FIBPlus is a flexible and easy-to-use library of Delphi, C++ Builder, Kylix components and Ada objects for direct work with InterBase and Firebird (Yaffil). It has been made for developers of database applications. From the very outset we were developing it in accordance with our customers' wishes and requests. Every component, method and property is intended to solve the most common daily tasks.
At present FIBPlus supports Borland Delphi 5-7, BDS 2005-2007 (Turbo Delphi/C++), Rad Studio 2009-2010, C++ Builder 5-6, Kylix 3, gnat-3.15p, gnat2006 GPL, Borland InterBase 4.x-2007 and Firebird 1.x-2.x (Yaffil).
Using FIBPlus you have a diversity of great advantages, such as:
- FIBPlus supports all versions of InterBase starting with 4.0, Firebird starting with 1.0 (including Embedded Firebird) and Yaffil.
- Applications based on FIBPlus do not requre any middleware (BDE, ODBC, etc). You need only standard client software (gds32.dll, fbclient.dll)
- Compatibility with any standard and third-party data-aware components and report generators (TDBEdit, TDBGrid, TDBChart, ..., InfoPower, DevExpress, EhLib, IntraWeb, ASTA, FastReport, QuickReport, Report Builder,Context Database Designer, TMS Scripter Studio, TMSAdvDBGrid, DataAbstract, Fast Query Builder, Rave Report, Rubicon,Jazmine (JCW)...)
- Improved performance in comparison with its analogues. In particular, TpFIBDataSet works 30-40% faster than TIBDataSet from IBX, uses 60-70% less memory and works 3-4 times faster with lookup-fields.
- Components implement built-in mechanismes of network traffic optimization in multiuser applications and applications for low-speed channels (local BLOB-filters, metadata and repeatable query caching, master-detail link optimization, local sorting and filtering, etc).
- Unique features: field setting repository, query repository, error message repository; centralized handling of exceptions, Unicode support, and many others.
- We offer you volume discounts on FIBPlus and our customers also have discounts on the products of our partners (FastReport, ShellPlus).
- Our customers have free updates and new versions during a year after the purchasing and may have 30% or 50% discounts on prolongation/upgrade.
We are a small software company with thousands of customers delivering comany wide systems including accounting, logistics, e-commerce, POS, sales etc etc. Several years ago, when we were still a very small company, we used Delphi 3 and Paradox combined with BDE. As our system (and customer base) grew I decided to switch to Delphi 5 and Interbase. Being a huge improvement over Delphi 3 and Paradox, I encountered numerous problems with IBX: memory leaks, performance issues and other problems. Borland was not to be bothered: IBX was provided "as is" and no support was avaliable.
Not being very eager to use third party components with Delphi at first, I decided to give FIBPlus a try. At once all problems where gone: no more memory leaks and performance was very consistent.
But the real advantage of switching to FIBPlus came with the upgrade to D2005: after upgrading there were some problems with the new FIBPlus version. After emailing the problem I received an update within an hour! And this was at 11 pm! A few other (smaller) errors where handled in the same way.
Our motto is: software is as good as its support. And support of Devrace is just great!
Just a little indication of our FIBPlus use: all our software runs 100% on FIBPlus. Our customers have a total of aprox. 4.800 Firebird databases in production, with a combined size of over 130TB and over 80 million transactions a day. Every
day. And FIBPlus has not failed a single transaction. Not once. There is, however, one (minor) drawback in using FIBPlus: while debugging an application which uses and invalid SQL instruction, de Delphi Debugger returns to the FIBPlus code instead of to our calling code (where the actual error comes from), thereby complicating de debug proces a little. But that is a very small price to pay for a otherwise brilliant third party solution! >>Bas Jordans JorSoft Ltd
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