October 19, 2006

Borland DTG Sponsors the Firebird Conference 2006

Hard to believe at first, but I think this is a GREAT news. DevCo is sponsoring the FireBird Conference 2006 in Prague, in the coming month.

As you probably know, a few years ago Borland decided to open source its InterBase relational database (at the time at version 6.0), to later change its mind, and close source the following versions, up to the forthcoming InterBase 2007. The community picked up the open source project, turned it into FireBird, and started adding many features and improvements to it. FireBird is fully free and open source (unlike MySQL, as you can clearly read here) and it is making inroads in many communities. But this is another story.

What got my attention (thanks to Nando for pointing this out), is that after years of reciprocal recrimination and real battles, for the first time Borland (to be more precise the Developers Tools Group, or DevCo, within Borland) is not only talking to the people at FireBird, but even sponsoring their annnual conference. Kudos to the person behind this decision (I hope that mentioning it here won't cause a turmoil, maybe it was a sort of secret!).

I really hope that Borland, IBPhonenix, and all of the other players in the IB/FB field find a way of pushing the project together. What about providing extra features and services on top of the open source project, contributing to the core? What about creating the best tools for managing it and programming againts it? I really hope this (relatively small) signal is the start of a better relationship between two communities that should be a single one.



Borland DTG Sponsors the Firebird Conference 2006 

I would also like to see a cooperative effort between 
Borland DTG and the Free Pascal community.  Since  
Delphi is essentially a Windows only technology at 
this point. Kylix is an unsupported product. It is 
not even listed in the Classic Products section of 
the Borland Web site.  It would make allot of sense 
to be able to cross-compile server-side Delphi code 
of all types using the Free Pascal compiler.  This 
would make Linux, Solaris, FreeBSD and the MAC viable 
server platforms for Delphi developers.

Comment by Tom Wilk on October 20, 00:54

Borland DTG Sponsors the Firebird Conference 2006 

 This is not new, Borland Brazil was sponsor of the 
last 2 editions of Firebird Brazil Conference
Comment by Marcelo on October 22, 10:50

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