Firebird x InterBase

Historical overview

InterBase was created in 1985: it was the first commercial multi-versioning database. In the end of 1999, Borland decided to close InterBase development and published its source codes under InterBase Public License. This code was copied (it is permitted by the license), and Firebird was born – from the version 1.0 Firebird is a production-ready database, based on previous decades of InterBase development.

At the end of 2000, Borland turned back to the closed source and commercial licenses (exactly as it was earlier) with InterBase and started development of 6.5.

Firebird 1.0 was released in 2002, with many bugfixes and extensions of DDL and DML. The active Firebird development continued after 1.0, and in 2004 the second major version of Firebird (v.1.5) was released. Borland at that time also has introduced new versions (7.0 and 7.1). Firebird 1.5 and InterBase 7.0 was incompatible both by database format (ODS) and core functionality. The migration from InterBase to Firebird and back with backup/restore is impossible since Firebird 2.0 and InterBase 7.0.

Since then, the difference between Firebird and InterBase became bigger.

Check the full article from IBSurgeon, and see the currently diferences between Interbase and Firebird.

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IBProvider 3.18. Better support of MSSQL. Changeover to the new VS 2012 compiler

We are pleased to announce the new release of our OLEDB Provider: version 3.18.

Now in your projects for Firebird and Interbase you can more comfortable work with Linked Server of MSSQL 2012. Hurrah!

In new release:

  • Improved performance of the provider as a linked MSSQL server.
  • Provider compilation with Visual Studio 2012.

Plus:

You can download IBProvider here: Firebird and Interbase driver >>>

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Release candidate of .Net Provider for OleDb

Firebird driver become faster We are pleased to announce the release candidate of our .NET Provider for OleDb.

Now you can use 200% of the ADO.Net power in your projects for Firebird and Interbase:

  1. Read sets via OleDbDataReader and change them simultaneously (MARS technology).
  2. Use nested transactions, savepoints and distributed transactions within the TransactionScope.
  3. Execute several select, update and insert queries with parameters(!) within only one command OleDbCommand.
  4. Work with absolutely all types of data, including arrays and even Interbase Guid.
  5. And yes, now after you have set the command text you don’t need to manually add parameters to the query. Everything is done automatically and on the fly.

You can download ibprovider here: Firebird OleDb driver >>>

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#AnyDAC Summer 2012 v 6.0.1 – #Delphi Components for Firebird, Interbase and more

DA-SOFT Technologies announces the availability of major new version AnyDAC for Delphi Summer 2012 release v 6.0.1 – high-speed, Universal Data Access Components for Firebird, Interbase, SQLite, MySQL, MS SQL Server, Oracle, PostgreSQL, MS Access, IBM DB2, Sybase SQL Anywhere, Informix, Advantage, dbExpress, ODBC, that simplifies the task of building Embarcadero Delphi, C++Builder and Free Pascal Compiler database applications.

Do not miss the Summer sale25% discount on all AnyDAC orders in August !

AnyDAC for Delphi can be immediately downloaded from the download page.

What is new in v6.0.1 and what is AnyDAC ?

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#AnyDAC Spring 2012 v 5.0.7 – #Delphi Components for Firebird, Interbase and more

DA-SOFT Technologies announces the availability of AnyDAC for Delphi Spring 2012 release v 5.0.7.2333 – high-speed, Universal Data Access Components for Firebird, Interbase, SQLite, MySQL, MS SQL Server, Oracle, PostgreSQL, MS Access, IBM DB2, Sybase SQL Anywhere, Informix, Advantage, dbExpress, ODBC, that simplifies the task of building Embarcadero Delphi, C++Builder and Free Pascal Compiler database applications.

AnyDAC for Delphi can be immediately downloaded from the download page.

What is new in v5.0.7 and what is AnyDAC ?

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#AnyDAC Summer 2011 v 5.0.1 – #Delphi Components for Firebird, Interbase and more

DA-SOFT Technologies announces the availability of AnyDAC for Delphi Summer 2011 release v 5.0.1.1845 – high-speed, Universal Data Access Components for Firebird, Interbase, SQLite, MySQL, MS SQL Server, Oracle, PostgreSQL, MS Access, IBM DB2, Sybase SQL Anywhere, Informix, Advantage, DbExpress, ODBC, that simplifies the task of building Embarcadero Delphi, C++Builder and Free Pascal Compiler database applications.

AnyDAC for Delphi can be immediately downloaded from the download page.

What is new in v5.0.1 and what is AnyDAC ?

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Interbase 6.0 Language Reference in html/xml format

I did some experiments with pdftohtml and here are some results

http://firebirdsql.ro/images/LANGREF.html
http://firebirdsql.ro/images/LANGREF.xml

And here are the steps i have made to reach that point
http://mapopa.blogspot.com/2010/05/transforming-old-interbase-60-docs-from.html

So in theory in the future somewhere i can see a page with all the Language Reference on one single page maybe with interbase 6.0 text in another color (green) so it will represent that is not under a open source license

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EMS SQL Manager for InterBase/Firebird version 5.2 released

EMS SQL Manager for IB/FB

EMS Database Management Solutions is pleased to announce the new version of SQL Manager for InterBase/Firebird – the powerful tool for InterBase/Firebird database administration and development.

EMS SQL Manager for InterBase/Firebird is available and can be downloaded from the download page.

What’s new in SQL Manager for InterBase/Firebird 5.2?

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FirebirdClient and InterBase – Short Answer NO is not supported

Jiri is getting more and more support request from people who try to connect to Interbase ! with Firebird .net client.The short answer is that Firebird driver is for Firebird database only and we can’t support Interbase too

Wondering what changed on Earth in last, say, four weeks. I’m getting more than average (read: more than zero) emails, asking whether FirebirdClient works with InterBase. Similarly in mailing list.

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