Fast, safe DBI connection management
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DBIx/Connection version 0.57

DBIx::Connector provides a simple interface for fast and safe DBI connection and transaction management. Connecting to a database can be expensive; you don't want your application to re-connect every time you need to run a query. The efficient thing to do is to hang on to a database handle to maintain a connection to the database in order to minimize that overhead. DBIx::Connector lets you do that without having to worry about dropped or corrupted connections.

You might be familiar with Apache::DBI and with the DBI's connect_cached() constructor. DBIx::Connector serves a similar need, but does a much better job. How is it different? I'm glad you asked!

  • Fork Safety

    Like Apache::DBI, but unlike connect_cached(), DBIx::Connector will return a new database handle if a new process has been forked. This happens all the time under mod_perl, in POE applications, and elsewhere.

  • Thread Safety

    Unlike Apache::DBI or connect_cached(), DBIx::Connector will return a new database handle if a new thread has been spawned. As with forking, spawning a new thread can break database connections.

  • Works Anywhere

    Unlike Apache::DBI, DBIx::Connector runs anywhere -- inside of mod_perl or not. Why limit yourself?

  • Explicit Interface

    DBIx::Connector has an explicit interface. There is none of the magical action-at-a-distance crap that Apache::DBI is guilty of, and no global caching. I've personally diagnosed a few issues with Apache::DBI's magic, and killed it off in two different applications in favor of connect_cached(), only to be tripped up by other gotchas. No more.

  • Optimistic Execution

    If you use run() and txn(), the database handle will be passed without first pinging the server. For the 99% or more of the time when the database is just there, you'll save a ton of overhead without the ping.

DBIx::Connector's other feature is transaction management. Borrowing from DBIx::Class, DBIx::Connector offers an interface that efficiently handles the scoping of database transactions so that you needn't worry about managing the transaction yourself. Even better, it offers an interface for savepoints if your database supports them. Within a transaction, you can scope savepoints to behave like subtransactions, so that you can save some of your work in a transaction even if some of it fails.


Build Status

To install this module, type the following:

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


DBIx::Connection requires DBI 1.605 or higher.

Copyright and License

Copyright (c) 2009-2013 David E. Wheeler. Some Rights Reserved.

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