FIBPlus has taken the headache out of this project. When I got the current contract, FIBPlus was included on the work computer from the client. I quickly found it easier to use and more powerful than any other Firebird component suite I had tested. When I ran into a problem setting up a persistent calculated field, the tech support people saved the day. I would also add that I tested Zeos, IBX, DBGo, UIB, and other FBconnectors. FIBPlus outperformed all of them, and FIBPlus was run on an older machine than the others were. That was most impressive.
During a re-write of a very large software system we were having some difficulties utilizing a 3rd party grid that we had chosen. The dataset connectivity was very flaky due to the complex joins and updates we were using which caused the grids to behave very sketchy. FIBPlus was the perfect solution for us. After implementing it everything became so much easier. The grid functionality stabilized, data retrieval was much faster, and we were pleasantly surprised by many of the unique features of your components. We were especially impressed with your pFIBUpdateObject components which allowed us to very easily update the multiple tables we were using in our joins. Many thanks for your great components.
Jonathan Neve, Microtech, France: We use FIBPlus in all our applications, and we're very satisfied. If you're coming from IBX, FIBPlus is an especially good choice in as much as it has a common origin, and therefore, a similar structure, so conversion from IBX to FIBPlus is rather easy.
Evelyne Girard, Canada: When I had to find the best component to connect to my Firebird databases, FIBPlus imposed itself with its rapidity and reliability. Most importantly, it continued to evolve to be even better and whenever we had a problem, it was fixed promptly by Devrace team. We use FIBPlus in many projects related to Healthcare. We have hundreds of users who access databases up to 8 GB in size. I think there are many good third-party components out there, but not so many with an excellent support like the one provided for FIBPlus components. Thanks to you.
Bas Jordans JorSoft Ltd:
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!
Mario van Zeist Technical Director Euphoria Software:
We have been using FIBPlus for one of our product lines for nearly a year now; we are impressed by its speed,
versatility, and innovation. Also support has been great, all support questions are adequately and swiftly answered.
My special thanks to Marina and Sergey and the rest from the FIBPlus Team for their great product and support.
Nathan Probst, Co-Founder Kazoie LLC: Coming from a Java/OO background, it has been a real pleasure working with FIBPlus in Delphi. I'm very picky about good code design, and FIBPlus has it in spades!
Darryl Caillouet Programmer City of Little Rock: Our 911 dispatch center needed a program to monitor the status of equipment used in emergency situations. If one dispatcher modified the status of a piece of equipment, all the other dispatchers needed to see this change immediately. The most elegant way to implement this was by using Firebird Events to asynchronously notify all the users whenever a pertinent change had occurred at the database server. After failing to implement this myself using the Firebird API, I bought a copy of FIBPlus. I dropped a Database, EventAlert and ErrorHandler control into a C++ Builder DataModule and within minutes I had all the functionality I needed. I was able to complete the project quickly and the users are thrilled with the results because I gave them more features than they originally asked for.
Bill Todd, president of The Database Group, Inc., a contributing editor to Delphi Informant Magazine, and a member of Team B: "FIBPlus is a great choice if you're going to work with InterBase and/or Firebird. The components let you easily use all the features of both databases in your applications...FIBPlus will make your InterBase and Firebird development easier than ever before...". Read the full story.
Benoit Le Bourhis, Adhoc Innovations: What a good job you did! Keep coding great pieces of fast and efficient software:) We started using FIBPlus back in 2001. Since then, every project we offer uses FIBPlus to connect to FirebirdSQL. You library has always been stable, flexible and rocket fast ! Our major project, an helpdesk/data mining application, concurrently used daily by more that a hundred technicians and analysts, uses FIBPlus. Now that FirebirdSQL 2.0 is available, we have been able to upgrade our application quickly and painlessly - that's another reason you can be proud of your work !
Nico Callewaert: Waaaaw, what a difference in support with IBO, most of the time when I asked something there, I got a arrogant answer. This is really great and I must say, there is a significant difference in speed that FIBPlus is faster!
Debbie Holmgren, VP of Sales, Delphi Informant Magazine: Well, the ballots are in and the votes for the 2003 Delphi Informant Readers Choice Awards have been tallied - Congratulations Devrace, you are the runner-up in Database Connectivity category!