InterBase is a
high-performance relational database system that is full of features,
and is used primarily in software development, especially by those
who want a lightweight database for mobile applications at a
relatively low cost. InterBase is used mostly on platforms like, iOS,
Android, Windows, Linux, Solaris, etc. and provides the platform
powerful security, disaster recovery, and support for all the drivers
necessary for database deployment with flexibility.
Features of InterBase
Based on the application
it is to be used with, you can create database of required size,
which makes the InterBase highly scalable. Along with this, many of
the features added to the InterBase are mentioned below:
Administration and Least Disk Space
The applications (such as
ISV, OEM, and VAR) that require small databases best suit the
InterBase, as along with its compact size, it is full of features and
can keep your business critical data safe. The key feature that
increases its demands is that no expensive support as well as
maintenance cost is involved, which costs a lot in other database
engines. In this way, InterBase is preferred the most for the
development of lightweight applications.
Security and User Access Control
At zero administration
cost, InterBase features data encryption that is required to keep
your business-critical data secure. You can encrypt the database with
AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) or DES (Data Encryption Standard)
algorithm before sharing it over a network. Such high-flexibility and
data security makes InterBase the first preference for various
Windows, Android, iOS and other mobile platforms.
The databases created in
InterBase are platform independent, and therefore they move with the
applications from one platform to another throughout Android, Window,
Linux, iOS and more, and make database deployment flexible.
instant access to database by allowing you store it in cloud
computing environment. Alternatively, you can also keep the database
local to obtain high-level security and performance.
Issues in InterBase
In spite of several
features that make InterBase platform independent, less disk space,
and zero-admin cost, and more, the databases created on this platform
are prone to corruption due to several causes. Mentioned below are
different categories of corruption in databases in InterBase:
The functions of hardware
components in computers are just like that of the bones in human
body, which means that computers must have a healthy hardware
configuration to perform all intended tasks in an efficient manner.
Besides, you must take proper care of your computer in order to
benefit its functions and their respective output. However, system
hardware components often go bad and cause corruption in data stored
on the computer. Hardware issues have following classifications:
Dirty System Shutdown
Dirty or abrupt system
shutdown often becomes a cause of corruption in data. It usually
happens when electricity runs away and your computer is not connected
to a UPS. While cleaning the floor in the office or at your home,
cleaner might pull the wrong cable and cause sudden system shutdown.
Well, you may not find these situations troublesome, but they often
lead to corruption in data stored on the hard drive or sometimes even
in the drive itself.
Hard Drive Corruption
Hard drives are the prime
sources of storage in computers, which nowadays are available in
different sizes (i.e. the storage capacity). Actually, the size of
the hard drive you choose also depends on the size of the data, as
you might have a large collection of personal and professional data.
However, make sure an overfilled hard drive may lead to corruption at
any time. Apart from this, hard drives also get corrupt when they
Flash Drive Corruption
You might be storing all
your crucial files on a flash drive or an SD card installed on your
smartphone. Make sure you stay alert every time, as these types of
storage devices have a limited lifetime that is defined in the number
of times you can read/write access them. As soon as you are getting
closer to that specified count, the lifetime of your storage media is
getting over. Besides, improper ejection of flash drives (i.e. pen
drive, SD card, and more) also causes corruption.
RAM is the primary memory
in computers in which data is executed. Though corruption in RAM is
rare, it indeed is a real nightmare. For instance, BSOD (Blue Screen
of Death) is one of the symptoms of bad RAM and a technician can
easily understand it. However, the corruption in RAM often is so
slight that it is quite hard to detect. In such a situation, data
stored in the database created in InterBase might get affected badly.
Maintenance of database
or its corresponding database engine is as much necessary as its
usage in order to make it work efficiently as well as in an intended
manner. Mentioned below are some issues caused by carelessness toward
maintenance of the database:
Deleting Database file
Deleting one or more
unwanted files on your computer may cause accidental deletion of
database created in InterBase. Well, prior version of Firebird and
InterBase did allow deleting the database files irrespective of
whether they are being used or not. Likewise, some new versions also
allow deleting the database files even when a user is making
transactions from the front end. In case an InterBase data file is
deleted unknowingly, you may have to face a huge loss of data.
database file when it being used
database file from its original location to another while some
process is using it may inject corruption in it. Actually, the
InterBase must not allow external read/write access to its database
when some application is using it, as external sources often become
the causes of database corruption. Thus, you must forbid the
read/write operations until the application is done using the
files on Linux
Linux, as you know, Linux
implements inode mechanism in order to be able to support
different file systems. The inode mechanism features the usage
of cache for handling file descriptors, which allows them to store on
both RAM and drive. In such a situation, deleting the database
unintentionally or replacing it with a new database file when it is
in use continues the work; however, nothing is saved since the
connectivity was broken.
In order to prevent data
loss in such situations, the InterBase must prohibit the external
read/write access to its database files when an application is
already using it. In this regard, the database engine must throw a
warning message that says the database is already in use and external
access is barred.
Recover Corrupt InterBase Database files
InterBase, though, is
used to create and manage databases for mobile applications running
on Windows, iOS, Android, Solaris, and some other platforms. However,
databases created in InterBase can be crucial and may cause a huge
loss of money and/or data if you lose any of them unknowingly, no
matter what the causes responsible for the loss are.
Since you cannot prevent
corruption occurring in a database, you can surely try and recover
the lost database with commercial data recovery tool. Based on the
type of database, use a commercial InterBase database recovery tool and perform a
thorough or advanced system scan (i.e. for particular ‘file type’
only) to recover InterBase database files.