Thursday, September 07, 2006

Review: Borland Turbo Explorer

With the free Turbo Explorer line, Borland brings programming to the masses. Each of the four Turbo Explorer 'personalities' targets a different combination of programming language and platform: Turbo Delphi and Turbo C++ for Windows, and Turbo Delphi and Turbo C# for .NET. There are over 200 components for building programs, but the abundance of features may be overwhelming to new users.

Turbo Delphi - The Return!

Turbo Delphi - The Return! - In the good old days, Turbo Pascal was small, fast and inexpensive. Now Turbo Delphi is (we hope) small and fast. And it's free!

ZeosDBO Latest Download

Here is the link for the last ZeosDBO component (but it's not the stable version) at least you can know that the development of this component is still exist


HardSoft TV presented in program #275 an interview with Carlos H. Cantu recorded during the 3ยบ Firebird Developers Day. You can watch it online now (audio is in portuguese). In the next programs (released every 2 weeks), there will be other interviews with other FDD speakers.

Firebird Maestro

SQL Maetro - A new administration tool for Firebird Databases is available for download (windows only).

Meiji talks about FDD

Meiji Kimura posted an on-line article in IT-Media about Firebird Developers Day. Non-japanese speakers can try some online translation tools to be able to read the article.

FlameRobin 0.7.5 released

Source and binary packages for Windows (setup.exe and .zip) and Linux (gtk1 and gtk2 variants) are available for download. MacOSX and Debian/Ubuntu ones should follow soon (and probably FreeBSD one too). We are also looking for someone to try if things work on Solaris too.

New features
- System tables now are available in main tree view
- Compatibility with Firebird 2.0
- SQL editor: Autocompletion of column/parameter names and old/new aliases in triggers

Enhancements and Bug fixes
- SQL Editor: Use row:col instead of col:row in statusbar
- SQL Editor: Autocompletion now works for case
- sensitive object names
- SQL Editor: Autocompletion now works for names containing $ character
- Data grid: "Fetch all records" and "Cancel fetching all records" commands
- Data grid: "Copy records as Update" command
- SQL script execution now always stops on error
- Confirm dropping of items from main tree
- Fixed bugs related to character set conversions
- Fixed DDL extraction for various object types

Download at :
For known issues please see our bug tracker at:

1st Russian Firebird Conference

Dear Friends,

IBase, Inc is glad to announce The 1st Russian Firebird Conference. It will take place in Moscow, Russia, October 14, 2006.
Firebird Core developers, vendors of many related products and well-known enthusiasts will be there to present the most recent news and plans regarding Firebird 2, new versions of developers products and so on.

Check-in to conference (in Russian):

If you have any questions regarding participation or sponsorship please feel free to email

With best regards,
Alexey Kovyazin

Where are the Mysql, Firebird books in your shop?

Did you seen the Firebird book in local shops ?
One mysql user is complaining that mysql books aren’t in the “database” area [ED: seems that he spoted one firebird book]

Using the ActiveRecord-JDBC Adapter

There has been one official release of the ActiveRecord-JDBC adapter, a 0.1 that has basic SQL support for MySQL.[Ed: Firebird support will be added soon , see bellow] …

We are planning a second release of the JDBC adapter very shortly. It should have reasonably solid migrations/DDL support for MySQL, Oracle, and Firebird, as well as some level of support for HSQLDB, Derby, and others. It’s moving along quickly now that it’s been spun off into its own jruby-extras project. You can go there or to the jruby-extras SVN repository to grab the bleeding-edge source from SVN.

GCafeSoft Update - blog

GCafeSoft is a program, written absolutely for Gaming Cafe owners.

The Server is a robust-.NET based application, based on the v1.1 .NET Framework. The database is also as robust an element in the Server — architecture being based on the Firebird Embedded Architecture.

dnfBB final beta available for download

dnfBB is a powerful and fast 3 Tier, C# / .Net discussion board or forum. With native support for multiple forums within the same database structure which fully utilises Firebird’s features (Stored procs, triggers etc)

The final beta version of dnfBB is now available for download, this version includes all the features that were allocated to Version 1. Without a doubt there will be a few imperfections to iron out before the final release, however as far as functionality goes this is now complete (Firebird version only at the moment).


Monday, September 04, 2006

Firebird 2.0 on-line manual

I’ve placed the first book of a Firebird 2.0 manual on-line:

This book is about the stored procedure and trigger language “PSQL” and
consists of about 100 web pages. I would expect that all 8 planned
books will be online before the end of the year.

The on-line manual is user editable, in the sense that users can post
extra information, examples and corrections — in the style of the on-
line PHP manual.

All feedback is welcome.



Friday, September 01, 2006

MySQL drops BerkeleyDB engine - what next?

Joe Brockmeyer writes: "With the 5.1.12 release, MySQL will be dropping the Berkeley DB (BDB) storage engine from its list of supported database engines. Some observers have suggested that this move is connected to Oracle's purchase of Sleepycat, and that InnoDB may be next. However, Brian Aker, MySQL's director of architecture, says that they're unlikely to drop InnoDB, and the Berkeley engine is being dropped for technical reasons."

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