Subject Jaybird 3.0.0 released
Author Mark Rotteveel
We are happy to announce the release of Jaybird 3.0.0.

Jaybird 3.0 is a big change from Jaybird 2.2 and earlier. The entire
low-level implementation has been rewritten to be able to support
protocol improvements in newer Firebird versions. We have also made
changes with a stricter interpretation of the JDBC requirements, and
removed some parts that were either obsolete or not functioning correctly.

Most notable changes in Jaybird 3:

- Support for wire protocol versions 11, 12, and 13 (without support
for encryption and compression); protocol version 13 contributed by
[Hajime Nakagami][1]
- Support for the Firebird 3 SRP (Secure Remote Password)
authentication mechanism (contributed by [Hajime Nakagami][1])
- Support for streaming backup and restore (contributed by [Ivan
- Improved Firebird 3 support
- Improved and stricter JDBC support (including improved `java.time`
support, and more optional methods implemented)
- Initial JDBC 4.3 (Java 9) support (without real module support)
- New implementation of the native/embedded Type 2 driver using JNA (a
jaybird `.dll`/`.so` is no longer needed)
- Improved character set handling
- Removal of (buggy) connection pool implementation
- Removal/replacement of (internal) GDS API

And a large number of smaller bug fixes, improvements, and changes.

We recommend that you do not consider Jaybird 3.0 a drop-in replacement
for Jaybird 2.2, and study the [release notes][3] carefully. Test your
application with Jaybird 3.0 before using it in production.

Jaybird 3.0 supports Firebird 2.0 and higher, on Java 7, 8 and 9. Basic
Java 9 compatibility is provided through the Java 8 version of the driver.

See also:

- [Jaybird 3.0.0 release notes][3]
- [Jaybird 3.0.0 downloads][4]
- [Instructions for Maven][5]


Mark Rotteveel