Firebird and MSVC8 run-time. Again

Vlad HorsunĀ  wrote on Firebird-Devel list

After reading MSDN articles about assemblies, side-by-side installation,
context activation API, etc, i think i have an idea how we can avoid (in most
cases) requirement to install MSVC8 runtime via Windows Installer and just
deploy it with our binaries.

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Firebird-Python and Character set issues – From Bug/Post of the day dept

After a long interruption I’m back at Firebird and kinterbasdb and I’m
just also back at character set troubles, my favorite pastim

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In the new edition of IBProvider Professional 7 codepages support was implemented, bugs were fixed, BLOB-fields access and memory management was improved

IBProvider v3 Release Candidate 3

  • Support of the following codepages added: DOS858, TIS620, BIG5, KSC_5601, GB_2312, SJIS_0208, EUCJ_0208;
  • Bug in the errors handling for OUT-parameters of query was fixed;
  • BLOB-fields access was improved;
  • Memory management was improved;

IBProvider v2/v1

  • BLOB-fields access was improved;
  • Memory management was improved;

Source: Interbase and Firebird driver site

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Primary Database in Use – Firebird ?

Survey Results – Primary Database in Use on LewisC’s An Expert’s Guide To Oracle Technology

I’m starting to gather the data from my survey. When I get all the data gathered, I will post it as a downloadable file. Until then, I will post some summary data. This data shows the current PRIMARY database in use at the respondents companies. I find the data suspect and you’ll see why. This data has not been cleaned and duplicate IP addresses have not been removed. This is totally raw data and should remain suspect until after cleansing. Still, it is interesting.

Primary Database

Percentage

Respondents

Oracle

20.38%

65

DB2

5.96%

19

SQL Server

8.78%

28

MySQL

25.39%

81

Teradata

0.31%

1

Ingres

0.00%

0

Postgres

7.21%

23

SimpleDB

0.00%

0

Firebird

25.71%

82

LucidDB

0.00%

0

Vetica

0.00%

0

Sybase

0.63%

2

Netezza

0.31%

1

Access

0.31%

1

Excel

0.63%

2

xBase

0.63%

2

ADABAS

0.00%

0

Alpha 5

0.00%

0

Filemaker

0.00%

0

IMS

0.00%

0

Informix

0.63%

2

SQLite

0.63%

2

Paradox

0.00%

0

Progress

0.00%

0

Other

2.51%

8

I have serious doubts that Firebird is primary database at 25.71% of the respondents. I think I may find some duplicate IP Addresses with that answer. I’m not really surprised at the remainder of the answers though.

I also posted a summary of countries who answered and a few questions on open source software usage.

LewisC

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ZEOSLib 6.6.3 – stable is out now

We are proud to officially announce the release of the ZEOS DBO Library 6.6.3 – stable

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New packages of IBProvider Professional Edition came out

IBProvider v3 Release Candidate 3 [build 3.0.0.4963]

  • NUMERIC-types support was improved.
  • Disabled metadata cache mode performance was increased in 2.5 times.
  • Metadata schemes were updated. Among them in schemes TABLE_INFO and TABLES classification of external (EXTERNAL TABLE) and temporary tables (GLOBAL TEMPORARY PRESERVE/DELETE) was added starting from Firebird 2.1 and Interbase 7.5.
  • Correct processing of active transactions in the connection pool.

New build IBProvider v1.9.9.2547 and IBProvider v2.6.3.2547

  • BLOB-columns metadata description bug was fixed.
  • Correct processing of active transactions in the connection pool.

Details on the Firebird driver site.

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Cooking code with the right ingredients

My previous post caused some very interesting discussions on the decisions that I am facing when starting on a new project. The suggestions were as varied as the choices in front of me. It seems that any of the alternatives can do the job, so why don’t I just make a decision and move on? Because its at this crucial point that any choice I make will impact the direction of the application for many years to come.

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Firebird has some funny ways of handling passwords

Firebird has some funny ways of handling passwords. The maximum length of passwords that is evaluated is 8 characters. Every character after the 8th is silently ignored. That’s especially funny because the ‘default’ password for a Firebird-installation is ‘masterkey’, which has 9 characters. You can, however, successfully log in to freshly installed Firebird-servers providing the password ‘masterke’.
I’m working with Interbase and Firebird for more than four years and just now realized that when a co-worker at our company found it out while learning SQL.
The only program that I know that makes note of that is gsec, which prints a warning when setting the password to something longer than 8 characters.

http://daniel-albuschat.blogspot.com/2008/04/passwords-in-firebird.html

[ED:Daniel is working on webkit based browser named arrora ]

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