Firebird is a relational database offering many ANSI SQL-92 features that runs on Linux, Windows, and a variety of Unix platforms. It has been used in production systems, under a variety of names since 1981.

Much development has occured since Firebird rose from the ashes of the Open sourcing of Interbase. In this presentation some of the topics we'll explore and demonstrate include:

  • A brief history of Firebird/InterBase
  • A review of Firebird's Features
  • What's new since the open sourcing of InterBase
  • What's new in the forthcoming release of Firebird 1.5
  • What's on tap for the future


Rob Schuff is Informatics Core Director at the Oregon Health & Science University General Clinical Research Center. He received his education from Portland State University and holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Mathematics with a concentration in Statistics. He is a self-taught application designer and programmer who began using Delphi in July of 1995 (Delphi 1) after using Paradox for Windows. Rob leads a project development team of four individuals providing design, direction, and oversight on several small to medium applications for the General Clinical Research Center at OHSU. And lastly....he is enjoying an additional new full-time job called "fatherhood"!