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October 03, 2014
Today's guest is Mark Rotteveel, developer of JayBird, Firebird JDBC driver, and speaker at Firebird Conference 2014.

— Mark, why do you think people will be interested most of all in your presentation/talk?
 
— I have two talks scheduled. My first talk is about the current state of development of Jaybird, and the changes implemented (and to be implemented) for Jaybird 3.0. I think this is interesting for people who use Jaybird and want to know more about the upcoming changes. My second talk is about using Hibernate and jOOQ to query a Firebird database from Java without having to deal with the low-level JDBC operations. Hibernate is a ORM mapper, while jOOQ is — besides a (light-weight) ORM mapper — a Domain Specific Language (DSL) library for building queries with compile time checks. Both are also useful to bridge dialect differences between various databases.
Although introductory, I think this is interesting for application developers, even when their target platform isn't Java.
 
— What do you like most of all in Firebird? And what is your most  favourite feature/improvement in Firebird 3?
 
I think the key thing about Firebird is its simplicity and small footprint, install it and you are — basically — good to go. I think my favorite new feature in Firebird 3 are the window functions. They provide much needed extensions for analytical queries.
September 28, 2014
 The next guest is Paul Reeves (IBPhoenix).
 
— Paul, why do you think people will be interested most of all in your presentations?
 
— Well, I've always been fascinated by trying to measure firebird performance. This year I've spent quite a bit of time working on a test harness that produces consistent output, and above all, a database to store and analyse the data produced by the tests. The results are quite surprising and to me at least, very interesting. I'm certainly enjoying putting the presentation together and hopefully it will be enjoyable for people to sit through.
 
— What do you like most of all in Firebird?
 
— The pace of development. I know we seem to be behind schedule on v3 but I'm barely up to speed with the new features that have been added in v2.n. A lot of the things that used to be difficult back in the day (I've been using Firebird since IB4) are so easy now. The way text blobs can be converted to and from strings, the way sql statements can be constructed on the fly in stored procedures, the fact that domains can now be used consistently in SPs — these are just a few of the things that make database development easier. And of course there are monitoring tables, db and txn triggers. And loads more stuff besides. 
 
—  What is your most favourite feature/improvement in Firebird 3?
 
— It is too early to say. There is so much new stuff in v3 that it will take me a while to get on top of it all. Probably best to ask me in about two years time :) 

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September 25, 2014
We are starting series or mini-interviews with speakers of Firebird International Conference 2014. The first guest is Ann W. Harrison:
 
— Ann, what do you think people will be interested most of all in your presentation/talk?
 
Both talks address concerns that are of interest the most novice of Firebird users ("Why does gfix think my database is broken?" and "What's the big deal about multi-threading").  The talks start with the basics and then move into more complex understanding of the underlying issues (careful write, threading alternatives) that may suggest future directions for Firebird. Jim Starkey and I will share both talks.  I'll address the way things are now, using my experience on the Firebird Support list to respond to common questions.  Jim will talk about his post-Firebird experiences — he's written four more relational databases, each with different ways of dealing with on-disk consistency (the gfix issue) and threading.
 
— What do you like most of all in Firebird? and what is your most favourite feature/improvement in Firebird 3?
 
— The best feature of Firebird, from my perspective, is that it doesn't fight back.  It's easy to install, requires very little tuning, and runs on lots of different platforms in multiple configurations: embedded, classic, and now multi-theaded server.  Performance and reliability are givens — without them, you can't have a product. I also like the fact that Firebird can be distributed with commercial products without a license fee, so it's attractive to application builders outside the US. As for V3, beyond question, my favorite feature is the multi-threaded shared server.  Giving users the full use of their multi-processor servers without the overhead of a process per connection really moves Firebird into a new era.
 
— Thank you, and see you soon in Prague!
September 22, 2014
We'd like to invite you to the Firebird event of the year — The Firebird International Conference 2014.

It will last for 2 days, and takes place on October 24-25th, in Prague. The Conference will be devoted to 2 main topics: Firebird 3 features and Firebird performance.
 
With Firebird 3 Beta 1 (due to be announced next week) you will be in a position to start testing, doing development or considering migration to Firebird 3.0, and, since Firebird 3.0's SuperServer configuration shows three times better performance than Firebird 2.5 SuperClassic, it is probably not a bad idea!
 
Note: There will be special sessions devoted to performance testing and comparison of Firebird 3,9 v's Firebird 2.5.
 
