Question: When compiling my FIBPlus applications for Turbo Delphi (BDS 2006) I get an error: [Pascal Fatal Error] FIBMiscellaneous.pas(236): F2051 Unit FIBDataSet was compiled with a different version of StrUtil.FastUpperCase. What should I do to avoid it?


Answer
: Please, rebuild the main FIBPlus package:
1. Open Delphi IDE
2. Go to "Component" - "Install Packages"
3. Select "FIBPlus" package and click "Edit" button.
4. The package FIBPlus2006.dpl will be open in the current project group. It should be active (bold).
5. Go to "Project" and select "Build FIBPlus2006" command.

That's all :). Now you can compile any FIBPlus applications. I do not know the reason of such strange behavior, because during automatic installation FIBPlus is compiled by the same compiler, which is used in IDE. Only Borland knows what's going on with that :)


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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. 
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