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On October 24-25, 2014 in Prague, we hosted an international conference of Firebird. Attended by 110 participants, 18 speakers presented 23 interesting presentations.

The conference was open with core developers of Firebird Dmitry Emanov and Vlad Khorsun, with reports about new features of Firebird 3, which is preparing to release in early 2015, and Firebird 4 (2016). The most important news is the reduction of a release cycle, and focus on the fault tolerance and performance.

This year’s conference received a strong Russian presence in addition to core developers from Russia were Pavel Zotov (Firebird QA) with a presentation about a realistic test of highly databases Firebird, Roman Simakov, a leading developer Red Database (commercial version of Firebird with certification for the Russian state organizations ) and Alexey and Dmitry Kuzmenko Kovyazin of ( IBSurgeon ).

In addition, 2 platinum and 1 silver sponsor was from Russia – Moscow Exchange, iBase (IBSurgeon) and RedSoft respectively.
Of course, in addition to Russian, were speakers from the USA, Brazil, UK, France, Netherlands and other countries.

Special guests, speakers at the conference were Ann Harrison and Jim Starkey. Jim Starkey is known for being the original developer of InterBase (back in the 80s), and architect solutions such as Falcon (MySQL), NuoDB, Netfrastructure and AmorphousDB.

Firebird driver developers, Jiri Cincura and Mark Rotteveel, spoke about Firebird.NET and Java. The second talk of Mark’s was about Java and jOOq was also supported by Lucas Eder, original creator of jOOq.

You can download all the presentations from the conference as a single archive:
or view them separately (along with some selected photos from the conference):

Original article

The Firebird Foundation (FF) is the organization behind Firebird that actually pays for the salaries of the core developers. FF gets its money from associations, donations and sponsorship. Anyone can become a member of the FF (USD 50/year for non voting member, and USD 300/year for voting member) and every member of the FF are eligible for special discounts from several partners, like IBSurgeon, FastReports, Upscene, etc. A list of companies offering special discounts to the FF members can be seen at

So, what are you waiting for? Enjoy your discount, and if you are not still a FF member, apply for your membership now!

Firebird is listed in the “100 Open Source Replacements for Expensive Applications” article:

31. Firebird

Replaces Microsoft SQL Server Standard ($899 and up)

Under development for more than three decades, Firebird is a relational database that boasts “excellent concurrency, high performance, and powerful language support for stored procedures and triggers.” Paid support is available through third-party providers. Operating System: Windows, Linux, Unix, OS X, Solaris

This mostly bugfix version introduces a backward incompatible change to events API, so read the Release Notes before deployment.


IBSurgeon is glad to announce the general availability of FBMonLogger 1.5.

IBSurgeon FBMonLogger is a tool to analyse monitoring tables output in Firebird and find problems with slow SQL queries, wrongly designed transactions (long-running transactions, transactions with incorrect isolation level, etc) and identify problematic applications. 

More details about FBMonLogger:

FBMonLogger is included into IBSurgeon Optimization Pack, the best toolset to resolve all types of performance problems with Firebird.

IPv6 support is now landed in firebird trunk , please test ipv6 support from Firebird 3.x snapshots for Linux and Windows.
Thanks to Michal Kubecek for his contribution

You can read Developers reports from previous months (until September/October)

ps:I didn’t remember to be posted here on FirebirdNews .
You can view also the presentation/reports from Firebird conference

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Bitnami is a library of popular server applications and development environments that can be installed with one click, either in your laptop, in a virtual machine or hosted in the cloud. We take care of compiling and configuring the applications and all of their dependencies (third-party libraries, language runtimes, databases) so they work out-of-the-box. The resulting packaged software (a ‘stack’) is then made available as native installers, virtual machines and cloud images. These Bitnami application packages provide a consistent, secure and optimized end-user experience when deploying any app, on any platform.

If you want to see Firebirs supported in the Bitnami library, vote now direct in their site!

GoLang firebird driver suports firebird wire protocol 11 (implemented in firebird 2.1)

More info via nakagami’s blog

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