Question: I am considering switching from IBX to FIBplus. What would it take to do that? I am a bit worried about the amount of adjustments to my programms.

Answer: Surely it's a good idea to switch to FIBPlus :))  Please, see the attached script to the file GReplace, it will help you
at the first stage. You just open this script in GReplace. This script will help to replace some components. After that you manually do the rest of the operations, but it is rather simple.

There a solution of this problem (see below). The instruction is almost finished, here is the draft of it.

You should download the program GReplace, and use the script to this program. This script will help you at the first stage. You just open this script in GReplace and it will replace IBX components by their FIBPlus analogues in your projects. After that you manually do the rest of the operations, but it is rather simple. We can also add the following comment from the newsgroup from our customer:

"I suggest to add a Field conversion. All rigth except:

  1. The TLargeintField is needes to be converted to TFIBBCDField.
  2. If we use the default conversion from TIBQuery to TpFIBDataset we will lost the SQL property. I change that.
  3. We lost the generators so, GeneratorField.Field must be now AutoUpdateOptions.KeyFields
    and GeneratorField.Generator must be now AutoUpdateOptions.GeneratorName.
  4. And last, DatabaseName will be DBName.

So. I modify the conversion script and attached if somebody need it. The trouble is it also modifies the .pas files putting a invalid string there. Well, you will need to delelete it manually I suppose, like I do it."


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We are a small software company with thousands of customers delivering comany wide systems including accounting, logistics, e-commerce, POS, sales etc etc. Several years ago, when we were still a very small company, we used Delphi 3 and Paradox combined with BDE. As our system (and customer base) grew I decided to switch to Delphi 5 and Interbase. Being a huge improvement over Delphi 3 and Paradox, I encountered numerous problems with IBX: memory leaks, performance issues and other problems. Borland was not to be bothered: IBX was provided "as is" and no support was avaliable. 
Not being very eager to use third party components with Delphi at first, I decided to give FIBPlus a try. At once all problems where gone: no more memory leaks and  performance was very consistent. 
But the real advantage of switching to FIBPlus came with the upgrade to D2005: after upgrading there were some problems with the new FIBPlus version. After emailing the problem I received an update within an hour! And this was at 11 pm! A few other (smaller) errors where handled in the same way. 
Our motto is: software is as good as its support. And support of Devrace is just great!
Just a little indication of our FIBPlus use: all our software runs 100% on FIBPlus. Our customers have a total of aprox. 4.800 Firebird databases in production, with a combined size of over 130TB and over 80 million transactions a day. Every
day. And FIBPlus has not failed a single transaction. Not once. There is, however, one (minor) drawback in using FIBPlus: while debugging an application which uses and invalid SQL instruction, de Delphi Debugger returns to the FIBPlus code instead of to our calling code (where the actual error comes from), thereby complicating de debug proces a little. But that is a very small price to pay for a otherwise brilliant third party solution! >>

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