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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 http://www.firebirdsql.org/en/member-to-member-offers/.

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

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!

With the impending implementation of Firebird as a backend for LibreOffice Base, to replace HSQLDB, I re-ran the tests of converging and cyclic cascades that were previously carried out for other databases.

These tests were carried out using Firebird 2.5 running on Ubuntu Server 12.04.2


Many developers think that transactions are straightforward and easy thing to understand and use, so probably there is no reason to devote 1 day seminar to discover transactions mechanism in Firebird in great details. Is it so?
Here I offer 3 simple questions about transactions which every Firebird developer should answer. Please take a look and choose the correct answer

Ștefan Suciu announced his work on Implementing support for Firebird in Sqitch :

I’m workingto implement support for Firebird (in the firebird branch) in Sqitch – a database change management application.

Contributions are welcome! on Github

New GSOC update for the previous week with
current status of the firebird-sdbc driver :

Progress this week:
- Some dbexception cleanup.
- Fixed ColumnLocate::findColumn implementations (for all 
  db drivers) and api definition.
- Fixed index rebuilding.
- Tried to experiment with different ICU versions, but haven't 
  managed to actually produce any errors when switching ICU 
- Fixed formatting of integers as a currency, integers now
  show as a number and not currency by default.
- Fixed segfault when setting Null as first value in 
- Reintroduce statement specific Mutexes (instead of a
  connection-wide Mutex).
- Implemented simple firebird unit tests to see that we can 
  really transfer a .fdb between machines with different 
- Some generic cleanups.
- Tried to create a hsqldb cppunit-test.

New GSOC update for the previous week with
current status of the firebird-sdbc driver :
Progress this week:
– Made libatomic-ops buildable meaning that we should now be able to build embedded firebird on non-X86 systems too
– Added rebuilding of indices to deal with the icu collation issues.
– Implemented a simple .odb loading test (in gerrit atm.) that also
tests that the embedded firebird .fdb can be connected to.
– Implemented Index retrieval and dropping
– More fixes to do with the firebird temporary and lock directories
– Some coverity fixes
– Started working on foreign key retrieval

Code commits can be reviewed in the LibreOffice git repository

NBackup via Services API is landed in DotNet FirebirdClient

New GSOC update for the previous week:
Current status of the firebird-sdbc driver is:

– (Var)Char, Numeric and Date/Time types all supported. (No support for blob/clob/array/etc. yet.)
– Data Editing in the GUI works.
– Data Insertion works.
– Table and Column definition/manipulation is mostly complete, there might still be a few minor-to-major issues, indexes aren’t supported at all.
– Usable on Linux, Mac, Windows (thanks to tml for fixing the fbembed
library / loading on Mac).

ps: you can check also the previous updates #11,#10,#9

New GSOC update for the previous week


It’s now possible to select the driver to use for embedded databases within Base thanks to the new selector

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