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.
Benchmarks with Firebird 1.5.2 and the rest of the pack , Draw your own conclusions
Spoted on Tim Anderson’s Tech writing blog
Here are the experiences on Trustix 3 , and maybe someone will contribute the firebrd rpm to trustix too. (with dependencies solved)
I’ve done preparing Firebird 1.5.3 packages.
deb[-src] ftp://shrek.creditreform.bg/public sid main
All feedback is warmly welcome. If no problems are found, I’ll proceed with
upload to the archive.
Ah, also there you can find packages for flamerobin.
All you need to do is to add the above repository to your /etc/apt/sources.list
and then apt-get update ; apt-cache search firebird
then install what you need (classic or super server)
Here is a good link in businessweek on how OSS databases are horning in on
the database market.
I personally think that the majority of database users can do there work
with either Postgrsql, MySql or others like the Borland interbase now know
as Firebird or even Computer Associates Ingres which was recently made
opensource. Really do most company really need all those extra features or
are they just selling feature like Picture in picture was on your new TV
which you never use now.
Here is the link for you to check out:
“Semanário Económico” – the best Economic Newsweek in Portugal – gives a special mention to Akropole, a software dedicated to Schools. Akropole runs on Firebird, and it’s clearly mentioned. A full copy of the article (portuguese only) is available here.
PS: On the same article (if you know portuguese and dig it a little), you will notice that the Most Productive ( profits / number of employees) company in Portugal in 2004 works with an ERP system… powered by Firebird! 🙂
Recently I found interesting search engine dedicated for searching over source code of open source projects: www.koders.com.
Firebird source base is indexed too, so you can look for something in Firebird internals very quickly. Moreover, this engine has useful plugins for Visual Studio and Eclipse IDE.
Evans Data is selling a study based on +400 software developers about the power and efficiency of databases and their tools. The databases ranked on this study are:
- IBM DB2
- Oracle 10g
- Oracle 9i
- Microsoft SQL Server
- Borland Interbase
- Postgres SQL
Check more info here.
I’m curious to see how Firebird was ranked. If anyone has this study, please drop me a note.
The Firebird ADO.NET Data Provider 1.7.1 Release Candidate 4 for Microsoft.NET 1.1 and Mono 1.1.x is available for download.
Download information can be found here.
· 1.7.1 Release Candidate 4 ( 2006-02-01 ) ·
(Please read the Changelog for details)
– Fixed problem with the COLUMN_SIZE column value for char
and varchar columns on the ViewColumnUsage schema.
This ZDNet article comments about the new rules in the Database game, where Open Source databases are forcing the comercial ones to review and change the way they do business.
Altought the article gives main focus to MySQL and PostgreSQL in the Open Source area, Firebird also got a mention:
“Other open-source databases available include Sleepycat, Firebird and Derby.”