July 2010


ReportsMaestro builds highly customizable, real-time charts and reports for Firebird databases in just a few minutes. Select from multiple chart and report types and create and share your own interactive dashboards on the web.

Features include:

  • Installs on any ASP or PHP-enabled web server
  • Generates reports based on a table or query
  • Generates multi-table reports
  • Unlimited number of reports of charts
  • Manage users and user access permissions
  • Private/public charts and reports
  • Ability to export report data to Word and Excel
  • Multiple grouping levels and intervals
  • Multiple report layouts and chart types
  • Supports custom headers and footers
  • Includes visual report style editor – customize your reports
  • Print/export current or all pages
  • Takes five minutes to install on your server

More info: http://www.reportsmaestro.com

Online demo: http://www.reportsmaestro.com/demo

Here is howto investigate the firebird network traffic with the help of two linux tools strace and tcpdump

From IBSurgeon blog:

7th Firebird Developers Days: Visit IBSurgeon’s presentations

17th of July, Piracicaba, Brazil: The 7th Firebird Developers Day will take place in the UNIMEP university theatre. This is undoubtedly the biggest worlwide event devoted to Firebird – more that 600 people, dozen of speakers and lot of interest.
As you may knows, Brazil is the N1 country in terms of number of Firebird users (following with Germany, Russia and USA), and Firebird is the number 1 database in Brazil too.
This will be 4th time IBSurgeon sponsors and presents at FDD. This year Dmitry Kuzmenko will speak about big Firebird databases (you may remember that recently we did test with 1Terabyte Firebird database) and about speed of test restores.
Also at this event IBSurgeon will announce some serious changes in licensing policy, intended to encourage people to treat Firebird databases in more careful way.
We will follow the results of conference and post updates here.

Scott Guthrie recently posted article about New Embedded Database Support with ASP.NET. This made me think about other options, Firebird in particular, and advantages and disadvantages. What I’m going to do is to introduce Firebird Embedded here and compare with features Scott wrote.

Read full post at Jiri Cincura blog.

Database Master 2.0 for FireBird has been released. The new version  includes new great featureas, enhancements and some bug fixes.  Database Master also supports Oracle, SQLServer, MySQL, PostgreSQL,  SQLite, MongoDB, XML File, ODBC and OleDB connections.

What is new:

  • MongoDB support: Open Source and Document based database system is  supported now.
  • XML File support: You can add an Xml file as a relational database  and execute SQL queries.
  • Search Engine: You can search any data in your database without  writing any SQL query.
  • New reporting system is implemented.
  • XML Import: You can import your xml file into a database table.
  • New Export File Formats: Word 2007, Excel 2007, OpenOffice, PNG,  XPS, RTF, dBase formats are supported now.
  • Code Factory: You can genarate (C#,Java etc.) code from your database.
  • SQL Script Export: You can export View and Procedure structure now.
  • Templates and Snippets: Database Master supports now SQL tempaltes  and snippets.
AnySQL Maestro SQL Maestro Group announces the release of AnySQL Maestro 10.7, a powerful tool to manage any database engine accessible via ODBC driver or OLE DB provider (Access, SQL Server, Firebird, Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL, etc).

    This version features database profile management extensions, updated Script Runner, improved Data Analysis and Data Import tools, and some other useful things.

      AnySQL Maestro 10.7 has been successfully tested with Firebird ODBC drivers 1.xy and 2.0 RC1 and all the latest Firebird server versions up to 2.1.3 and 2.5 RC 2.

      I was working today, building a procedure to populate some tables and do some data updates and deletes, for speed testing for one of my FDD sessions.

      I decided to use the built-in rand() function of Firebird 2.x in the where clause of updates and deletes, but found out that the execution time was tooking too long to complete. Looking at statistics, it showed weird numbers for Indexed Reads, like, the updates of 5 records generating 80.000 indexed reads in the Primary Key index.

      After some debugging, I just found out that rand() was the guilt! I moved it outside the update/delete statement, storing the result in a variable, and using the variable in the where clause. It worked million times faster!

      So, moral of history: Don’t use rand() in the where clause of updates and deletes statements. And yep, I know this is quite unusual use ;-)

      The Firebird project is pleased to announce the release of Firebird 2.0.6. This maintenance release fixes many registered bugs and also offers a few improvements.

      Release notes:
      http://www.firebirdsql.org/rlsnotesh/rlsnotes20.html

      Download kits:
      http://www.firebirdsql.org/index.php?op=files&id=engine_206

      Dmitry

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