Open Source vs. the Database Vendors – on slashdot

“BusinessWeek has another spread on open source this week. Among them is an article about open source vs. the database vendors which focused on how businesses are looking to save money with open source (rather than using the source to innovate). From the article:
“The databases work fine, but as data volume grows, so do the checks to Oracle, IBM, or Microsoft. Many users aren’t clamoring for more features, and some don’t even use the bells and whistles they already paid for. They would happily trade some to get their hands on the source code and a better deal.”
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Interesting Project Metrics

I’ve been wonder for some about about metrics to evaluate the relative architectural cleanliness of various database implementations. To that end, I wrote a simple program that eat Visual Studio 7 projects files and analyzes the source files. Here are the results:

Nfs Engine Vulcan Firebird 2 MySQL Server
Total Modules 429 633 232 123
Total Lines 63432 227814 126274 214356
Code Modules 206 218 70 99
Header Modules 221 394 162 15
Preprocessed Modules 0 16 0 0
Other Modules 2 5 0 9
Number Functions 2839 4706 1633 4960
Average Arguments 5.00 8.65 13.08 7.58
Average FunctionLines 14.86 32.46 55.95 31.70
Average Code Lines 11.80 21.20 37.12 26.90
Average Internal Comments 0.94 6.10 11.92 2.59
Average Internal WhiteSpace 2.12 5.16 6.92 2.21


The analysis program doesn’t try to follow conditional compilation, so everything is included whether active or not.

The Netfrastructure engine is roughly equivalent in functionality to Firebird. The Netfrastructure numbers, however, are for the database engine only, excluding the Java Virtual Machine and template engine. Since the trigger and procedure language in Netfrastructure are Java, this isn’t a strict apples to apples comparison. On the other hand,the Netfrastructure engine includes the remote server, which Vulcan does not.

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Newly free databases validate open source pioneers

This article on NewsForge doesn’t mention Firebird, but it shows some interesting positions from MySQL and PostgreSQL guys about the new “Free” versions of traditional comercial databases, like Oracle, DB2, etc.

Another interesting article shows that VMWare have cut the price of its server version to zero. This may turn the life of developers easier, since they can install many diferent O.S. in the same machine, to test their products.

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Firebird mentioned in “Semanário Econômico” article

“Semanário Económico” – the best Economic Newsweek in Portugal – gives a special mention to Akropole, a software dedicated to Schools. Akropole runs on Firebird, and it’s clearly mentioned. A full copy of the article (portuguese only) is available here.

PS: On the same article (if you know portuguese and dig it a little), you will notice that the Most Productive ( profits / number of employees) company in Portugal in 2004 works with an ERP system… powered by Firebird! 🙂

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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:

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