August 2012

Please vote on this survey if you agree to Firebird to become more popular in Php/Python world and to be added to the XAMPP package


New stable version is out and it includes support for the new Firebird driver fdb 

Here is how the patch was done also a simple DAL example is attached

Here is the release announcement with many DAL improvements

The Lazarus team is glad to announce the release of:

Lazarus 1.0

At this important stage the current team would like to thank all the past and current people who were involved in getting us here.
* Thanks also go to the FPC team for providing the compiler that makes it all possible.
* Special thanks go to the founders of the project who started Lazarus more than a decade ago in 1999: Cliff Baeseman, Shane Miller and Michael A. Hess.
* A history of developers involved can be found in wiki History page . And a list of the many contributors comes with the distribution.

The release is available for download at the SourceForge download page:

Choose your CPU, OS, distro and then the “Lazarus 1.0” directory.

Hello All,

Firebird Conference 2012 will take place October 26-27, in Luxembourg. Please plan your journey to the main Firebird event of the year!

Now we are calling for papers – please send talks’ proposals to if you’d like to present there.

Current sponsors are Sita Software, IBPhoenix and IBSurgeon, other sponsors are very welcome.

Alexey Kovyazin
IBSurgeon (

It is known that massive write operations in Firebird databases (like updates affecting thousands or millions of records) had become much slower in more recent Linux servers. After investigation, I found this to be related with the fact that most recent distros brings the barrier parameter of the filesystem activated.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to solve this “problem” completely, without opening a door for corruption. The slow down when barrier is enabled can be minimized a lot if the database is configured with forced writes OFF, but this also may lead into corruption if something bad happens to the server.

Anyway, the purpose of this post is to share an article that helps to understand how barrier works and why it slow down such kind of operations.

The Lazarus team is glad to announce that Lazarus 1.0RC2 is available for download at the SourceForge download page:

Choose your CPU / OS / distro and then the 1.0RC2 directory.

Minimum requirements:
Windows:       98, 2k, XP, Vista, 7, 32 or 64bit
FreeBSD/Linux: gtk 2.8 or qt4.5, 32 or 64bit
Mac OS X:      10.4, LCL only 32bit, non LCL apps can be 64bit

This release has been built with fpc 2.6.0 (the former release was
built with that too).

The svn tag is

The list of changes:

Firebird PHP Generator SQL Maestro Group announces the release of Firebird PHP Generator 12.8, a frontend to generate feature-rich CRUD web applications for your Firebird database. The software comes in both Freeware and Professional editions.

New release provides you with a lot of features to create perfect web applications including an ability to completely customize the appearance of web pages, enhanced master-detail views, wide choice of new color schemes, and many other useful things. There are also versions for other DBMS (MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite, Oracle, etc).

Read full press-release.

Maximiliano Robaina wrote on the firebird django group some words and questions about the future of the driver :

My ideas for future organization are:

  1. Update de google repository with the last django-firebird version with support for django 1.4. It will be the last update in this sense.
  2. From here, the next oficial repository will be at github
  3. The version on github will use fdb in place of kinterbasdb

The point 3 is the most important to discuss because it means the total drop of firebird 1.5.x support.

I have added to the group the notes for installing django 1.4.x firebird driver on ubuntu

ps: bonus for using the FDB driver is python 3.x support out of the box , that means we can start testing django 1.5 on python 3.x

The news is on slashdot Mysql is becoming slowly a closed source product.
This is the time and opportunity for firebird to grow and to become more well known , We knew from the past articles that Mysql decline will happen but it will take years (Old bad habits die hard)

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