alternatives to Firebird: sqlite [was: Firebird doesn't support MSVC 2015]

Noel Grandin noelgrandin at
Mon Mar 7 12:32:05 UTC 2016

On 2016/03/07 2:11 PM, Lionel Elie Mamane wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 07, 2016 at 08:23:53AM +0200, Noel Grandin wrote:
> A few examples of how SQLite differs from the SQL standard (be it de facto
> or de jure standard) in quite deep, fundamental ways:
>   * lack of other datatypes than "integer", "real" (float), "string of characaters"
>     and "string of bytes": the basic ones are dates, times, timestamps.
>   * lack of datatype checking; one can insert "noel" in a column of
>     type "integer"
>   * type attached to value, not to column

That is true, but we could implement basic checking of our own on top of that, or just ignore it, and rely on the user 
getting it right most of the time (which they normally do). And when they don't, it is a rather soft failure mode in SQLite.

> Also annoying, but can be worked around:

Yeah, that's what I mean - there are other issues, but they can be worked around.

I suppose we can just keep limping along with our current state of affairs, it's not like Base is that widely used, or 
particularly vital to our future.

But it would be nice to upgrade to something a little more modern, and Firebird is not really working out for us, and 
what other options do we really have?

At least SQLite is widely used and moving forward at a reasonable rate.

Regards, Noel.

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