I contract at Master Maths in South Africa. Master Maths entrusted Lazarus with its 3rd incarnation of its flagship product. After a few weeks of testing and prototyping different languages and development environments, we opted for Free Pascal and Lazarus. We are rewriting the flagship product using Lazarus with the Firebird DB as backend (via the FBLib components) driven by the tiOPF2 framework. The new version of the product will run under Linux and Window.
– Graeme –
IBPhoenix Developer CD No. 10 (February 2006) is now shipping, including a new in depth look at “How to Write an External UDF Function”.
Developers from turboCASH are asking for Lazarus programers (people that program using Lazarus IDE) to set up a small test application to prove that Lazarus can be IDE of choice to port turboCASH to Linux.
dbdesc 1.4 (document you database) is ready and available for download. This new version adds a lot of new features: a report viewer, syntax highlighthing, PDF export and much more. Take a look at What’s New.
You can also read his blog is very interesting
“I’m almost certain that you wont see any integration of firebird into mysql (and I don’t think the firebird community would really want that anyway), but it’s probably worth keeping an eye on as this sure looks like mysql’s play to get out from under the shadow of the recent oracle maneuvers, and so will have an effect on how the mainstream tech market looks at all open source db’s.”
Robert Treat wrote in his blog
As the industry continues to digest what Oracle’s acquisition of Sleepycat means for MySQL and its open source plans, Bruce Perens has an interesting take on the impact of proprietary vendors acquiring their way into open source
Oracle’s potential purchase of JBoss, he notes, can be seen as a move against BEA, which has made its own moves to open source previously proprietary work to protect its position against JBoss.
Read more on businessreviewonline.com
A while ago, people from the major Open Source database systems have met to form the Open Source Database Consortium – that was in October 2005.
OK, that’s not that long ago, but I hope that the ambitions to co-operate aren’t over again. It was told that a website will be created at www.osdbconsortium.org.
I’ve recently written two articles on this topic for Database Journal, the earlier, written after the InnoDB purchase, entitled Oracle’s purchase of InnoDB, their release of Oracle Express, and the effect on MySQL, and the most recent, just after the Sleepycat purchase, entitled Pressure on MySQL increases as Oracle purchases Sleepycat, with more to come.
Since I only do a monthly column for Database Journal, and things change quite quickly, I thought I’d post a few more thoughts on the topic.
Here’s another research paper I wrote on specific business influences on all of our favorite open source database companies, Business Factors in Open Source Database Companies
“I’m a fan of del.icio.us because it allows me to seamlessly access my bookmars from whichever computer I am currently logged in to. A comment in a posting on this blog some time ago, brought my attention to Scuttle, an Open Source version of del.icio.us written in PHP. Scuttle is currently available in version 0.6.0. The underlying database into which scuttle stores users and bookmarks, can be any of MySQL, Oracle, Postgres, SqLite, DB2, Firebird, and a couple others”
Read more on Jan-Piet’s blog