Perl module to report on and update an SQLite database.
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NAME

SQLite::Work - report on and update an SQLite database.

SYNOPSIS

use SQLite::Work;

my $rep = SQLite::Work->new(%new_args);

if ($rep->do_connect())
{
        if ($simple_report)
        {
            $rep->do_report(%report_args);
        }
        elsif ($multi_page_report)
        {
            $rep->do_multi_page_report(%report_args);
        }
        elsif ($split_report)
        {
            $rep->do_split_report(%report_args);
        }
        $rep->do_disconnect();
}

DESCRIPTION

SQLite::Work is a perl module for interfacing with an SQLite database. It can be used to:

  • generate nice HTML (and non-HTML) reports, which

    • have nested headers

    • have grouped data which clusters under the headers

    • can be sorted on multiple columns

    • can be customized with templates (both headers and body) which include some simple formatting for column values, for example:

      simple HTMLize
      titles (Title,The becomes The Title)
      names (Nurk,Fred becomes Fred Nurk)
      month names
      truncation

      (see Text::NeatTemplate)

    • one can select the columns and their order even if one isn't using templates

    • default templates can be selected which present the data in tables, in paragraphs (Column:Value) or in lists.

    • can be split into multiple HTML pages, with automatic index-page generation; the split can be on the values of a given column, and/or by number of rows

  • use a generic search CGI script ("show.cgi" using SQLite::Work::CGI) which

    • can search on all the fields in a table without having to hardcode the column names (it just gets them from the table information)

    • uses most of the power of the report engine to give nice search results

  • update the database with a CGI script ("edit.cgi" using SQLite::Work::CGI)

  • be able to mail reports to general addresses (such as a mailing list) or to specific addresses (such as sending notifications to individuals whose address is in the database). (using the sqlw_mail script)

This generates HTML (and non-HTML) reports from an SQLite database, taking care of the query-building and the report formatting. This also has methods for adding and updating the database.

The SQLite::Work::CGI module has extra methods which deal with CGI using the CGI module; the included "show.cgi" and "edit.cgi" are demonstration CGI scripts which use the SQLite::Work::CGI module. There is also the "show.epl" demonstration Embperl script which has the necessary alterations for using this with Embperl.

The sqlreport script uses SQLite::Work to generate reports from the command-line.

The sqlw_mail script uses SQLite::Work::Mail to email reports.

Limitations

This only deals with single tables and views, and simple one-field, two-table joins. More complex joins should be dealt with by making a view.

This only deals with one database at a time.

REQUIRES

DBI
DBD::SQLite
POSIX

Test::More

The CGI module requires:

CGI

Scripts require:

Getopt::Long
Pod::Usage
Getopt::ArgvFile

INSTALLATION

To install this module, run the following commands:

perl Build.PL
./Build
./Build test
./Build install

Or, if you're on a platform (like DOS or Windows) that doesn't like the "./" notation, you can do this:

perl Build.PL
perl Build
perl Build test
perl Build install

In order to install somewhere other than the default, such as in a directory under your home directory, like "/home/fred/perl" go

perl Build.PL --install_base /home/fred/perl

as the first step instead.

This will install the files underneath /home/fred/perl.

You will then need to make sure that you alter the PERL5LIB variable to find the modules, and the PATH variable to find the script.

Therefore you will need to change: your path, to include /home/fred/perl/script (where the script will be)

PATH=/home/fred/perl/script:${PATH}

the PERL5LIB variable to add /home/fred/perl/lib

PERL5LIB=/home/fred/perl/lib:${PERL5LIB}

SEE ALSO

perl(1). DBI DBD::SQLite

BUGS

Please report any bugs or feature requests to the author.

AUTHOR

Kathryn Andersen (RUBYKAT)
perlkat AT katspace dot com
http://www.katspace.com

COPYRIGHT AND LICENCE

Copyright (c) 2005 by Kathryn Andersen

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.