Question: I purchased FIBPlus. Why do my applications compiled with FIBPlus still require registering the library?

Answer: Most likely you did not install the full FIBPlus version correctly. As described in Install.rtf, you should:
  • Download full FIBPlus 6.x sources from the online Devrace Customerís Center:
  • http://www.devrace.com/cgi-bin/user/user.pl
    On processing of the FIBPlus order our system sent you a login and password to the personal customerís page. In order to get a full FIBPlus version the customer should visit http://www.devrace.com/cgi-bin/user/user.pl and register his/her login and password. There will be a list of full FIBPlus versions there.
  • To install FIBPlus 6.x you should download Basic FIBPlus sources (fibplus_6_x_basic_delphi.zip or fibplus_6_x_basic_bcb.zip), and also files FIBDatabase.pas, FIBDataset.pas, FIBQuery.pas and FIBSQLMonitor.pas.
  • The files fibplus_6_x_basic_delphi.zip or fibplus_6_x_basic_bcb.zip include the file fibplus.inc, which is responsible for the nag screen activation/deactivation.
  • You can also open fibplus.inc, comment the line {$DEFINE FIBPLUS_TRIAL}, and then recompile the application with FIBPlus components.
  • Notice that this operation is possible only if you have full sources of the library.

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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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