SourceForge announces winners of Fourth Annual Community Choice Awards

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The open source, SourceForge community, has voted for the 4th annual community choice awards. The best open source project for enterprise was Firebird SQL. Some application developers and database professionals know that the genesis of Firebird is Embarcadero InterBase. In fact, if you look at the source code, you'll see copyright notices that are also in Embarcadero Technologies' InterBase SMP SQL database. 185,000 votes were cast by community members.

Stay tuned to the Embarcadero Developer Network for news about our support for Firebird in future versions of all of our products. We look forward to a great future working closely with the Firebird community.

2009 Community Choice Awards winners:

Gold User, Rank: 1, Points: 2466
David Intersimone (known to many as David I.) is a passionate and innovative software industry veteran-often referred to as a developer icon-who extols and educates the world on Embarcadero developer tools. He shares his visions as an active member of the industry speaking circuit and is tapped as an expert source by the media. He is a long-standing champion of architects, developers and database professionals and works to ensure that their needs are folded into Embarcadero's strategic product plans. David holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, California.


  • Guest
    Bruce McGee Thursday, 30 July 2009

    Congrats to FireBird!

    As an added bonus, the PortableApps launcher (PortableAppsPlatform.exe) was written using Delphi. :)

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    David Intersimone Thursday, 30 July 2009

    Bruce - thanks for pointing out the typo in the title. It's fixed now. Great that PortableAppsPlatform was built with Delphi. We'll add this to the list of cool apps written in Delphi.

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    Bruce McGee Thursday, 30 July 2009

    Just to be clear, a part of PortableApps (the launcher) is written in Delphi. the rest seems to be C++.

    It's already listed here:

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    Steve Summers Thursday, 30 July 2009

    "We look forward to a great future working closely with the Firebird community."

    It's great to hear that the traditional hostility dating back to Borland's rocky spinoff of Interbase to open-source is finally ending.

    I've always thought that it was a huge mistake on Borland's part. Properly handled, Interbase could have been the "Pro" version that Firebird users upgraded to if they needed professional support or more advanced features. With better cooperation, perhaps that could still happen.

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    SIP Thursday, 30 July 2009

    I find it quite distasteful that you're trying to peddle IB in the guise of mentioning Firebird. I think we all are aware of FB's origins.

    Until recently, CG was simply ignoring FB and had been adamantly refusing to even support that DB in their VCL.

    So now, all of a sudden FB is a saint again? Geez, gimme a break.

    Please give praise where praise is due. Do not peddle your stuff. You guys didn't bring FB to this stage - the volunteers did, despite being snubbed off by Borland for years. All praise to them.

    Oh wait..... I think this explains the sudden rush of enthusiasm in FB:
    "our support for Firebird in future versions of all of our products. We look forward to a great future working closely with the Firebird community."

    Well, good luck then.

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    mariuz Friday, 31 July 2009

    Thank you for the kind words , we have a issue to be fixed in firebird community

    Documentation for ib6.0 docs is not open source , could you help or ask embarcadero about it ?

    it's a dark spot in the documentation area and it could be a good thing for both communities

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    Bernard Devlin Sunday, 2 August 2009

    Imagine... if CodeGear or Embarcardero had actually been supportive of Firebird during the last decade or so, you'd be able to actually take some glory.

    Ann Harrison et al. who left Borland to help take Interbase forward into Firebird, and the rest of the Firebird community are the ones who can take the credit for Firebird repeatedly getting kudos in open source awards.

    After a few years of making some kind of contribution to the Firebird project you won't be laughed at when you try to bask in some of the reflected glory.

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    Kent Morwath Sunday, 2 August 2009

    The mistake was not having a clear plan when IB was open sourced. After that decision was withdrawn, was a bit stupid to ask Borland/Codegear/Embarcadero to support FB fully, given it was "the free database we use instead of Interbase you sell because it's free".
    Instead I was astonished the "open source community" was waiting for a commercial entity to develop drivers/components for a open source tool in direct competition: why noone developed an open source driver? Why no one developed a open source library? It looks to me that for many Delphi developers "open source" means "free software" - nothing more - no community involvement (look at what happened to TurboPower libraries), no support - just, "hey, let's download and use it' that's free!". Shameful.

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    Paul Beach Sunday, 30 August 2009


    With respect to the documentation issue, I have first of all tried to discuss this originally with Borland, but to no avail.
    When Embarcadero bought Code Gear, I once again brought up the issue and started discussing it with Nigel Brown. But once again unfortunately it does not seem to have gone anywhere.


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