New FireBase responsive site

This is only for Portuguese speakers:

O novo site da FireBase entrou no ar essa semana! Totalmente responsivo, com visual moderno e novo logotipo, oferece uma experiência muito melhor para os visitantes usando celulares ou tablets.

Aproveitamos a oportunidade para passar um pente fino nos downloads, removendo os links inválidos.

Acessem o nov site e confiram, e caso ainda não esteja cadastrado, faça seu cadastro e marque a opção para receber nosso newsletter bimestral.

Carlos H. Cantu

Released: Migration Guide to Firebird 4 (English version)

Migration Guide to Firebird 4

The English version of the Migration Guide to Firebird 4 eBook is now available to everyone who wants to save time and have a smoother migration from an older Firebird version to Firebird 4.

The Guide has 206 pages, and cover several topics including features introduced in Firebird 4, like Time zones, Read Committed Read Consistency isolation, Replication, Decfloat, etc. The eBook is now available in PDF format. A printed version will be made available in Amazon in the near future.

Initially available only in Portuguese, it is the result of a successfull crowdfunding campaign in Brazil, with the participation of +300 people.

Migration Guide to FB 4, in English?

I’m happy to announce that the English version of my newest book, Migration Guide to Firebird 4, will be released in the upcoming weeks. The eBook is already being proofread!

As it already happens with the Migration Guide to FB 3, people will be able to buy the eBook here at FirebirdNews.org and the paper version at Amazon.

Stay tuned to FirebirdNews to be informed when the book is out.

Migration Guide to Firebird 4

I’m proud to announce that my new eBook, Migration Guide to Firebird 4, will be released in 23, August. The eBook has 219 pages, and it is written in Portuguese. I’m still not sure if I’ll make an English version this time… mostly depends on the number of requests that I may receive (feel free to use the comments in this post).

Once again, this is a “solo” project, as I’m the author, editor and publisher. This work was made possible thanks to the 300+ people who contributed in the Brazilian crowdfunding campaign: Thank you all!

The Guide is devoted to developers using any version of Firebird who wants to move to Firebird 4 in the most straight and peaceful way. It probably can save hours of work!

The eBook will start selling to the public starting at August, 30, in the FireBase on-line store.

Firebird 4 is released

Firebird Project is happy to announce general availability of Firebird 4.0 — the latest major release of the Firebird relational database.

Firebird 4.0 introduces new data types and many improvements without radical changes in architecture or operation, the most important are:

  • Built-in logical replication;
  • Extended length of metadata identifiers (up to 63 characters);
  • New INT128 and DECFLOAT data types, longer precision for NUMERIC/DECIMAL data types;
  • Support for international time zones;
  • Configurable time-outs for connections and statements;
  • Pooling of external connections;
  • Batch operations in the API;
  • Built-in cryptographic functions;
  • New ODS (version 13) with new system and monitoring tables;
  • Maximum page size increased to 32KB.

Please refer to the Release Notes for the full list of changes. The complete Language Reference is also available.

Binary kits for Windows, Linux and Android platforms (both 32-bit and 64-bit) are immediately available for download.

Firebird Yahoogroups archive

Mark Rotteveel posted on twitter:

In case anyone is interested in the archive of Firebird mailing lists that were hosted on Yahoo Groups: …http://fb-list-archive.s3-website-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com (up to the 14th of December 2019)

I’m considering the idea to also add messages after the 14th of December 2019 (when the Yahoo Groups archive closed down) and the final shutdown of Yahoo Groups at the end of 2020.

Mark Roteveel on twitter

Tutorial to use Firebird on Android

Jan Baumgarten wrote a tutorial on how to create a simple application using Delphi + ZeosLib and Firebird 4RC1 on Android devices.

Firebird binaries for Android are around for quite some time as “test” releases, but there is a lack of information about how to use it in Delphi applications. Well, seems that no more 😉

Firebird 3 Language Reference

The Firebird Documentation Team is proud to announce the first release of the English Firebird 3.0 Language Reference (HTMLPDF). You can also find it on the Documentation page. This new Language Reference covers all SQL syntax of Firebird 3.0.

The new English Firebird 3.0 Language Reference is based in part on the Russian Firebird 3.0 Language Reference, but is not a direct translation (though we thankfully copied parts of it). Work has also been started on the Firebird 4.0 Language Reference.

Developer’s Pub presents Ann Harrison

The second episode of the Developer’s Pub series is now online, and the interviewed is no one less than Ann Harrison, the “mother of InterBase/Firebird”, telling us great histories of her life and the time spent with InterBase and Firebird… and Jim, of course! Enjoy watching, and don’t forget to give your like!

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