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 Firebird bigger than MySQL on Windows
 Contributed by Janus on 21 April 2006 11:12 AM

Marten Mikos says that 40% of MySQL is on Windows. Taking an installed base of 5 mln, this means about 2 mln on Windows. Firebird is 70..80% on Windows, so >2 mln. Marten further wants to be partners with Microsoft. "Hi Bill, I've just hired Firebird's Jim Starkey to write Falcon and compete with SQLServer head-on. Want to be friends?"

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 Are you ready?!
 Contributed by Fikret Hasovic on 20 April 2006 02:26 PM

Are you ready for TPC-C based test results? Are you looking forward to know who is the winner?! Be prepared - 4th issue of IBDeveloper is coming soon!

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 IBPhoenix Share Issue
 Contributed by Fikret Hasovic on 20 April 2006 10:23 PM

Since IBPhoenix is a UK Ltd company - it has a right to issue shares to potential investors in the company, I have been contemplating this for quite a while, and wondered if there would be any interest out there for Firebird users, companies etc that would like to become shareholders in IBPhoenix? There are a number of reasons for thinking about this…

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 BDS2006 Update #2 - English
 Contributed by Fikret Hasovic on 19 April 2006 02:40 PM

Now available for all registered users of BDS 2006. This is a patch that will install on either the initial released version or the C++Builder update version.

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 INFORMATION_SCHEMA for Firebird
 Contributed by Fikret Hasovic on 19 April 2006 11:08 AM

Lorenzo Alberton writes:

"The SQL 2003 Standard introduced a new schema called INFORMATION_SCHEMA. PostgreSQL, SQL Server and now MySQL have it. ORACLE, DB2, Sybase, Ingres, Informix and other DBMS have something similar, usually called System Tables. The INFORMATION_SCHEMA is meant to be a set of views you can query using regular SELECT statements, for instance if you need to know something about the defined triggers, or the structure of a table to which you have access. Firebird doesn't have it, but you can retrieve pretty much everything you need from the system tables. These are metadata tables, their names start with "RDB$". Let's see how we can retrieve some useful informations from them."

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 Datanamic Releases DeZign for Databases V4.0
 Contributed by Fikret Hasovic on 18 April 2006 10:49 AM

DeZign for Databases is a database modeling and design tool with an intuitive visual interface that allows you to accurately design, create and maintain your database. It provides full support for ER-modeling (Entity-Relationship) techniques and supports most popular SQL and desktop databases.

This version added support for Firebird 2.0

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 JDBStudio 0.0.6 released
 Contributed by Janus on 16 April 2006 11:12 AM

Arek Heldt has released version 0.0.6 of his Java based GUI admin tool for Firebird and Fyracle. JDBStudio is a database tool written in java thus runnable on many operating systems. It simplifies browsing, editing and querying of databases by providing an intuitive and consistent Graphical User Interface. JDBStudio is an excellent replacement for Oracle SQL*Plus, Microsoft SQL Query Analyzer and tens of other similar tools. Don't be fooled by the low version number.

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 New builds of ODBC driver version 1.3 and 2.0
 First seen on IBPhoenix on 16 April 2006 11:08 AM

Vladimit Tsvigun has released new builds of the ODBC driver: 2.0.0130 and 1.3.0094 are available. These builds are bug fix releases.

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 Solid to GPL part of its database
 Contributed by Janus on 15 April 2006 07:20 PM

ZDNet writes: "Solid Information Technology, a proprietary database vendor will take its solidDB Storage Engine open source, under the GPL, starting in June. Solid has its base in telecommunications and has 3 million copies out at places like Alcatel, Cisco, EMC, HP, NEC, Nokia, and Nortel." The open source part will be another transactional back-end for a MySQL front-end. New developer experience: porting your apps between different back ends of the same database system.

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 More eyes on the code = better quality
 Contributed by Fikret Hasovic on 14 April 2006 11:06 AM

From Dmitry Yemanov

Adriano dos Santos Fernandes has joined the Firebird code reviewing team (we can now call it a team, since there are now two people involved in this task - Claudio and Adriano). Adriano will be assisted by a grant from the Firebird Foundation.

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