Subject Re: [IB-Architect] Access Firebird by DBExpress and other drivers
Author David Jencks
I agree with everything you say. We do have a jdbc driver, that also
functions in a j2ee app server as a jca adapter. There is a odbc driver
but I do not know its status.

I think one of the main selling points of firebird is that it is the only
free open source db that supports xa semantics. Although apparently often
neglected, this is very important anything but the smallest enterprise
applications to assure consistency between many disparate databases,
messaging systems, and other resource managers.

david jencks

On 2002.08.05 00:00:41 -0400 chau_chee_yang wrote:
> Hi,
> Basically, the firebird 1.0 is fully compatible with IB 6.0. Most of
> the developers who choose Interbase as the database are using
> Borland's products like Delphi or C++ builder to build front end
> applications. At the meantime, I can use DBX to access Firebird 1.0
> easily without any problem, just like what I did with Interbase 6.0.
> The problem is borland has decided to support DBX as their future
> database access engine. BDE will not be enhanced anymore. Thus, we
> can foresee the DBX will be the favorite database accessing
> components. Althought there are third part tools like IBObjects and
> others which can or may continue support firebird 2.0, but there are
> not the mainstream nor they are free or shipped with Delphi.
> To make the Firebird widespread and finally replaced the Interbase, I
> think we should develop an DBX engine for Firebird. As time pass,
> the gaps between Interbase and Firebird will be larger and larger and
> we won't be able to access Firebird 2.0 using DBX's IB driver anymore.
> Firebird just can't survive by itself, it has to accompany with
> powerful development tools and a group of developers who support it.
> Besides DBX, I think there should be more access engine available for
> firebird like ODBC, ADO, JDBC and others. This will make
> programmers' life easy by just use this engine instead of calling the
> API.
> Besides this, MySQL that already got a large group of users will be a
> competitor of Firebird as MySQL already has DBX engine. I can
> foresee MySQL that was largely used by internet based applications
> will be the most fast growing database in the market.
> I am not critise on Firebird's strategy, I just wish the firebird's
> developers has a good understanding of the market and the needs of
> users. I love the versioning of Interbase/Firebird that other
> database don't support.
> Perhaps it is now the time to think about how can firebird used its'
> advantage to conquer the database market.
> --
> Best Regards,
> Chau Chee Yang
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