Brandon presented some basics of Catalyst development and the DBIx::Class (DBIC) module.

DBIx::Class provides an OO abstraction over a SQL RDBMS. All data is accessed in a resultset abstraction. Transactions are supported. The library even handles retries if the server ever goes down.

Catalyst is a webapp framework for Perl. It follows the MVC pattern. The framework supports plugins that extend what the framework does for you.

Brandon mentioned several resources that are worth checking out if you are interested in developing with Catalyst:

The talk itself is available as a XUL slideshow (Firefox only.)