SQL Point/Blog of the Week

For those of you data hounds out there that use open source databases.

May I suggest the excellent Firebird, coupled with IBexpert, as opposed to mySQL.

I have found it a heck of a lot easier to design and implement stored procedures. It is open source and rock solid.
That is J. J. Walter’s opinion about firebird , expressed in his blog.

New Firebird book

Firebird – Dicas de segurança was just released in the Brazilian market. The book, written in Portuguese by Luiz Paulo de O. Santos, gives to the reader tips about doing a secure instalation of Firebird as well using third party tools (like ZeBeDee) to run Firebird in a more secure way. Luiz was one of the speakers at the Firebird Conference 2005.

First results of Homeland’s sponsored tests

“The most popular open-source software is also the most free of bugs, according to the first results of a U.S. government-sponsored effort to help make such software as secure as possible.” – Read more here.

Firebird is in the list of the Open Source tested software. I plan to put some more information about this here in FirebirdNews as soons as I put my hands on it.

Smart moves by MySQL AB

Now there seems to be a clear response. MySQL has hired former Firebird developer Jim Starkey and MySQL has a new CTO: Taneli Otala – read Kaj Arnö’s interview with Taneli.

The final statement on this interview declares a clear goal: “Definitely. I want to be part of the team building the world’s best database!”. The times when MySQL targeted itself mainly to drive small and medium web based applications are definitely over!

Read more on db4free blog

LinuxQuestions.org Podcast – Mentions MySQL’s acquisition of Netfrastructure

The latest LinuxQuestions.org Podcast. Topics include LQ conference updates, 2005 LinuxQuestions.org Members Choice Awards, your feedback on LQ, the LQ Articles and Editorials section, the MySQL acquisition of Netfrastructure, more on the MySQL, Oracle, SAP rumors and the TCO study sponsored by OSDL and Levanta.



ED:Members Choice Awards For Databases (will be published in 6March)

Firebird used in 1000+ schools in Flanders

If it’s interesting for Firebird & Turbocash:

All our applications run using Firebird, in 3-tier mode. The 2 flagships applications are:

– School administration software. – Used by 1000+ schools in Flanders.
– Accounting program. – Also used by 1000+ schools in Flanders, and by regular companies as well.

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