IB Objects is the most powerful toolbox available for developing client and service applications for InterBase/Firebird in Delphi and Borland C++Builder without the BDE, ODBC or any other middleware. IB Objects provides more than 80 components for use with 32bit Delphi and C++Builder. The "native IBO" classes require only a Desktop Developer edition. Professional editions of these products are required only if you need to develop with the TDataset-compatible classes.
What about other component suites?
Other component suites can provide direct-to-API connectivity but they do so at the cost of developer control over the logical aspects of transaction-based data processing. They are bitten by the hand that feeds them. In order to implement access to the physical capabilities of the transaction engine while remaining locked into the memory dependency of the VCL's TDataset, they sacrifice the considerable benefits the BDE provided in the way of task management.
Why choose IB Objects?
From the start IBO freed itself from the restrictions of TDataset and its limiting, local database oriented memory model. From the primitive level of TComponent forward, its classes are built on a foundation dedicated solely to how an object interface needs to interact with InterBase/Firebird with greatest effect and efficiency. Along the way, IBO has succeeded in emulating and improving on the logical task environment provided by the BDE to the degree that a developer can choose to be unconcerned with the physical transaction altogether.
8/27/2015 Version 5.7.7 [Build 2340]
*I added support for Delphi 10 Seattle.
*I fixed an issue when in some cases using the OLD_ prefix on a parameter name could cause a parameter type mismatch.
*Added ability to define a character set for the admin services components. I also fixed how it generates exceptions so that more information can be gleaned out of the exceptions it raises.
*I fixed a painting bug in the TIB_Edit control when using buttons.
*I fixed an issue in the TIB_Grid inplace edit OnKeyPress handling logic with FormatSettings and numeric entry.
*Added ability to do OnTranslateString event more uniformly in the TIB_Export component.
*Fixed problem when using EXECUTE PROCEDURE statement with the TIB_Import component. Also fixed an issue where it was possible to fail to import the last record if it wasn't terminated with a CRLF or an EOF marker.
*I fixed an issue in TIBODataset that had the Bookmark property behaving differently when an insert or an append were cancelled. I also fixed a bug in how input parameters are handled. In a rare case it would give an exception of index out of range.
*Started working on supporting the new InterBase XE7 change views feature. It isn't quite finished yet.