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From Rick Hillegas <Richard.Hille...@Sun.COM>
Subject Re: Request for response to an open source database survey for LCA 2010
Date Tue, 05 Jan 2010 13:43:22 GMT
In case someone else would like to fill out this survey and would like 
to peak at my answers, here's what I said:

Q: How would you describe your software and what it does in a sentence 
or two? *
A: Derby is a full-featured pure Java RDBMS. It is easy to use and fits 
in a small jar file.

Q: What feature(s) sets your project apart from your peers?
A: Derby's key strengths are the strengths of the Java platform: 
security, portability, plugability. Derby is ideal for the following usages:

a) Shrink-wrapped Java applications which don't need an administrator.
b) Data-rich applications which are downloaded over the web into a browser.
c) Middle-tier caches to scale out access to enterprise databases.

Q: Who is the target user or audience for your database? Do you have any 
case studies to share?
A: Java developers. For uses of Derby, see 
http://wiki.apache.org/db-derby/UsesOfDerby A good summary of the 
experience of writing a Derby-powered application can be found here: 

Q: What's the best document for new developers to read if they want to 
get involved?
A: http://db.apache.org/derby/derby_comm.html

Q: What project was this forked from, if any? What motivated you to 
create a new project, rather than build upon an existing project?
A: Derby is an open-sourced version of Cloudscape.

Q: Do you have a roadmap for the next year? If so, what is it?
A: http://wiki.apache.org/db-derby/DerbyTenSixOneRelease

Q: Does anyone provide commercial support for your software? If so, who?
A: Sun Microsystems.

Q: What languages are drivers available in, and/or what protocols does 
your database support? Are they up to date? Do you need help with any 
particular drivers?
A: The Derby JDBC drivers work with any language which runs on the Java 
VM, including Java, Jython, JRuby, and Scala. ODBC drivers are available 
for other languages, including C and C++(see the ODBC Drivers section of 
this page: http://wiki.apache.org/db-derby/UsesOfDerby#Products_By_Type 
) It would be great if someone could donate an ODBC driver to the community.

Hope this is useful,

Rick Hillegas wrote:
> Hi Selena,
> Thanks for your interest in Derby. I have filled in your survey. This 
> mailing list, derby-user, is good for user-oriented questions. If you 
> want more information about our development processes, you can send 
> mail to derby-dev at db.apache.org.
> Hope this helps,
> -Rick
> Selena Deckelmann wrote:
>> Hi!
>> My name is Selena Deckelmann, and I'm giving a talk at LinuxConf AU
>> 2010 called "A Survey of Open Source Databases". The goal of the talk
>> is to give developers and software architects an overview of the open
>> source tools that are out there, and a sense of which types of
>> problems your software is intended to solve. I'm contacting over 30
>> projects.
>> If there is a better person or mailing list to direct my questions to,
>> please point the way!
>> I've done some basic research, but it would very much help me to have
>> answers to questions I've included below in your own words. Also, if a
>> representative from your project has time for a short phone call, I'd
>> be happy to get answers to these questions by voice
>> (Skype/Jabber/regular old phone all works for me).
>> Anyway - the survey is here: http://bit.ly/8yarGr
>> About me:
>> I primarily volunteer with the PostgreSQL project for creation of user
>> groups, advocacy and support our project's systems infrastructure, and
>> I contribute to a replication system  called Bucardo. I'm also
>> President of Technocation, a 501(c)3 non-profit in the US that helps
>> organize OpenSQLCamp, WhereCampPDX and other un-conference events, and
>> distributes free video for open source technical events we're able to
>> record.

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