To Encrypt or not?

October 2nd, 2008

I came across this nice article "To Encrypt or not?" by Elinor Mills at CNET News; you can read it at

Bruce Schnier has a quote in this article; it goes "It’s data at rest that is at risk, not data in transit".

For those of you using databases do note that InterBase 2009 supports Database Encryption and Column-level Encryption thereby giving you the flexibility to select the data that you want stored encrypted. The GRANT/REVOKE commands can be used to selectively assign users access levels and nicely integrates with the builtin Encrytion Key Management facilities in InterBase. You can read about it in detail in the InterBase 2009 Data Definition guide, chapter "Encrypting your data".

The Nevada encrytion law referenced in the article above is detailed here. InterBase 2009 also provides over-the-wire encryption to encrypt database C/S communication via SSL. 

We just released Update 1 to InterBase 2009; you can download the updates from 

InterBase 2009 now available. Check it out!

September 10th, 2008

 Its been a while since I blogged about things InterBase. We have just released InterBase 2009. This release is exciting in many ways for us as it introduces InterBase to the world of data(base) encryption.Some salient features include:

  • Full Database encryption
  • Column-level data encryption
  • SQL Grant/Revoke privilege integrated with Encryption Key Management
  • Over-the-wire SSL encryption of C/S communication

Please make sure you read the ReleaseNotes.PDF and some of the newer chapters in the 6-manual set to get an understanding into the details of the implementation. Some additional chapters have been added to describe Disaster Recovery and Incremental Backup features introduced in InterBase 2007 a couple of years ago.

You will also notice that with InterBase 2009 the first 8 cpus/cores come licensed with the base product; thereby reducing the TCO significantly on SMP systems. This was introduced earlier this year for InterBase 2007 also.

Please visit to check out the details. This release is available for users on Windows, Linux, Solaris and MacOSX.You can download a free Trial or Developer Edition from

You can also watch or download a "What’s New in InterBase 2009" presentation to get more functional/technical insight on the main features in this release.

Congratulations, Firebird!

December 27th, 2007

Well, It has been 7 years since the Firebird project was born out of the Borland InterBase open source effort, and then hosted at the very popular SourceForge site.

Since then, the Firebird community of developers and users have made this project very popular by continuing to develop and release various versions of the core database engine and supporting connectivity tools.

It is fitting that the SourceForge community has chosen the Firebird project as the Project of the Month for December’2007.

Kudos and Congratulations to the Firebird team! Very well deserved indeed!

Introducing 3rdRail for Ruby on Rails, and InterBase

September 19th, 2007

From time to time a new programming language is born that makes the task of developing new (types of) applications easier. Ruby (born many years ago) is getting a lot of attention nowadays mainly due to Ruby on Rails (or RoR), a web framework.

CodeGear has just announced 3rdRail, an IDE primarily focused on Ruby on Rails application development. 3rdRail supports Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. To simplify your RoR application development with a mature database right from your IDE, CodeGear has packaged InterBase Developer Edition along with 3rdRail.

For InterBase, this is very exciting; being able to address an exciting technology for developers in a new space. As you may have noticed, this means that InterBase has just released support for the Mac OS X. For the last 7 years or so, InterBase was only available on Windows, Linux and Solaris. Now, we have ported InterBase to Mac OS X and bring its powerful feature set to that emerging platform. More on this in a later post.

Of course, support for 3rdRail with InterBase would not have been possible without providing native connectivity to Ruby. This is where IBRuby comes in. Thanks to its lineage from Fireruby, and some stupendous work from Richard Vowles, IBRuby provides everything that you need to work with InterBase from Ruby, RoR and 3rdRail. Thanks, Richard!
I encourage you to visit GrabTheRail and checkout the excitement! Don’t forget to checkout the cool demos!

Want to get better performance from InterBase 2007?

July 20th, 2007

Then, you may want to download InterBase 2007 Service Pack 2 update from the "registered users" site at

The Service Pack is available for InterBase 2007 users on Windows, Linux and Solaris.

All the changes (including those to the SQL Optimizer and Disaster Recovery features) are detailed in the IB2007UpdateGuide.pdf document that is included in the download. The Update Guide can also be downloaded from if you want to read it before downloading SP2.

CodeRage: that was exciting!

March 16th, 2007

The CodeGear Developer Relations team put together a one of a kind Virtual Conference this year. CodeRage took place this week and was a great success! Thanks to our DevRel team, all the CodeRage presentations are available here.

InterBase had a few presentations focusing on some exciting features and integrations with other CodeGear products such as Delphi 2007 for Win32 and Delphi for PHP.

The InterBase 2007 presentation is available here. The presentation is organized in 2 parts: the first part is a 20 minute PowerPoint presentation from me, followed by a very interesting demo of InterBase 2007 Disaster Recovery features and Incremental Dump by Charlie Caro. I encourage you all to check it out at your leisure.

Andreano also demo’d InterBase with Delphi for PHP. That was cool too! Check it out (22 minutes into the presentation) here

Jose Leon specifically demo’d PHP database support, and InterBase Express for PHP. Check it out here

There were also presentations from Bill Todd and Craig Stuntz, Craig’s (on INTL support in InterBase) is available here. Bill’s presentation on “Creating a Disaster Recovery Plan with InterBase“ is an excellent coverage of your planning process WRT disaster recovery in InterBase, and should be listened to in addition to Charlie’s demo of the features in this area.

Thanks to all the participants and attendees!

InterBase 2007 whitepapers for Embedded and SME deployments

February 6th, 2007

We have just released 2 white papers addressing specific market segments for InterBase. The papers detail why InterBase 2007 is a compelling database choice to service your needs, as compared to some of the other alternatives.

If you are a VAR/OEM, or a developer, looking to embed a database with your application, please take a look at this paper.

If you are a SME (Small to Medium Enterprise) looking for a database to support your applications, please take a look at this paper.

InterBase 2007 Developer Edition now available

January 5th, 2007

Hi Folks!

fresh off the oven….

InterBase 2007 Developer Edition is now available for free download at this site

This is the first time a Developer Edition for InterBase is generally available. Previously, you got Developer Editions only with some editions of Borland/CodeGear IDEs.

So, please feel to download and use it for Development purposes with your favourite Borland and CodeGear development tools, and also with other development environments.

Please note that this Developer Edition now allows "remote client" applications to connect to the database server. This will hopefully help you in testing your applications with the database server during development.

The Developer Edition just released is available as separate downloads for Windows, Linux and Solaris. This is also a first for Linux and Solaris environments.

Hello World!

January 4th, 2007

Hello All! Hoping to get blogging in the near future… Happy New year!

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