New article: Fast conversion from Firebird 2.5 to 3.0 with streamed backup-restore

If you need to convert a very big Firebird 2.5 database to 3.0, or many databases during the short period of time (for example, overnight or during the weekend), you will definitely find useful this article: it describes how to speed up the backup-restore process by 25-30% with stream backup-restore process. 
Please read  Fast conversion of Firebird 2.5 databases to Firebird 3.0

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HQbird 2018R4

The minor release of HQbird, the advanced distribution of Firebird for enterprises, is available: 2018R4. The new version contains the following fixes:

  1. Improved replica initialization sequence under high load.
  2. Latest patches from Firebird sources, including the patch for tmpwatch problem for 3.0 at CentOS
  3. Simplifications of the interface for the database replication setup
  4. Significant changes in Performance Monitoring: now HQbird generates 3 reports (Duration, Frequency, and Summary), and also XLS report with top-consuming applications and statements, with all performance details (fetches, reads, writes, etc). FBPerfMon tool is excluded from HQbird ServerSide, since their functions are mostly covered by extended capabilities of Performance Monitoring.
  5. Several bug fixes

Download HQbird 2018R4 now!

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Release of IBProvider v5

We are proud to introduce the fifth version of our basic product for working with Firebird and InterBase.

IBProvider v5 inherits all the best from IBProvider v3 and dramatically improves the quality of implementation of the OLE DB components.

For the last few years, the main development line of IBProvider was fixing problems that prevented its stable operation. First of all, we had to fix problems not related to the provider itself — we rewrote the client for Firebird and the standard pool of OLE DB connections. It took a lot of time and resourses, but it was worth it.

Now the time has come to get to IBProvider itself.

Instead of local fixes, within the support of the third version we redesigned the inner infrastructure of the OLE DB components of IBProvider taking into account the entire experience gained over the last years. In part, the ideas were taken from our ADO.NET provider.

The main qualities of IBProvider v5 are reliability and fail safety…

Read full text of IBProvider v5 release.

With Best Regards, IBProvider Team.

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Firebird x InterBase

Historical overview

InterBase was created in 1985: it was the first commercial multi-versioning database. In the end of 1999, Borland decided to close InterBase development and published its source codes under InterBase Public License. This code was copied (it is permitted by the license), and Firebird was born – from the version 1.0 Firebird is a production-ready database, based on previous decades of InterBase development.

At the end of 2000, Borland turned back to the closed source and commercial licenses (exactly as it was earlier) with InterBase and started development of 6.5.

Firebird 1.0 was released in 2002, with many bugfixes and extensions of DDL and DML. The active Firebird development continued after 1.0, and in 2004 the second major version of Firebird (v.1.5) was released. Borland at that time also has introduced new versions (7.0 and 7.1). Firebird 1.5 and InterBase 7.0 was incompatible both by database format (ODS) and core functionality. The migration from InterBase to Firebird and back with backup/restore is impossible since Firebird 2.0 and InterBase 7.0.

Since then, the difference between Firebird and InterBase became bigger.

Check the full article from IBSurgeon, and see the currently diferences between Interbase and Firebird.

Disponível também em Português.

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Firebird Chocolatey package available

Hello!
 
Just passing to inform that Firebird chocolatey packages are now ready for public usage.​ ​:)
 
As easy as
choco install firebird​ ​-y
 
to install Firebird 3.0.1 SuperServer.
 
There’s also support for 2.1 and 2.5 releases. As well for Classic and SuperClassic installs.
 
More info at: 
 
Best regards!
F.D.Castel
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The Haversine formula => Calculate distance between to WGS84 Points

Hi,
I think might be helpful, today for a customer i do the Haversine formulas for Firebird Sql as a stored procedure.

This formula allow you to calculate the distance in meter between two WGS84 datum points(degree points of Earth).

You can call the procedure like this:

SELECT * FROM HAVERSINE_GENERIC(1, 45,474081, 9,179348, 45,456091, 9)
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Read “Firebird Hardware Guide” to effectively choose hardware

You can often see the following question in Firebird technical support groups: “What is the hardware of choice for the Firebird DBMS?”. This topic remains permanently popular because hardware requirements differ by tasks and hardware itself changes with time.

We in IBSurgeon decided to write Firebird Hardware guide in order to provide the necessary knowledge to anyone who wants to choose truly effective hardware for their Firebird database. To do it, you will have to learn some basic details on how Firebird, the operating system and, of course, hardware functions.
http://ib-aid.com/en/articles/firebird-hardware-guide/

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New Firebird ODBC driver 1.2 released

Devart company updated its set of ODBC drivers for various databases including  Firebird database.

New Firebird ODBC driver gained improved performance and:

  • Compatibility with Microsoft Visual Studio is improved
  • Compatibility with Microsoft Office is improved
  • Compatibility with Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio is improved
  • Compatibility with Crystal Reports is improved
  • Compatibility with ClikView is improved

Check what our new ODBC drivers can offer to you.

Download Firebird ODBC driver 1.2

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