There are several ways you can contribute to the development of the Firebird project:
All monies raised from subscriptions, donations and sponsorships enter a funds pool for allocation as grants to developers already active in the Firebird Project
. Grants are decided by the Committee of the Firebird Foundation.
The Foundation issues formal receipts
for every kind of payment: you need not ask explicitly for a receipt unless you fail to receive yours for some reason. Since these are PDF documents, sent as email attachments, please ensure that you provide a correct
email address and that the email account is configured to accept PDF attachments. Documentation Development
On 31 October, 2014, the Firebird Project released the Firebird 2.5 Language Reference in Russian
, a large documentation task sponsored by Moscow Exchange, one of the biggest Firebird users in the world, and IBSurgeon (tools and services for Firebird). Several Russian-speaking Firebird Project core developers participated in creating this tome of almost 500 pages to ensure its quality. Coming up will be the extensions (also in Russian) covering Firebird 3.
Donations towards Code Development
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In order to translate the documentation into English, using professional translators, we are collecting and earmarking funds that won't be spent on other things funded by the Firebird Foundation.
The translation will cost US $7,000 and is expected to be ready in the first quarter of 2015. If we end up with a surplus, the balance will remain earmarked for development and translation of further Firebird-related documents.
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Pay over the Internet directly by credit card (no need to have a PayPal account) or use your existing PayPal account. This is the preferred method for donations of US $800 or less.
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in UK Sterling, through the IBPhoenix shop interface. Donations can be made in one or more block amounts, starting at £50.00 GBP. Multiple amounts will be consolidated into a single payment.
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Available free of charges if your bank account or credit card is in the E.U. (Euros only) or Australia (AU dollars only). Click the button to request bank details. Don't forget to say whether you want Australian or European details.
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Mail an international money order or a company cheque with machine-readable account codes made out to "Firebird Foundation Inc." to our registered office in New South Wales, Australia. (Please cross cheques and mark Not Negotiable!)
NOTE: This is an easy method for people who don't like Internet transactions but processing fees make it unsuitable for small amounts in any currencies other than Australian.
If you can't read the address, click the image for full postal details.
The list of sponsors currently funding Firebird work is here
. This has enabled the following developers to allocate extra hours, beyond their already substantial voluntary time, to key works for current and forthcoming releases:
- Dmitry Yemanov, who is coordinating and doing significant amounts of code work on Firebird 1.5.x maintenance, Firebird 2.x development and Firebird 3. The Foundation supports Dmitry full-time.
- Claudio Valderrama, who has taken on the role of scrutinising the code that developers commit to the CVS tree.
- Alex Peshkov, who is working on security issues and also assisting Dmitry and others with coding and standardisation.
- Vladyslav Khorsun, designing and developing in the core engine modules and cleaning up code in the Vulcan fork.
- Adriano dos Santos Fernandes, spreading his talents between developing the new 'ICU' international language support systems and strengthening DSQL.
- Pavel Cisar, who is developing the QA test systems, and Philippe Makowski, who is a tester and facilitator (Philippe has handed back the grant allocation in 2009, in a gesture to relieve pressure on funding).
- Jiri Cincura, who develops and supports the .NET drivers for Firebird.
Additional sponsors are always welcome! This is your opportunity to play your part towards a better and better Firebird.
For more information about arranging a sponsorship, please jump to How to Become a Sponsor
As a company or personal donor, you will appear in the Donor list