Devrace are happy to announce the release of FIBPlus 6.4 (evaluation version). This version is fully compatible with Borland Developer Studio 2006. So now FIBPlus components are compatible with a big number of Borland products: Delphi 5-7, Delphi 2005-2006, C++ Builder 5-6, 2006 and Kylix 3, as well as with servers Borland InterBase 4.x-7.x and Firebird 1.x-2.0. This new version of FIBPlus, the best tool in Database Connectivity category according to the voting results of Delphi Informant Magazine’s 2004 Reader Choice Awards, includes a number of enhancements and more than 10 bug fixes. For more details read Press release and Release notes.
I contract at Master Maths in South Africa. Master Maths entrusted Lazarus with its 3rd incarnation of its flagship product. After a few weeks of testing and prototyping different languages and development environments, we opted for Free Pascal and Lazarus. We are rewriting the flagship product using Lazarus with the Firebird DB as backend (via the FBLib components) driven by the tiOPF2 framework. The new version of the product will run under Linux and Window.
– Graeme –
IBPhoenix Developer CD No. 10 (February 2006) is now shipping, including a new in depth look at “How to Write an External UDF Function”.
Developers from turboCASH are asking for Lazarus programers (people that program using Lazarus IDE) to set up a small test application to prove that Lazarus can be IDE of choice to port turboCASH to Linux.
there is information on how to adapt existing turboCASH code to run on Lazarus here:
Also read the original mail from turboCASH developer Philip Coperman:
Can anyone help with the following on Linux:
1) Setup a simple “proof of concept” in Lazarus
1) Lazarus and Linux
There are some useful contributions on Getting Lazarus and TurboCASH for Linux going here:
We have decided to use Firebird (80%) and possibly support MySQL (20%). In the Windows Project we are converting the current Delphi Code to work with Firebird and will add MySQL support if required afterwards. (In my project experience, that becomes unlikely)
I am now more concerned about:
1) How we are going to connect to the Firebird Database (and/or MySQL) – In Delphi we are using ZEOS Lib
2) What are we going to use for a Grid. In Delphi/Windows we use a quality commercial package – Infopower. I have struggled to find and Open Source alternative. Project Jedi seems to offer the best. The Grid is what gives TurboCASH batches and invoices that really friendly Spreadsheet look. How will we do this in Lazarus/Linux?
3) How are we going to write reports – In Delphi Linux we use Free Reports and Reportman. We have a legacy history with Quick Reports.
If you Linux guys (Even the Lazarus on Windows guys) – Could do the following :
i) Download the TurboCASH/Delphi project. Steal whatever you need
ii) “Open ” a set of books simply by connecting to the TurboCASH Firebird Database
iii) Set up any grid you like to edit any record you like in TurboCASH
iv) Write a simple report (take any one of ch windows one)
If we can do the above we can consider Lazarus as a serious proposition.
ZDNet talks about recent moves… read more here.
Andrew Hudson has a review of open source database companies over on OSNews. "IBPhoenix employs 6 people, grossed $50k its first year, and has nearly doubled revenue each year since. Beach formed InterBase Software to commercialize the existing and mature code base that Borland had taken open source after several years of closed source development. Borland continues to sell InterBase as a closed source product. InterBase is a relatively small company but it is profitable, it has a solid international presence, and it is growing rapidly."
Read more here
Neil McAllister has an insightful article on the relative position of proprietary and closed source databases. He argues that "free to develop, pay to deploy" is becoming the norm in both worlds.
Read more here
SQL Manager 2005 is compatible with any Firebird version up to 2.0 and InterBase version up to 7.5, supports all of the latest features and offers plenty of powerful tools for experienced users to satisfy all their needs.
In the newest program version the ability to register multiple local servers has been added. Also a lot of improvements and bugfixes have been made.
You can download SQL Manager 2005 for InterBase & Firebird at: http://www.sqlmanager.net/products/ibfb/manager/download
You can purchase SQL Manager 2005 for InterBase & Firebird at: http://www.sqlmanager.net/products/ibfb/manager/buy
More information at: http://www.sqlmanager.net/news/801
“I’m very happy that Jim, Ann and Taneli have joined MySQL AB,” said Michael “Monty” Widenius, the company’s co-founder, in a statement.
“There is plenty of work to go around, and with their combined experience, they can help us deliver on all the plans that we haven’t had time to pursue yet — and also supply us with lots of fresh new ideas.”
Read the full article here.
My note: The article says that Jim is involved with Firebird since 2000. This is not true. Jim got involved with Firebird only when IBPhoenix hired him to develop Vulcan.
Business Week Online writes: "Can open-source upstarts compete with Oracle, IBM, and Microsoft? It's an uphill battle, but customers are starting to look at the alternatives."
Read more here