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.
“There is no way we would be able to raise the money required to buy a commercial Oracle license.”
“I believe the XE edition is a max of 2gig. htmldb would be free for that, but by the time you add htmldb overhead and users, I gotta think this site has way way more data than what is left out of the starting 2gig. … Standard Edition One would be the next option, at 5 grand per proc.”
maybe oracle will toss a free license their way, but this is a great case study on how useless oracle’s free offerings really are. (to contrast, of course, mysql’s free offering is fully-featured, with no artificial limitations. same with other truly free databases like firebird or the open-source versions of postgresql.)
[ED: this is the blog of the day ]
Recently the main page of the Firebird Foundation site got a facelift. Check it out and if you are not a member of the Foundation, maybe it is a good time to subscribe and help the economic viability of the Firebird project.
If you know a good big example of Firebird usage, please check this page and send us some information, so we can build a good list of great products/names using our loved database.
Firebird's Oracle-mode will be a keynote speech at the Software Development GigaCon in Warsaw, Poland. It is the largest software conference in that part of the world.
Read more here
“World Community Grid’s mission is to create the largest public computing grid benefiting humanity. Our work is built on the belief that technological innovation combined with visionary scientific research and large-scale volunteerism can change our world for the better. Our success depends on individuals – like you – collectively contributing their unused computer time to this not-for-profit endeavor.” I just found a Firebird team on it.
A recent press release from Ratmir Labs, mentions Firebird as one of their key technologies.
while, that Open Source does not equate to Open Development, and
while the difference is glaring obvious to folks who have been
around open source for a while, it is not so to many others.
I’m publishing the results of the coverity tests ran against Firebird 2.0 at 6/March/2006. For those who doesn’t know what is this: some months ago, USA government sponsored some companies to find bugs in popular Open Source projects, in a way to make them more secure. Firebird was in the software list. Now the first results are being published.
The source code is analyzed by the automated Coverity Tool, which process the source code and build automated reports with possible problems found.
The results I’m publishing doesn’t have the internal hyperlinks that allows to jump directly to the “faulting line” in the source code, as well the detailed information about each problem, since this would require access to the authenticated coverity servers and most of you don’t have the necessary login info.
Click here to see the resullts. More detailed comments about this to come in the next days. Also, keep in mind that automated tools can be fooled by the code, what means that some code can be reported as problematic while it isn’t.
Note: The tests are being run against Firebird 2.0 source code. As you know, FB 2.0 is still in BETA, and that’s why we have betas… to detect and correct bugs.