Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 13th Nov 2006 03:17 UTC, submitted by samyem
Databases After 2 years in development, the Firebird Project today officially releases the much-anticipated version 2.0 of its open source Firebird relational database software during the opening session of the fourth international Firebird Conference in Prague, Czech Republic.
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Whats special?
by lawina on Mon 13th Nov 2006 03:25 UTC
lawina
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2006-01-20

Can somebody please enlighten me?
Whats so special about Firebird when compared to databases like PostgreSQL, MySQL or even SQL lite?

Edited 2006-11-13 03:26

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RE: Whats special?
by aesiamun on Mon 13th Nov 2006 04:00 in reply to "Whats special?"
aesiamun Member since:
2005-06-29

http://www.firebirdnews.org/docs/fb2min.html

basically it's a fully featured sql server that can be embedded. Various commercial software packages use variants of firebird or it's commercial cousin from Borland. Veritas is the big one that I know of.

Read the link...that's basically why you should use it over mysql...but then again mysql isn't a competitor when it comes to true sql database engines.

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RE[2]: Whats special?
by ggeldenhuys on Mon 13th Nov 2006 07:03 in reply to "RE: Whats special?"
ggeldenhuys Member since:
2006-11-13

The US defense force also use Interbase (parent of Firebird).

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RE: Whats special?
by smitty on Mon 13th Nov 2006 04:12 in reply to "Whats special?"
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2005-10-13

MySQL - missing lots of more advanced features, but is faster.
PostgreSQL - feature parity, but not embeddable.

I'm not too familiar with Firebird, but it sounds like a pretty nice DB. It's based on the old Borland Interbase.

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RE: Whats special?
by aesiamun on Mon 13th Nov 2006 04:55 in reply to "Whats special?"
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2005-06-29

Sorry...I was wrong...Veritas uses Sybase...not firebird.

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RE: Whats special?
by ggeldenhuys on Mon 13th Nov 2006 07:00 in reply to "Whats special?"
ggeldenhuys Member since:
2006-11-13

It is a real pity that Firebird doesn't get the attention it deserves compared to other open-source RDMS. It's like an undiscovered gem! For me Firebird beats the pants off MySQL and PostgreSQL. It has more features, is rock solid and stable, is really fast, has an extremely small install footprint, is easy to manage and easy to deploy. I use it for all my commercial and open-source work.

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RE[2]: Whats special?
by grfgguvf on Mon 13th Nov 2006 07:08 in reply to "RE: Whats special?"
grfgguvf Member since:
2006-09-25

It's always like that. The mediocre products get all the hype, and you have to hunt to find the gems.

Actually the same is true even for music bands for example.

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