Like any open source project, this one is driven by folks contributing what they think is useful, and have the time and skill to develop.
eg. I think they accept patches. :)
FWIW, the DBD::Oracle module has been significantly cleaned up since Pythian started maintaining it.
The compiles are cleaner, and the tests work more consistently.
Pythian group has recently taken over the maintenance of DBD::Oracle, the principal means of connecting to Oracle from Perl. This driver has some weak points and shortcomings which are severely restricting its use and drastically decreasing its usefulness. I consider those shortcoming to be the following:
1) Lack of support for array interface. 2) Lack of support for direct loading. 3) Inability to map collective types (VARRAY and PL/SQL tables) and, therefore, to support bulk selects. 4) Lack of support for transparent application fail-over.
As I've said before, Pythian Group took over maintenance. I have one question:
Do you plan to address any of those weaknesses and if you do, can you give any timetable? There are many interesting articles on your website, but none about DBD::Oracle. I've already asked that question, but received no response. Please, can you be so kind and inform poor users like me about the future of DBD::Oracle?
-- Mladen Gogala http://www.mgogala.com
-- Jared Still Certifiable Oracle DBA and Part Time Perl Evangelist