Subject Re: [firebird-support] firebird for beginners
Author Dan Wilson
hew_r3 wrote:
> Hi,
> I've just started working in an organisation that is using
> firebird. The person who implemented it is very hard to get hold
> of. The person I'm working with doesn't know a great deal about it,
> just basic maintenance of the database.
> I've installed it, run through the quick guides: eg. (in
> employeed.fdb) changed the password for sysdba and added a new
> user. I've downloaded flamerobin and connected to the employee.fdb
> database. I just don't understand where to go from here. I feel
> very noobish, but I've googled for "firebird tutorial"
> and "interbase tutorial" but am coming up short.
> Can anyone help me find some resources on the basics so I can have a
> play with employee.fdb? I think I'm just missing something, like
> whether you can open the database with a client and how? Whether
> there's something GUI, like MS Access or OpenOffice Base. I
> typed "help" while logged into the database through isql but it
> still didn't make a great deal of sense.
> I can't get hold of the files we use here yet but I am hoping to
> create a similar set up in the future. I think we are using it to
> store data and then create Crystal Reports from the database.
> Thanks,
> Hew
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Your best bet is to get "The Firebird Book" by Helen Borrie. It will
save you hours of time.

In the meantime, yes, clients are used to open databases. isql is one
such client, as is flamerobin. You can also write your own client using
any of a number of languages: C, C++, Delphi, PHP, Java, etc. A C api
comes with Firebird, but many other options exist which encapsulate the
C api into your language of choice.