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Re: Comparing databases

From: "Merlin Moncure" <merlin(dot)moncure(at)rcsonline(dot)com>
To: "Paul Ganainm" <paulsnewsgroups(at)hotmail(dot)com>
Cc: <pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: Comparing databases
Date: 2003-11-22 18:11:55
Message-ID: 303E00EBDD07B943924382E153890E5434AA16@cuthbert.rcsinc.local (view raw or flat)
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Paul Ganainm wrote:
> Interbase/Firebird is probably (at least as far as I can see) the
> closest to PostgreSQL in terms of other available databases, and while
I
> have no objection whatsoever to anybody pointing out the benefits of
> PostgreSQL, I really feel that it shouldn't be done by telling
> mistruths.

Firebird is a good product.  I can't speak for Mr. Treat, but I think
you will find any misstated facts about said database to be purely
unintentional.  

The story of Interbase is a sad one.  Borland really dropped the ball,
charging 3000$ for its development kit (enterprise Delphi/bcb) PLUS site
licensing for the database.  Many developers got stung by the BDE and
vowed never to return to Borland software (many of them are probably
running linux today).  During the mid 90's it was surely the most
advanced platform available for win32 application development.  By the
time Borland switched gears, it was too late and MS sql server took over
the small/medium business market.

Here in the advocacy, the contributors here almost always try to present
arguments in a factual, objective light.  Having programmed in C++
Builder in the past, I know where you are coming from.

Merlin

p.s. one of my peeves wrt Firebird was the 64k row limit, is that still
the case?

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