This pure Java-based package, developed by Dr. Mark Taylor at Bristol University, United Kingdom, provides the read access to CDF files. With this package, there is no need to install the CDF distribution any more if you just want to read the CDF files.
This Perl script is written by Dr. Joshua Shaffer at the Drexel University. It enumerates all the attributes in a given relation, creates the corresponding CDF structure, and dumps the MySQL data into the CDF file. It uses Perl DBI, but it can be adapted to work with other DBD drivers.