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October 03, 2014
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Mini-interview about Firebird Conference 2014 with Mark Rotteveel
Today's guest is Mark Rotteveel, developer of JayBird, Firebird JDBC driver, and speaker at Firebird Conference 2014.

— Mark, why do you think people will be interested most of all in your presentation/talk?
 
— I have two talks scheduled. My first talk is about the current state of development of Jaybird, and the changes implemented (and to be implemented) for Jaybird 3.0. I think this is interesting for people who use Jaybird and want to know more about the upcoming changes. My second talk is about using Hibernate and jOOQ to query a Firebird database from Java without having to deal with the low-level JDBC operations. Hibernate is a ORM mapper, while jOOQ is — besides a (light-weight) ORM mapper — a Domain Specific Language (DSL) library for building queries with compile time checks. Both are also useful to bridge dialect differences between various databases.
Although introductory, I think this is interesting for application developers, even when their target platform isn't Java.
 
— What do you like most of all in Firebird? And what is your most  favourite feature/improvement in Firebird 3?
 
I think the key thing about Firebird is its simplicity and small footprint, install it and you are — basically — good to go. I think my favorite new feature in Firebird 3 are the window functions. They provide much needed extensions for analytical queries.
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