SageMusings has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Enlightened bodhisatvas,
I beg to interrupt your meditations with my unworthy question. I have gathered from conversations I have read on this site and others that ODBC is deprecated in favor of DBI. Is this true? If so, why? I have written many scripts using the ODBC interface on NT machines with great success. As I have no knowledge of DBI yet, I thought I could find out if it was worthwhile for me to learn. Can DBI interface to an Access DB on an NT mcahine? Should I retrofit my programs?
Many thanks, O' clear thinkers....