Subject RE: [firebird-support] Good place to learn firebird.
Author Pieter Claerhout
As a newcomer to the world of FireBird, I find it a real pity that there is
no official documentation included in the FireBird download. Every time, I
see that we are redirected to the documentation of Interbase 6, which is
fine, but does miss the specific features that are only available in

If I compare to other database engines, open or closed source, you always
get a whole bunch of docs with it which make it a lot easier to get started.

Is there anything going to change for this in regards to FireBird 2.0? I
think that if we want FireBird to be more accepted in general, we need to
have good documentation in place that is freely available for everybody.

I can imagine that a lot of people are not willing to invest time or even
have the time to find everything out themselves if there is no official
documentation. I can imagine that this is one of the "big" reasons why
people prefer other database engines over FireBird.

I'm currently working on a FireBird based project that doesn't have a
deadline, so I can take the time to learn more about it while developing.
I'm sure that if I would have had a deadline for the project, I would
probably never have evaluated FireBird and would have used another database

Just my 2 cents.


[ pieter claerhout | pieter@... <mailto:pieter@...> | <> ]


From: Paul Vinkenoog [mailto:paul@...]
Sent: 09 March 2004 22:52
Subject: Re: [firebird-support] Good place to learn firebird.

Hi Roye,

> Any recommendation for literature or site to learn "howto"
> on firebird ?

If you're new to it, I'd suggest
on> &page=ibp_download_documentation

Pick up the Quickstart Guide there to start with. If you want to learn
more, you'll also need the InterBase 6 beta docs (same page) and the
Release Notes of your Firebird version.

There's a lot more, but let's save that for later :-)

And stay in touch with this newsgroup.

Paul Vinkenoog


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