Posts Tagged ‘Interbase’

Developers are not to be Trusted

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Has anyone noticed that the Developer Edition of Interbase requires a regular restart?  I have a little invoicing program that I use on a daily basis, and the back end is IB.  I have an unlimited user license of an earlier version of IB, but I chose to install the latest version  of the Developer Edition of Interbase so I could evaluate it while working on hcOPF, and my invoicing program which used to be a demo project for hcOPF.

One would think that a Developer Edition of a product would be free of such annoying licensing restrictions because the better experience that a developer has with a product, the more likely they are to recommend it’s use in a production environment.  It’s also harder to develop when you’re constantly re-starting your machine. You don’t see such restrictions with MS SQL Server Express, and it has much better market penetration than Interbase.

One would almost think with the proposed EULA change, and the increased copy protection, that the revenue from Delphi is in decline, but in light of the Interbase re-start restriction, perhaps it’s just EMBT doesn’t trust it’s customers, or doesn’t trust developers in general, and makes it’s customers ‘bear the brunt’ of this distrust.

Apple no longer sells DRM music, and there are various other companies who have stopped using or reduced their anti-piracy efforts because it impeded their existing customers, and the public spoke out against such restrictions (remember the Sony Rootkit debacle?).  I hope EMBT changes their position on this issue soon.  For now, I am going to switch the back end of my invoicing program to SQLExpress.  One of the great things about an ORM is it doesn’t lock you into a a specific vendor’s database, and there are plenty of choices out there for databases these days!

EMBT Cross Promotions

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Anyone who has seen all the cross promotional bundling (or bungling if you prefer ;) ) offers that EMBT has been making with Rad Studio and Delphi might be amazed that EMBT has not done something about IBConsole.  I previously blogged about the buggy and unintuitive interface, and was not surprised to hear that most Interbase users have opted to add IBExpert or Database Workbench to their toolkit.

Considering Database Workbench now has a free lite version, it seems like a no-brainer that EMBT should dump IBConsole, and partner with Upscene, or HK-Software to bundle one or more of these free tools with at least the Interbase developer edition. 

After all, my parents taught me that if “you’re going to to something, do it to the best of your ability or not at all”.  Assuming I was competent, that translated to “Do it well or not at all”.  Distributing IBConsole with Interbase provides a negative impression of the product. But wait!  Doesn’t EMBT also sell database tools?