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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The Firebird ADO.NET Data Provider 2.0 Beta 3 for Microsoft.NET 2.0 is
available for download.
Download information can be found here:
(Please read the Changelog for details)
– Fixed problem with the FbDataAdapter design time support.
– Fixed TableAdapter integration in Visual Studio 2005 now the
tableadapters should have select, insert, update and delete commands
– Fixed bugs in Indexes and Index columns schemas.
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 News.com.”
Open Source Convention is accepting proposals for the its next conference, scheduled to 24-28 July. There is a Database track, so if you think you have something good to show about Firebird, send your proposal using this link.
Here is part of a post from Josh Berkus:
As last year, me, Elein, Trudy and Arjen are the OSCON committee members specifically from the database community. We will be pursuing database talks in some specific in-demand areas.
UNLIKE prior years, this year we are seeking 45-min database sessions which emphasize practical utility and novel technology which will be directly useful to non-DBAs. In other words, case studies and
techniques which are targeted at the Perl, Ruby, Java, PHP, Web2.0 or other non-DBA programming communities, particularly complete implementations and case studies showing full applications and/or client code techniques are preferred.
This is part of a change in the OSCON program in which a session can be in multiple tracks, and there are no specific track quotas. It’s also a response to the legendarily low attendence of database talks in the past.
If you want to discuss potential submissions, contact any one of the committee members and we can give you feedback. Please share your ideas with us soon — the deadline is February 13th!
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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I just found an Open Source console application to administer IB/FB databases on linux. The features looks interesting:
- Supports services api and local utils (gbak, gfix e.t.c. for classic architecture).
- Script editor.
- Data editor.
- Grant manager.
- Database Comparer.
- Much more…
For more information and nice screenshots, look here.
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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If you have a site and want to help spread out Firebird, you can download and freely use the Firebird banner below at www.firebase.com.br/fb/banners/firebird_banner.gif.
Firebird is being used in MagniObras, from MagniSoft. The software is an integrated solution of management, enclosing all the administrative and operational sources of the sector of construction. You can read more information here (in portuguese) or a google translated version in english.
The lastest number of DB FreeMagazine (#7) brings an article about how to configure Wine on linux to be able to run IBExpert and other Delphi applications. Magazine is free, but is in portuguese. Some work is being done to have a version of the article in english.