Manager for Interbase DB + Connection information

Posted on 2007-10-18
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Last Modified: 2013-12-09
Hey there guys,

I am migrating a application of mine from a MS Access DB to an Interbase DB for obviouse reasons. My issue is that i need this to be as easy as it is to build a Access DB. I need a good Interbase / Firebird Manager Application that will allow me to visually build tables and columns and input data.

I have been loking at:

Could someone recommend a good development application for me to build a Interbase/Firebird DB with.


Once i have built this i will be conecting my application to it, currently iuse Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0 to connect to my Access DB, what would be used to connect to a Interbase DB?

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NickUpson earned 1200 total points
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my first choice is DevStudio from www.sqlly.com
my second is DBworkbench from http://www.upscene.com/

both have a free trial

I'm not an expert in the Microsoft.jet area but I believe there is an oledb method available for interbase.
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by:Jaime Olivares
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Try with these products that support interbase:
Database Workshop 5.52 : http://database-workshop.download-823-27456.datapicks.com/
Database Tour 5.3: http://database-tour.download-572-23852.datapicks.com/
CASE Studio 2 v 2.23: http://case-studio-2.download-627-33360.datapicks.com/

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ID: 20102857
Does DevStudio allow you to enter data too?
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ID: 20103239
yes, both directly into a grid or using insert statements

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ID: 20103347
Can someone explain this to me a little... Interbase/Firebird databases require a database server to run the database?

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yes, with access you just write to the file,as interbase/firebird are true client/server databases there is a process on the server that you talk to, that process is the only process that then updates the file on the disk, In particular the database file must not be on a shared drive, it won't work

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ID: 20103794
ok this was helpfull:

Download and Install the Firebird application (as superserver and service) into %systemdrive%\fbsql I installed into d:\fbsql, and I will use this as my example, you may have another. I believe the default is c:\Program Files\Firebird SQL. When I installed I basically selected all the defaults except for my install path.
after install start service

Go to Start, Run, and open cmd promt:
cd d:\fbsql
bin\gsec -user sysdba -password masterkey -database

Once in GSEC... you have a prompt: GSEC>
GSEC> Add dbuser -pw yourpassword -fname fullname
GSEC> display
GSEC> quit

Next open the sample database:
bin\isql localhost:d:\fbsql\examples\employee.fdb -u dbuser -p

Now lets create mydb, you now have a prompt: SQL>
SQL>create database 'localhost:d:\fbsql\mydb.fdb';

You now have a new database created and you should be able to log in like so:
d:\fbsql\bin\isql localhost:d:\fbsql\mydb.fdb -u dbuser -p yourpassword

- OR - from a remote host (if you installed the client)

pathto\isql servername:d:\fbsql\mydb.fdb -u dbuser -p yourpassword

So now i have Db and access to it... i used the trail version of DevStudio to add some tables and columns... Now i have created a new projects and what to make a connection to my DB... Is there a specific DataProvider ineed to use to do this?


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ID: 20104906
ok for anyone interested in how to setup Firebird for use with Visual Studio it is a super tricky process, and after MUCH searching around for information, i can across this walkthrough... the best by far:


Files you will need to get this done can be loaced at:

Don't forget to download and install: DDEX Provider for Visual Studio 2005

Hope that help,


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