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From the Frontiers of Research to the Heart of the Enterprise
O'Reilly Open Source Convention
Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina
July 22-26, 2002 -- San Diego, CA



Firebird & Active Databases
Ann Harrison, IBPhoenix

Track: Databases
Date: Thursday, July 25
Time: 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Location: Grande Ballroom C

Firebird differs from other open source databases in several ways. By design, it is small and portable, running on Linux, Windows, Solaris, HP/UX, AIX, Darwin, BSD, and others. Its license is based on the Mozilla license, making it compatible with proprietary applications. The same licensing terms apply across all platforms.

Firebird is easy to install and manage. It is built from the sources of InterBase(r), which Borland Software released two years ago. Borland distributed InterBase widely with its development tools, so a "low hassle" database was important to them.

Most important, Firebird is an active database. For many applications, most of the processing takes place within the database, improving performance by reducing the network traffic between client and server.

This talk will introduce Firebird to those unfamiliar with it, focusing on the active database features and the type of application that benefits most from them.

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