June 2010

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 29, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — IDEMA (The International Disk Drive Equipment and Materials Association) today announced the launch of the “Are You Ready?” campaign, an effort to raise awareness in the computer industry about the advances and advantages of long data sectors. IDEMA is the data-storage industry’s trade association dedicated to driving technology standards that support the advancement of data storage. The campaign focuses on helping the computer industry prepare for the transition of hard disk drive (HDD) processing from the historical sector lengths of 512 to 520 byte increments, to increments of 4,096 bytes per sector using a technology referred to as Advanced Format. IDEMA is joined by major hard disk drive manufacturers in the launch and support of the “Are You Ready?” effort.

Read full history here.

Michael posted new Flamerobin snapshots and announced on the devel list

I have posted new FlameRobin snapshots, SVN revision 1917, for Windows
32 and 64 bit, both installers and ZIP files.


dbExpress Driver for Firebird version 26 has released.  Here are the

4.1.2007.26 / 4.1.2009.26 / 4.1.2010.26 Release on 23 Jun 2010

1. Fixed retrieve SQL View names if TSQLConnection.TableScope include tsView when invoke TSQLConnection.GetTableNames

Best Regards,
Chau, Chee-Yang

Morning all,

I’ve uploaded a couple of new documents to the document area. Unfortunately, due to a few problems with VPN timing out over the weekend, I’ve not been able to get the front page updated. I will do soon and the links will be visible.

How the cache works in Firebird:

pdf: http://www.firebirdsql.org/pdfmanual/Firebird-cache.pdf
html: http://www.firebirdsql.org/manual/fbcache.html

That is based on information Ann supplied here on the list a while back. She has permitted me to document it and make a manual out of it.

Firebird Internals:

pdf: http://www.firebirdsql.org/pdfmanual/Firebird-Internals.pdf
html: Not uploaded yet – VPN problems.

A work in progress and as yet fairly incomplete. It will be improved as and when I can. Comments & corrections gratefully received!




dbExpress Driver for Firebird version 24 has released.  Here are the

4.1.2007.25 / 4.1.2009.25 / 4.1.2010.25 Release on 16 Jun 2010

1. Add data type coercion for bytes array to CHAR and VARCHAR

Best Regards,
Chau, Chee-Yang

Dear All,

Stored procedures contest is over!
We had 12 submissions for the contest and have chosen 3 winners.

Winners are:

  1. Set of mathematical operations implemented in pure Firebird SQL,
    by pizmon (muirsheendur@gmail.com)
    Download www.mindthebird.com/MathematicOperation.pdf
  2. XML File creation using Firebird in stored procedures, by Fernando
    Download www.mindthebird.com/ToCreateXML.pdf
  3. SP_ESCAPE and SP_UNESCAPE stored procedures: generate text with
    line feeds, carriage returns, quotes and tabs in Firebird sql scripts,
    by Fabiano Bonin.
    Download www.mindthebird.com/SP_ESCAPE.pdf

Each winner can choose one of the following licenses from MindTheBird  sponsors:

Some fixes for known problems will be commited next week. After that it will be submitted to QA tests, so probably we will have RC3 released at end of June.

Quick review of database searches today reveals Firebird is the 5th most popular: http://www.citrustechnology.com/blog/database-market-share

Upscene Productions is proud to release Database Workbench 4.0.2 Pro, a small maintenance release to the recent new major release of the multi-DBMS database developer tool Database Workbench 4, download a trial version here.

As of today, the free Lite Editions for version 4 have been released, these are stripped down editions of Database Workbench Pro and you can download and use these for free.

The Lite Editions support either of the following:

  • MySQL
  • Firebird
  • InterBase

Since version 4, they are fully Unicode enabled.

The Pro Edition supports one or more of the following:

  • MySQL
  • Firebird
  • InterBase
  • Oracle
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Sybase SQL Anywhere
  • NexusDB

Pricing information can be found here.

The Brazilian Firebird Developers Day will happen in 17/July, in Piracicaba-SP, Brazil. We still have more than 1 month for the conference, but already got more than 50% of the seats filled! Hurry up and don’t miss the chance to participate in this great conference!

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