Subject Re: [Firebird-general] Re: General Comparision of Firebird versus MS SQL 2000
Author Martijn Tonies

> > As for admin tools, be sure to try IB Expert Free Personal Edition
> >
> Wow, I did not know this tool. Looks very cool. Previously I had used
> IBAccess and IB_SQL but they were relative simple and look&feel was a
> bit clumsy.
> IBExpert indeed goes to the same level (or over) as SQLServer's
> EnterpriseManager tool.
> I did find one serious problem and it was UNICODE support. I could
> connect to databases as UNICODE_FSS charset. My databases (in every
> db server) always are unicodes to make international-aware dbapps
> work well.
> But then none of the Firebird admintools can give me unicode enabled
> data editors. IBExpert "Data" tabsheet lists all records in a table,
> but then my unicode string looks very interesting in ascii format:
> Känkkäränkkä = Känkkäränkkä
> Röxör City = Röxör City

Not free - but try Database Workbench for Firebird (low cost) at - you can set the datagrids to a specific encoding
and customers use it to view Chinese and Japanese data without problems.

With regards,

Martijn Tonies
Database Workbench - the developer tool for InterBase & Firebird
Upscene Productions