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 50% discount for Firebird Foundation members
 Contributed by Fikret Hasovic on 15 March 2007 04:10 PM

Milan Babuskov have created a Home Inventory software that uses Firebird embedded. To show his appreciation to the project, and perhaps make Firebird Foundation membership more attractive, he decided to give 50% discount to Foundation members on this and all his future programs that use Firebird.

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 Firebird support in Django
 Contributed by Fikret Hasovic on 9 March 2007 04:29 PM

Django is a high-level Python Web framework that encourages rapid development and clean, pragmatic design. David Elias has updated his patch for Firebird support in Django. All tests passed with the current version of this patch and author consider it in production-ready quality.

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 Firebird V2.01 RC2
 Contributed by Fikret Hasovic on 7 March 2007 02:59 PM

Firebird V2.01 Release Candidate 2 is available for download.

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 #firebird irc channel @ freenode.net
 Contributed by Fikret Hasovic on 27 February 2007 11:00 AM

There is a UNOFFICIAL channel now for Firebird and related stuff on freenode.net, #firebird. I welcome any and all interested or working with Firebird to come stop by.

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 IBExpert Version 2007.02.22
 Contributed by Fikret Hasovic on 23 February 2007 02:52 PM

IBExpert 2007.02.22
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1. Support of known Friebird 2.1 features implemented:
2. Create SUID procedures
3. Database Designer: drag-n-drop, autoincrement
4. Extract Metadata: support for secondary database
5. IBEBlock: ibec_Array, FOREACH
6. A lot of minor bugfixes and small improvements...
and much more ...

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 Delphi for PHP's VCL for PHP supports Firebird!
 Contributed by Fikret Hasovic on 23 February 2007 02:49 PM

According to David I , Delphi for PHP will officialy support Firebird:
"Components for database access include: Database, Table, Query, and Stored Procedure. CodeGear's InterBase (6, 6.5, 7.x and 2007) is directly supported using InterBase Express components that talk directly to the InterBase API for high performance database applications. Beyond InterBase, the following databases and database access mechanisms will also supported: ADO, ODBC and OLEDB providers, Access, FoxPro, FrontBase, FireBird, DB2, Informix (7.x), SQL Server (7 and 2000), MySQL, Oracle (8 and 9), PostGreSQL (6.x 7 and 8), SAPdb, SQLite, SQL Anywhere, and Sybase."
It will also be Open Source:
"VCL for PHP is built on several popular open source frameworks and libraries and will itself be open source."
Great news!

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 Database benchmark
 Contributed by Fikret Hasovic on 15 February 2007 04:48 PM

DevLoop has just published a free paper (US mirror) [zipped .pdf] benchmarking some popular database systems such as MySQL, PostgreSQL, Firebird, DB2, Informix, Sybase SQL Anywhere, on Linux using JDBC. The focus here is on non-real setups where we can analyze the individual aspects that might affect system performance. The code is available (GPL) so that anyone can reproduce the results.

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 Citrix use Firebird
 Contributed by Fikret Hasovic on 15 February 2007 04:32 PM

Citrix use Firebird within their EdgeSight monitoring product. Firebird has been in EdgeSight since the release of V4.0 over a year ago. Firebird is used for its lightweight but full featured database capabilities.

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 IBPhoenix Russia
 Contributed by Fikret Hasovic on 14 February 2007 03:06 PM

Today, three of the leading companies supporting Firebird and InterBase users, iBase.ru, IBSurgeon and IBPhoenix, signed a letter of intent to merge and combine all future operations of all three under the IBPhoenix banner. Russia-based activities and services will be offered from a newly-created establishment named IBPhoenix Russia.

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 FirebirdClient v2.1.0 Beta 2 released.
 Contributed by Fikret Hasovic on 11 February 2007 09:41 PM

FirebirdClient v2.1.0 Beta 2, ADO.NET Data Provider for Microsoft .NET 2.0, and mono is available for download.
Download information can be found here.

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