All you didn’t want to know about Firebird’s Unicode

You can now download the slides from Stefan Heymann’s talk “What Developers Should Know about Character Sets, Unicode etc.”.
It was presented at Firebird Conference 2005 .

Dmitri Kovalenko, LCPI wrote about unicode in September issue of The Firebird Developer Magazine:
Working with UNICODE in InterBase/Firebird

Related to unicode is Joel Spolsky’s article The Absolute Minimum Every Software Developer Absolutely, Positively Must Know About Unicode and Character Sets (No Excuses!)

Keep up to date using your cell phone

Ok, for you guys living in USA, Yahoo is testing a new alert service that is able to retrieve news from RSS feeds and send them direct to your cell phone using SMS. As you probably now, we have RSS in this site (check the sidebar) and so you can use Yahoo Alert service to monitor and send you SMS message when something new is posted! Very cool! You can register in Yahoo Mobile using this link.

Gardner: SAS leads BI market

Business Objects, Cognos, Information Builders Inc., and SAS Institute are setting the standards in BI, according to Gartner's "Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence Platforms, 1Q06." The report cites SAS as having the most comprehensive BI platform in the industry. SAS, of course, is a Firebird user.

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Homeland Security helps secure Firebird

I saw firebird in the list of targets

“Through its Science and Technology Directorate, the department has
given $1.24 million in funding to Stanford University, Coverity and
Symantec to hunt for security bugs in open-source software and to
improve Coverity’s commercial tool for source code analysis,
representatives for the three grant recipients told CNET”

Data, data everywhere

Megaterabyte databases are getting downright common. But with more real-time data, complex queries, and increasing numbers of sources, managing them is anything but routine. The amount of data stored by businesses nearly doubles every 12 to 18 months. And the very biggest probably triple every three years.

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e-Week: “Stop forgetting Firebird”

e-Week’s Lisa Vaas considers that “Firebird is fully open source and has been around for over 20 years. It has thousands of installations handling databases in the hundreds of gigabytes down to those with hundreds of records. The Firebird approach pioneered ‘zero administration’ database technology” and she makes a New Year’s resolution: “Stop forgetting Firebird.”

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