Dmitry Yemanov and Vlad Khorsun (core developers of Firebird) will present detailed explanations of the new features in Firebird 3.0, with focus on its architectural changes and advantages which this new technology will give to Firebird users.
 
There will be two very special speakers at Firebird Conference: Ann Harrison and Jim Starkey (the original creator of InterBase), presenting interesting topics about multi-threading and orphan database pages.
 
There will be sessions devoted to the new abilities of performance monitoring with Firebird 3.0 enhancements, and a session about Firebird database recovery and how to avoid possible database corruption.
 
The developers responsible for the Firebird JDBC/.NET drivers will also be at the conference, so this is a good chance to ask questions about optimal performance and future development.
 
And, as usual, Firebird Conference is also is good place to meet with existing friends and make new friends, to find like-minded people and get invaluable experience and conversation.
 
For more details please take a look at the list of presentations. The conference page with more details about the location and how to register is here.
 
Don't miss your chance to participate in the main Firebird event of the year!
September 10, 2014
Jiri Cincura announces the 4.5.1.0 Release of ADO.NET provider for Firebird.

You can download it in the ".NET Provider" section of Downloads. Enjoy!

See blog.cincura.net for details.
September 02, 2014
The 11th edition of the Firebird Developers Day was held in the city of Piracicaba — SP — Brazil, at Aug, 30 2014, in Espaço Beira Rio. The conference had around 400 attendees, and 11 sessions including an exclusive presentation by Dmitry Yemanov (chief of Firebird’s development team), named “Firebird development, where we stand and where we go”. Unfortunately, Dmitry was not able to be physically present at the conference, so his session was recorded, and in the end, an online audio channel was opened, so people could ask questions and get answers direct from him.

The other topics covered in the conference was:
  • Protecting your database with Firebird 3 (Carlos H. Cantu)
  • Introducing the FireServer Project (Fernando Pimenta)
  • Using Firebird in Virtual Private Servers (Marcelo Daibert)
  • Life with big Firebird databases, from 100GB to 17Tb (Alexey Kovyazin)
  • Regulars expressions in Firebird (Alexandre B. Smith)
  • Turning data into information (Alexandre B. Smith)
  • NFCe — Reality or necessity? (Daniel Simões de Almeida)
  • How Firebird transactions work (Alexey Kovyazin)
  • Introducing the ACBr project (Daniel Simões de Almeida)
  • Configuring Linux servers for Firebird (Marcelo Daibert)
The conference is organized by FireBase, and this time it was held in a new place, located in the downtown, next to Piracicaba’s famous river, with easy access by car, taxi, bus or even by walking.

In the final session, there was a prizes draw among the attendees, with products offered by our sponsors and supporters. Along the day, attendees could buy products direct from our sponsors (IBSurgeon, FastReports, ActiveDelphi, IBObjects and Woll2Woll) with big discounts!

During the subscription process, attendees were able to donate money to the Firebird Foundation, to sponsor the development of the Firebird Project. The amount collected this year was R$ 3.567,53. The list of donors is at http://www.firebirddevelopersday.com.br/fdd/11fdd_donors.html.

The three major Piracicaba’s newspapers published news about the conference, who had attendees coming from 14 different states of Brazil, some of them travelling more than 2.000km.

Also, in the previous day of the conference, there was a special free presentation of IBSurgeon products (in English) to a selected number of attendees.






August 25, 2014
Firebird International Conference 2014 will take place on October 24-25, in Prague. 2 days of the intensive talks from Firebird core and drivers developers, vendors of leading Firebird tools and even legends of the database world: Ann Harrison and Jim Starkey.

Take a look at detailed talks descriptions. Don't miss the biggest event of the year, register now!
July 28, 2014
Jiri Cincura announces the 4.5.0.0 Release of ADO.NET provider for Firebird.

You can download it in the ".NET Provider" section of Downloads. Enjoy!

See blog.cincura.net for details.
July 18, 2014
Firebird Project is happy to announce general availability of Firebird 2.5.3 — the latest minor release in the Firebird 2.5 series.

This sub-release introduces several bug fixes and a few improvements, please refer to the 
Release Notes for the full list of changes. Binary kits for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X on both 32-bit and 64-bit platforms are immediately available for download.
July 02, 2014
Fireserver, new Linux distributive with focus on FirebirdSQL support, was recently announced: www.fireserver.com.br.

The FireServer Project is a Linux distribution based on CentOS and incorporates a Firebird database server infrastructure designed for high performance. Companies can install a powerful server optimized for the best performance of the database.
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