FirebirdClient 2.0 Beta 4 released

FirebirdClient 2.0 Beta 4 for Visual Studio 2005 & Microsoft.NET 2.0, the ADO.NET Data Provider for Firebird, is available for download.

Download information can be found here

· Beta 4 ( 2006-02-03 ) · Please read the Changelog for details.

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed Foreign Keys schemas.
  • Fixed problem with the COLUMN_SIZE column in the FbViewColumns schema.
  • Bug fix in FbPoolManager when trying to return back to the pool a connection.
  • Fixed DataTypes schema in the FbMetaData.xml file.
  • New Features:
  • [DDEX] Foreign keys should be now automaticalled added to DataSets at design time when dropping tables from the Server Explorer.
  • Added correct support for the new .net 2.0 DbParameter.SourceColumnNullMapping property (Alexander V. Leshkin)
  • Initial implementation of the new extended support for char/varchar fields with OCTETS character set.
  • Changes:
  • Added RemoteEventId property to FbRemoteEvent class.
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Evans Data “Developers Choice – Databases 2005”

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
  • Firebird
  • MySQL
  • 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.

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SQL Manager 2005 for InterBase/Firebird released!

EMS Software Development Company is pleased to announce SQL Manager 2005 for InterBase/Firebird – the new major version of the powerful InterBase and Firebird administration and development tool!

SQL Manager 2005 is compatible with any Firebird version up to 2.0 and InterBase version up to 7.5 and supports all of the latest features including trigger messages, BLOB filters, and so on. It offers plenty of powerful tools for experienced users such as Visual Database Designer, Visual Query Builder and Stored Procedure Debugger to satisfy all their needs.

You can learn more about SQL Manager 2005 for InterBase/Firebird and download the latest version at: www.sqlmanager.net/products/ibfb/manager

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Firebird ADO.NET Data Provider 1.7.1 Release Candidate 4 released

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.

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Firebird is mentioned in “Database start-ups bet on open source”

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.”

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Porting the EMPLOYEE database from Firebird 2.0 to MySQL 5.1 in steps:1-2-3-4-5

Hi, I’ve decided to make an in depth test of MySQL’s new functionalities by porting Firebird’s EMPLOYEE.FDB database to MySQL 5.1.5, here is what I found, I hope it will be useful for people porting apps from MySQL to Firebird and vice-versa.
http://pabloj.blogspot.com/2006/01/porting-employee-database-from.html

http://pabloj.blogspot.com

Pabloj.

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IBM Introduces a Free (as in Beer) Version of DB2

This week IBM became the latest proprietary database vendor to add a free offering to their lineup, according to ZDNet:
Source: http://news.zdnet.com/2100-3513_22-6032676.html

It would be difficult to estimate the balance between appealing to developers and the influence of Open Source databases such as MySQL, but I would tend to believe that competetion from Postgres, Firebird, MySQL, et al. to be a significant factor in the decision to release free versions of proprietary databases.

Source for this news/blog of the day
http://www.openwin.org/mike/index.php/archives/2006/01/ibm-introduces-a-free-as-in-beer-version-of-db2/

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Firebird 1.5.3 PT_BR

Paulo Henrique Albanez informs that a non-oficial version of Firebird 1.5.3 for Windows, with supports to collate PT_BR (case insensitive) is available for download here. A Linux version will be available shortly.

This version is mainly for brazilians and other portuguese speakers people who wants to get the benefits of case/accent insensitive collation for ISO8859_1/WIN1252 charsets, while FB 2.0 is not released.

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