Subject Re: [ib-support] Certified Build
Author Robert F. Tulloch
> Actually, one way of looking at the situation is that Borland
> has come around to the position that everyone hoped for in
> October of 1999. InterBase is funded and "backed" by Borland.
> Of course, the group is somewhat smaller and several good people
> are gone, but the product has a future. I do feel a bit like
> the soldier in the cartoon, raising his head to look across a
> bloody smoking battlefield, realizing he's the last one standing,
> and saying "I won... I think."

I a glad it has a future bu us puny little developer can't sell a product that
requires a $200.00 lic fee for each user connecting.

I was under the impression (as many others were) that Borland was going to make
money off support and a very nominal amount for the actual "certified" product to
cover EasySoft. Just using the EasySoft driver with the free IB is a killer for a low
end app using IB.

> Free thanks to the good work of people like Mark O'Donohue,
> Frank Schlottmann-Goedde, Mike Nordell, Tom Coleman, Reed Mideke,
> Patrick Griffin, Sean Leyne ...

And that is much appreciated.

> <begin bitching>
> I had a release candidate, but it doesn't work with dbExplorer and
> BDE. Of course, it's designed for V6 and BDE is not. Not being
> a Borland person, I don't have either of those tools so I rely on
> others for testing. Since the error returned is "object not found"
> and the SQL log from the ODBC manager doesn't show any problems
> it's a bit hard to debug. The driver as I got it was very weak on
> metadata calls - I'm fixing them as I find them, between bouts of
> trying to fix databases and get various versions of InterBase running
> on various platforms (HP/IX, IB 3.3 anyone?) and answering the odd
> mail message.
> <end bitching>

Seriously, what is going on with this? (Assuming it is the Starkey driver).

I tested this and returned comments twice about six months or more ago and never
heard back on my second set of comments. I think maybe it was Paul Beach doing it??? I
don't remember though. It seems like it is lost in the fog. It would seem to me very
disheartening to those who have contributed (assuming this is the same driver) and
those who want to contribute but expect a little more than "faith" after such a long
time. My god, Nick Gorham banged out EasySoft in very short order and is indeed an
excellent product.


Best regards