In this part, we'll show you some cool new things you can do with Firebird 5 that will make your database faster and more efficient. You'll learn about better compresssion of records, about cache of compiled statements, and more.
Part 4 of "Detailed New Features of Firebird" covers the parallel features of Firebird 5: how gbak improved the speed of backup and restore, and how gfix and index creation became faster as well. You will also find practical recommendations and results of tests.
Do you want to have a say in the future of Firebird? Firebird is a great, open source, relational database that is constantly evolving and improving. As a sponsor of the Firebird Foundation, you can be part of the Technical Task Group and help shape the direction and plans for the next versions of Firebird. Right now, the Firebird developers are working on the plan for version 6 and beyond, and they would love to hear your ideas and feedback.
Firebird 5 can run on old versions of Windows, like Windows 7 32bit, but it can require the installation of UCRT.
See how to use parallel consistent data reading in your Firebird applications, just like gbak.exe in v5 does: view introductory video, read detailed article and use the sample tool.
Performance Comparer for Firebird tool Beta version 1.0.1 is released
Rust Firebird Client updated to v0.24 with a few features and fixes
Where to get support and read news: the complete list of the official FirebirdSQL pages, groups and channels
The short video message from President Of Firebird Foundation: why is it important to migrate to Firebird 5?
In the 3d part of "Detailed New Features in Firebird 5" we will consider clause SKIP LOCKED in more details, with simulation script in Python and test database.