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It’s been a busy couple of years since the last public roadmap. In that time, the patent pending Change Views feature has delivered some massive competitive advantage win stories to customers using InterBase XE7 and InterBase was nominated for and won the prestigious IoTA (Internet of Things Award) for “Most Innovative Use of Data”.
Following on from the previous public roadmap InterBase has been on the rise, and here we are sharing the current plans for the next release of InterBase in 2017.
Features and Technologies Delivered in InterBase XE7
The major features delivered in XE7 can be seen in the InterBase XE7 DocWilki
- Change Views
- 64bit Linux Server added
- Performance Improvements
- 64bit Transaction ID’s – Allowing systems with the highest demand to run even longer
- New ODS restore feature
- OpenSSL upgrades
- Enhanced Journal Archive Management
- Service API’s for Online Dump and Journal Operations.
Features and Technologies Expected in InterBase BigBang
This week (15-Nov-2016) at CodeRage the hood was taken off a number of things that have been worked on in the labs for project BigBang. This project will ultimately become the next release of InterBase and includes:
- A focus on SQL Features
- Derived Tables
- Common Table Expressions
- Truncate Table – A fast way to delete data
- Transaction Wait Time
- Exclusive Isolation Levels
- ISQL scripting enhancements
- Faster core engine
- Server-wide Performance Monitoring
- New Platform Support
- Latest Mobile & Desktop
- InterBase ToGo on Linux
Ideas for the future.
InterBase releases are based on a specific On Disk Structure (ODS). The ODS helps manage new features and tells the InterBase engine what the database can do and what performance benefits it can take account of. This is one of the reasons is important to backup and restore when upgrading. – But what has this to do with the future?
Making mid-cycle ODS changes is something that we have been very reluctant to do with InterBase in the past because a change to the ODS will prevent you from using the database on an early version. E.g. if Update 2 had a newer ODS, then you would not be able to move back to Update 1 if you wished to. With the changes added for managing ODS in the restore in XE7, we are now comfortable that if we need to, we could move up an ODS during a release cycle. This may pave the way to new features mid-release.
Ideas under review for the future include
- Scale Out / Load Balancing
- Even Smarter, Faster Engine
- More SQL features
- Change Views 2.0
- Change views working on Views
- Option for Backup / Restore (rather than DataDump)
- Enhanced Tooling (e.g. IBConsole)
- Enhance Drivers for 3rd Party Tools (e.g. More ODBC, JDBC, ADO.Net enhancements)
- Coded functions (enabling UDF capabilities with ToGo where platforms do not allow external libraries, e.g. iOS)