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Hello, and welcome to the Firebird Documentation Subproject homepage. If you're a Firebird user and looking for documentation, visit the Documentation section.

If you are interested in how we write and produce our manuals, read on.

Subproject activities

Our goal is to produce a fully cross-linked documentation set for Firebird. We author the docs in DocBook XML format and then render them to HTML and PDF with a combination of tools. For details, you can have a look at our doc writer's manuals — see the links further below.

Do you want to help us on a regular basis, or do you have a one-time contribution to make? We can use all the help we can get, and we are always happy to publish useful documentation or link to it from our website. Firebird is a great product, but it still lacks sufficient documentation!

If you want to contact us, please post a message to the Firebird-docs list or email to paul at vinkenoog dot nl.

As from 2005, all our documentation is released under the open-source Public Documentation License.

Latest developments

October 2011 Firebird 2.5 LangRefUpd brought up to date with 2.5.1
September 2011 Thomas Woinke has joined the doc team and is currently working on the full LangRef.
September 2011 Quick Start Guide 2.5 updated, for shipment with Firebird 2.5.1
September 2011 Major update of the Dutch and English nbackup guides.
June 2011 Firebird 2.5 LangRef Update published.

Docwriters' documentation

Online Documentation Downloadable Version
Intro to Writing Firebird Docs (conference session) PDF available
Firebird Docbuilding Howto
Firebird Docbuilding Howto (Spanish)
Firebird Docbuilding Howto (Italian)
Firebird Docbuilding Howto (Brazilian Portuguese)
PDF available
PDF available
PDF available
PDF available
Firebird Docwriting Guide
Firebird Docwriting Guide (Italian)
Firebird Docwriting Guide (Brazilian Portuguese)
PDF available
PDF available
PDF available
Using non-Western fonts in your Firebird docs PDF available
Obtaining and Installing VPN Software For Docwriters PDF available

Under development
  • Firebird SQL Reference — work has started on the full reference
Future plans
  • Update & publication of more Using Firebird chapters, probably as stand-alone manuals
  • Further improvement of HTML styling and PDF rendering
Feedback

If you have any comments or ideas, please share them with us through the Firebird-docs list. We appreciate your feedback!

The Firebird Documentation team

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