Firebird is a fork of Interbase database, made in 2000 just a week after Interbase was open-sourced. First stable version of the new codebase was released in 2004, with migration from C to C++ being underway since 2000.
We support Firebird directly in our products! You don't need separate drivers and can immediately connect to your database.
Firebird has steadily improved over the years, but remains mostly used for local databases, less for remote connections. Firebird uses MVCC (multi-version concurrency control) it inherited from Interbase, avoiding conflicts in simultaneous transactions. Downside of MVCC is required periodic sweeping of the database.
Good thing is, being an open-source database, there are no limits in database size, memory usage and like. Free versions of heavy-weight databases (such as DB2, Oracle or SQL Server) are limited in resource usage not to compete with their commercial editions. Its inadequacy for remote work is even reflected in the fact that you need to know exact location on the database in the server’s filesystem when connecting to a remote server. Firebird can’t compete with databases designed for client/server workloads.
There are many reports on lack of reliability of Firebird servers, but less so in recent versions. However, release cycle is pretty long. Firebird can work with Interbase database files, however, its support is lagging behind the latest releases.
All our products support Firebird database natively. No drivers are needed, you will be able to work with Firebird as soon as you run our applications.(related files: fdb, ib, gdb)
It may make sense to migrate your data away from Firebird. You may want to do it permanently or just need to share your tables with a collague in a different format.
We will copy all your tables with their data and apply indexing and relationships exactly as they are in your current Firebird database. In a nutshell, you get exactly the same database in another database engine. Each time you run the migration, we will copy all the tables again. Of course, we have a built-in scheduler, so you can run this overnight and have a fresh database copy in the morning.
Have a need to import data from various sources into your Firebird database? Luckily we support many popular database formats to make this easy for you. Instead of messing with exporting from source, then working your way to somehow import data into Firebird, use our tool to copy all desired tables directly - quickly and easily.
If you have already created your target database (by yourself or using our Full Convert product), you can synchronize data in your target database with your original Firebird database. We never pollute your databases with additional tables or triggers for replications. We never even write to your source database.
Replication allows you to update your target database very often, as we always write just a minimum of changes needed to bring databases in sync. For example, if you added three records to a single table in your Firebird database, our replication product will write those three records to target database and nothing else. If you deleted some records, changed some others and inserted some, again – our product will pick that up and replay those changes in the target databases without touching existing data that should stay there. Our products are highly optimized for real-world workloads, so data that's inserted into different areas of table are combined and written using high-speed algorithms, as available in a specific target database.
You can run database replication often, as your target database is never empty while replication runs. You will simply see that your changes are applied on each run.
When you want a stellar SQL writing experience, our Query allows you to easily and quickly write your queries. It will autocomplete as you type and allow you to instantly view your data.
Database diagrams only get you so far. You may want to keep HTML mini-website for your database documentation so all your developers can be in the loop and quickly locate needed information. You may need it for a client report, or to distribute your database schema as a CHM file to people who need it.
Our products even allow you to upload the documentation to your FTP server, so your website copy is always current.