As open-source databases have grown in popularity among large enterprises and small and midsize businesses alike, many CIOs have taken a closer look at the savings associated with switching to these noncommercial alternatives.
Despite the attractive prices that are drawing more CIOs to open-source applications such as MySQL and PostgreSQL, traditional software Relevant Products/Services from Insight vendors have not exactly thrown in the towel. Some — including Oracle, Microsoft, and IBM — are fighting back by releasing free, scaled-down versions of their fully featured database products in the hopes that customers might one day upgrade.
But the question remains: Does it make good business sense to pay for a commercial database product when well-established, open-source versions pose enticing alternatives? A growing migration away from commercial software suggests that, for many customers, it does not.
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First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.
by Mahatma Gandhi.
http://xrl.us/j2jd (Link to www.computerweekly.com)
This document outlines how much Firebird conforms to the current SQL standard. Please note that the following information is not a full statement of conformance, but just information for those interested in the subject.
Pabloj (moderator at devshed.com forums) wrote the last steps from
his porting/comparative guide
Part 7 – Part8
dnfBB is a n-Tier, fast and lightweight .Net-powered discussion board written in C#. With native support for multiple forums within the same database structure. Initially designed to work with Firebird and MySQL, support for other databases is planned.
At the beginning of January I posted a Request for Ideas: Firebird in .NET Tutorial. First of all, thanks to all who contributed their ideas.
I’m currently working hard on the tutorial. The original idea was to write just a quick introduction but it seems there is a lot to tell… The weakest point of Firebird seems to be the lack of freely available documentation – so I decided to invest a little bit more time in the tutorial.
Sequoia is a transparent middleware solution for clustering, load balancing and failover services for any database. The database is distributed and replicated among several nodes and Sequonia balances the queries among nodes. It is also known to handle node failures and support for checkpointing and hot recovery. It was formerly known as the clustered JDBC project and provides high availability and performance scalability for databases.
More about it on jax magazine
In my last blog entry reguarding the rumored SunDB I immediately discounted the Firebird Database as a contender. In the comments posted to that entry it was suggested that Firebird shouldn’t be so quickly discarded and may even be a “diamond in the rough”. Well, if I’m wrong I’m willing to explore it and admit that I’m wrong if thats the case, afterall, what if Firebird really that great? I certainly don’t want to miss out on a good thing. So thanks to Gentoo I quickly emerged Firebird 1.5.2 and started playing.
The Lazarus team is glad to announce the 0.9.12 release. This release is based on fpc 2.0.2 and the binary packages now contain many standard packages:
This release can be downloaded from the sourceforge download page:
Detailed list of changes
Lazarus supports Firebird with SQLdb package that comes with the IDE
or third party components. I wrote about that in my blog
That is why I didn’t mentioned on firebirdnews again
Benchmarks with Firebird 1.5.2 and the rest of the pack , Draw your own conclusions
Spoted on Tim Anderson’s Tech writing blog