db_driver:dbname=$db_name;host=$db_host",
   $db_user, $db_pass);

It’s probably handy to give an example of a common database read

my $sth = $dbh->prepare( "SELECT * FROM table WHERE id  = ?")
      or die $dbh->errstr;

$sth->execute($id) or die $dbh->errstr;

while (my $hashref = $sth->fetchrow_hashref) {
   print $hashref->{id};