Firebird News

Saturday, December 17, 2016

LibreOffice bug #103074 : Implement Boolean Type for Firebird driver is now fixed


Bunth Tamás committed a patch related to issue #103074 : Implement Boolean Type for FB driver .
It has been pushed to "master":

It will be available in 5.4.0.

The patch should be included in the daily builds available at
http://dev-builds.libreoffice.org/daily/ in the next 24-48 hours. More
information about daily builds can be found at:
http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Testing_Daily_Builds

Affected users are encouraged to test the fix and report feedback.

ps:
From the list a of Firebird integration blockers there are only a few left

Listed blockers:

   70425: EDITING: Embedded Firebird - Copying integer values from Calc to Base impossible  See dependency tree for bug 70425
   70506: EDITING: Embedded Firebird - Alias in queries are ignored  See dependency tree for bug 70506
   104316: FIREBIRD 3 : attempting to open a Firebird 3 embedded ODB database file fails to draw all UI elements, causes general LibreOffice UI malfunction

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Firebird 3 by default in LibreOffice 5.4

Lots of missing features & big bugs were fixed recently .
All of the blockers that were initially mentioned on tracking bug are now fixed.

Lionel mentioned that he added a few more blockers that needs to be fixed until Firebird will be switched by default :
I went over
https://bugs.documentfoundation.org/buglist.cgi?quicksearch=firebird
and added a few open bugs to the blocker bug
https://bugs.documentfoundation.org/51780
based on their description (and NEW instead of UNCONFIRMED status)
only, without reading the bug log in great detail.
Tamás Bunth (Wastack) agreed that 6 months time frame is more than enough to fix bugs that will appear
I agree, it would be reasonable to wait a half year. Until that we can
fix the already found and the upcoming bugs, solve the backward
incompatibility. Even if those can be solved quickly we can upgrade to
the c++ API. 
Another issue is importing old hsqldb databases without java installed

It requires making a read-only parser for the HSQLDB "cached" table
data format in another language than Java. Most definitely possible,
the format may even be better documented than "read the source code".


Service for migrating Firebird 2.5 format to Firebird 3.0

On Libreoffice Devel there is a thread about migration of the already created odb files with 2.5 databases inside (fdb) but also about the forward and backward compatibility of the Firebird backup archive (fbk).
https://lists.freedesktop.org/archives/libreoffice/2016-November/075953.html

Lionel added notes about upgrading in the wiki :

People trade privacy for convenience or the other way round all the time. People that in this case favor convenience can use the hypothetical web service. People that favor privacy can follow the instructions at
https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Development/Base/FirebirdSQL#Older_Firebird_databases(which the web service should point towards for information).While I'm not exactly lobbying for this web service, we are a volunteer-driven organisation and if Tamás feels like doing it, all the merrier.