03 January 2023

We are happy to announce the first beta for Jaybird 5.

We’d really appreciate it if you take the time to test this version of Jaybird with your applications. Bug reports about undocumented changes in behavior are appreciated. Feedback can be sent to the firebird-java Google Group or reported on the issue tracker https://github.com/FirebirdSQL/jaybird/issues.

Jaybird 5 is — from a JDBC perspective — an incremental change from Jaybird 4. However, internally, Jaybird underwent some major changes, the biggest was the removal of JCA (Java Connector Architecture) support.

The major changes and new features in Jaybird 5 are:

  • Java 7 support dropped

  • Java Connector Architecture (JCA) support removed

  • ChaCha wire protocol encryption support (Java 11 and higher only)

  • Changes to properties

  • Unification of database and service addressing

  • Changes to JDBC URL syntax

  • Removal of LOCAL protocol implementation

  • Stream blobs are now the default

  • New parser for generated keys handling (back-ported to Jaybird 4.0.8)

  • Firebird 4.0 server-side batch updates

  • Firebird 5.0 multi-row RETURNING support

  • Firebird Embedded locator service provider (experimental)

  • Table statistics of a connection (experimental)

Jaybird 5.0.0-beta-1 is for testing purposes only, and not intended for production use.

The 5.0.0-beta-1 will have a short life, and we plan to release the GA version mid-January.

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