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ID: 16837, InterBase Connectivity

by Craig Stuntz Email: Anonymous


I will cover general connections methods including ODBC, JDBC and Perl DBI drivers, and also discuss how InterBase data may be presented via the World Wide Web, using servers such as Apache and Microsoft's Internet Information Server, using active server pages, ADO, PHP, ColdFusion, and iHTML to name a few.
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As many of you will be aware InterBase is a high performance, relational database management system, providing SQL92 conformance, good transaction model, extensible user defined functions, and powerful stored procedures. However as I am sure you are all more than aware, all that's of no use, if you can't connect to and provide data for your application, web server or development system. Luckily, the connectivity options available to potential user of InterBase are legion, in fact to a new recruit, the number and range of options may be somewhat daunting. Compared to many of the other relational databases that are available, InterBase appears to be one of the simplest to install, and by using the available console and command line tools, connect, and retrieve data via simple SQL statements. This talk is aimed at both the new and existing user of InterBase who may be in this position. Having installed InterBase and verified its running, then having created a few test tables and inserted some data using either IBConsole or isql, you are now wondering what to do next.

It is not my intention, in this talk, to cover connection via IBX, BDE or IBObjects, these methods have been very well documented elsewhere and the audience may well have more experience of these methods than I do. Instead it is my intention to investigate the many other options available to the programmer or system designer, which while they may be industry standards in their own right, may not in the past, have been associated with InterBase. I will cover general connections methods including ODBC, JDBC and Perl DBI drivers, and also discuss how InterBase data may be presented via the World Wide Web, using servers such as Apache and Microsoft's Internet Information Server, using active server pages, ADO, PHP, ColdFusion, and iHTML to name a few.

Before continuing with general connectivity issues, I should take a few moments to introduce both myself, and Easysoft the company who are generous enough to pay me to program computers during the day. I am responsible for the Easysoft ODBC Driver for InterBase, which has been adopted by Borland, for their certified release of InterBase 6. By responsible, I mean that having written the driver, I also provide second line support, behind the Easysoft support desk team. I am also involved in any future developments that may take place with InterBase and Easysoft. Many of you who follow, the several InterBase, mailing lists and newsgroups, may have seen my postings, which I hope have been regarded as informative, and with luck, correct. I am also the current leader of the unixODBC open source project, about which I will talk in greater detail a little later.

For more information, see http://www.easysoft.com

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