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Why use an external Firebird database with base?

asked 2020-06-06 13:36:06 +0200

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updated 2021-06-02 00:54:54 +0200

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What are the advantages, disadvantages or both of using an external Firebird database with base instead of an internal one?

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answered 2020-06-06 15:41:40 +0200

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updated 2020-06-06 15:58:24 +0200

When using an embedded database, your data will be stored in a single file packaged with forms, data definitions and other info. It depends on the office app for accessibility. A dedicated database service will hold your data as separate entities, independent of apps. Also, an embedded db service is not easily upgraded.

So, off the cuff, the advantages of embedded:

  • Simplicity. Nothing else to install. Up and running immediately.
  • Portability. A single file can easily be transferred or transported elsewhere.

Advantages of dedicated service:

  • Performance. A db server can be tweaked for performance according to types of load. Also, if needed it can run on separate hardware.
  • Updates. You can enjoy the tools and measures of the latest version.
  • Security. The packing/unpacking of data is a critical phase where data may get corrupted.
  • Concurrency. Data can be accessed by multiple concurrent sessions.
  • Accessibility. A db service provides a standardized method for access, independent of client software

Those are general differences. I would guess that they are mostly valid for Firebird too. Also from the top of my head, as it were, so I may have missed a few.

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Thanks for that answer. I wonder if anyone has anything to add specifically relating to Firebird. I have tried setting up a test database with an external Firebird database and it just seems to consist of one file whereas when I split off an HSQLDB database I ended up with a folder with 6 files in it.

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