Firebird 4 alpha

Firebird Project announces the first Alpha release of Firebird 4.0, the next major version of the Firebird relational database, which is now available for testing.

This Alpha release arrives with an early preview of the features and improvements currently under development by the Firebird development team, as well as with countless bugfixes. Our users are appreciated giving it a try and providing feedback to this mailing list. Apparent bugs can be reported directly to the bugtracker.

Alpha releases are not encouraged for production usage or any other goals that require a stable system. They are, however, recommended for those users who want to help in identifying issues and bottlenecks thus allowing to progress faster through the Beta/RC stages towards the final release.

Please read the Release Notes carefully before installing and testing this Alpha release.

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Dmitry Yemanov

The pain of no documentation

Free software is suffering because coders don’t know how to write documentation

Interesting article (read it here). As much important as the “source code documentation” is the documentation for the users. Firebird suffered from the lack of official documentation for a long time. This is being fixed, and you can help right now, contributing to the newest doc crowdfunding from the Project.

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