The 14th Firebird Developers Day was held in the city of Piracicaba — SP — Brazil, in July, 29 2017, at Espaço Beira Rio. The conference is organized by FireBase, and had the presence of 300 attendees coming from dozens of cities and different states of Brazil.
The report (in English and Portuguese) with photos is now online.
As always, the Brazilian Firebird Developers Day bring people from several states of Brazil. Some people are travelling thousands of km to be part of the biggest Firebird conference in the world!
Jaybird 3.0.1 contains the following fixes and changes:
FBTraceManager.loadConfigurationFromFilestrips line breaks (JDBC-493)
FBDatabaseMetaData.getTablesdoes not list tables where
- Improvement: Character sets are now initialized lazily (JDBC-495)
- Fixed: Memory leak caused by retaining blob handles until connection close (JDBC-497)
Free software is suffering because coders don’t know how to write documentation
Interesting article (read it here). As much important as the “source code documentation” is the documentation for the users. Firebird suffered from the lack of official documentation for a long time. This is being fixed, and you can help right now, contributing to the newest doc crowdfunding from the Project.
Sorry, this is just for Brazilians…
O site do 14º Firebird Developers Day está no ar, e as inscrições estão abertas! A grade de palestras está quase completa, e pode ser vista diretamente no site. Lembrando que o valor da inscrição aumenta com a proximidade do evento, então inscreva-se o quanto antes e economize!
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.
Disponível também em Português.
Firebird 3 was released almost a year ago and it has already got two minor releases. But there is still no official packages for MacOS. So this post is about my humble attempt to build it on MacOs from source code. Most of the instructions are taken from Paul Beach’s Firebird Devel list post or from his blog.
Read full article here.
We are happy to announce the release of Jaybird 3.0.0.
Jaybird 3.0 is a big change from Jaybird 2.2 and earlier. The entire low-level implementation has been rewritten to be able to support protocol improvements in newer Firebird versions. We have also made changes with a stricter interpretation of the JDBC requirements, and removed some parts that were either obsolete or not functioning correctly.
Most notable changes in Jaybird 3:
- Support for wire protocol versions 11, 12, and 13 (without support for encryption and compression); protocol version 13 contributed by Hajime Nakagami
- Support for the Firebird 3 SRP (Secure Remote Password) authentication mechanism (contributed by Hajime Nakagami)
- Support for streaming backup and restore (contributed by Ivan Arabadzhiev)
- Improved Firebird 3 support
- Improved and stricter JDBC support (including improved
java.timesupport, and more optional methods implemented)
- Initial JDBC 4.3 (Java 9) support (without real module support)
- New implementation of the native/embedded Type 2 driver using JNA (a jaybird
.sois no longer needed)
- Improved character set handling
- Removal of (buggy) connection pool implementation
- Removal/replacement of (internal) GDS API
And a large number of smaller bug fixes, improvements, and changes.
We recommend that you do not consider Jaybird 3.0 a drop-in replacement for Jaybird 2.2, and study the release notes carefully. Test your application with Jaybird 3.0 before using it in production.
Jaybird 3.0 supports Firebird 2.0 and higher, on Java 7, 8 and 9. Basic Java 9 compatibility is provided through the Java 8 version of the driver.
Goal: Translate & Publish Firebird Developer Guide
During 2015-2016 IBSurgeon and the Moscow Exchange sponsored the authoring, in Russian, of step-by-step examples for newbie Firebird developers, with databases in 2.5 and 3.0 format. The work included full source code and parallel examples in Delphi, .Net desktop, .Net MVC, PHP (based on Laravel) and Java (Jaybird 2.x). The main work was done by Denis Simonov, who previously edited the Russian version of the Firebird 2.5 Language Reference that was translated into English and published last year.
The Firebird Project’s 2017 project is to translate this work into English, edit and review it and publish it as the Firebird Developer Guide in the project’s documentation library. For this project, as ever, we need funding. This is your opportunity to make it happen, by contributing whatever you can to our crowdfunding campaign.
To donate, go to here and click the donate button.