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Thank you for using Embarcadero Rapid SQL, the integrated development environment for IBM DB2 UDB for Open Systems, IBM DB2 UDB for OS/390 and z/OS, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle, and Sybase Adaptive Server database systems. Rapid SQL is your fast path to higher productivity whether you're programming in SQL, PL/SQL, Transact-SQL, HTML or Java. Before you use Rapid SQL, please read the information below.


What's New in Version XE 3/8.1

Sybase IQ Support

Connectivity Updates

DBMS Version Updates

SQL Editor Updates

Updated support for Microsoft SQL Server features

Updated support for Sybase features

User interface improvements

DBMS Support and Connectivity

Dedicated Support

Generic JDBC/ODBC Connectivity

DBMS Versions No Longer Supported

Release Notes

Important Advisory Notes

Known Issues

Bug Fixes

Additional Resources

Licensing Your Embarcadero Product

Embarcadero Technologies Product Support

Embarcadero Technologies Technical Support

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What's New in Version XE 3/8.1

Sybase IQ Support

This release introduces support for Sybasse IQ, Sybase's column-oriented DBMS. This release will offer the following:

Connectivity Updates

In previous releases, Rapid SQL connectivity was primarily restricted to native Embarcadero drivers. These proprietary drivers, packaged with Rapid SQL, work in conjunction with a supported set of third-party clients that must be installed. While this remains the default, the Datasource Registration wizard now features a new Connect Using JDBC control that lets you specify a more direct connection that does not require a native client.

With the exception of Interbase/Firebird datasources, one or more Type 4 JDBC drivers for each supported platform are now packaged with Rapid SQL. In addition, a new Generic JDBC DBMS platform selection lets you select and configure a non-packaged, custom JDBC driver of your choice.

Rapid SQL queries the selected driver to determine the properties, options, or parameters that the JDBC driver accepts. The Datasource Registration Wizard’s new Custom JDBC Properties panel lets you provide these name/value pairs.

DBMS Version Updates

Rapid SQL now provides support for Sybase ASE version 15.5. All current Rapid SQL functionality is now available on this platform version.

SQL Editor Updates

This release includes the following updates to the SQL Editor

Updated support for Microsoft SQL Server features

Currency updates for this release include:

Updated support for Sybase features

Currency updates for this release include:

User interface improvements

This release continues the reworking of object editors and wizards. Aimed at improving workflow and the user interface experience, the new editors and wizards are being reworked for consistency. The following object editors/wizards were upgraded for this release:

DBMS SUPPORT AND CONNECTIVITY OPTIONS

DEDICATED SUPPORT CONNECTIVITY OPTIONS

Rapid SQL provides dedicated connectivity to a specific version range of IBM DB2 for Linux, Unix, and Windows, IBM DB2 for z/OS, InterBase/Firebird, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle, and Sybase databases. The following connectivity options are provided:

The following table provides a summary of resources/requirements for connectivity to dedicated DBMS platforms. For each platform, it lists supported versions, the client software, driver, or client/driver combination that must be installed if using native Embarcadero clients, and the third-party, Type 4 JDBC drivers packaged with Rapid SQL.

DBMS Platform Supported Versions Client (or driver/client combination) Required for use with Native Embarcadero Drivers Packaged JDBC Driver
Firebird Firebird 2.0 Firebird ODBC Driver Jaybird JDBC Driver
IBM DB2 for z/OS v8 and v9 DB2 UDB Client for Windows 8.0 or later IBM Data Server Driver for JDBC
IBM DB2 for LUW Versions 8.0 - 9.7 IBM DB2 LUW Client for Windows 8.0 or later IBM Data Server Driver for JDBC
InterBase InterBase 2007

InterBase 2009

DataDirect ODBC driver for InterBase and the InterBase Client Interbase JDBC Driver
Microsoft SQL Server 2000

2005 (All editions including 2000 SDE and 2005 Express Edition for 32-bit x86 and 64-bit Itanium & x86-64)

2008

Microsoft SQL Server Client Library jTDS Type 4 JDBC Driver for Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server JDBC Driver

MySQL 4.x MySQL ODBC driver 3.5.1 - MySQL ODBC driver 4.x. MySQL Connector/J JDBC Driver
Oracle Oracle 9i, 10g, and 11g Oracle SQL*Net Client Oracle JDBC Thin Driver
Sybase ASE Sybase System 12.5 - Sybase 15.5 Sybase Open Client jTDS Type 4 JDBC Driver for Microsoft SQL Server

Sybase jConnect JDBC Driver

Sybase IQ 12.7 - 15.4 Sybase jConnect JDBC Driver for Sybase IQ

GENERIC JDBC/ODBC CONNECTIVITY

Generic JDBC/ODBC connectivity to non-dedicated DBMS systems or non-database datasources is also provided. Rapid SQL can connect to a datasource using a customer-provided, third-party JDBC version 3.0 or ODBC version 3.0 driver. Minimal Rapid SQL functionality is provided, including a basic Explorer tree and SQL querying.

DBMS VERSIONS NO LONGER SUPPORTED

As of this release, Rapid SQL is no longer tested against Oracle 8i.

Release Notes

IMPORTANT ADVISORY NOTES

KNOWN ISSUES


  • The current version of Rapid SQL does not support the MySQL ODBC client that shipped with previous versions of Rapid SQL. If Rapid SQL crashes after connecting to a MySQL data source:
    1. Close Rapid SQL.
    2. Uninstall the older MySQL ODBC client.
    3. Restart Rapid SQL and try connecting to a MySQL datasource. You are prompted to install the MySQL client drivers.
    4. Follow the installation instructions to install the new driver.
  • Note that when debugging a procedure against an Oracle data source, Rapid SQL performs a compilation before debugging. During a compilation, Oracle invalidates referencing objects. For example, if procedures A2 and A3 both reference procedure A1, debugging procedure A1 in Rapid SQL, will result in procedures A2 and A3 being invalidated.
  • For servers running on Sybase version 12.5.3a, the CREATE ENCRYPTION KEY and DECRYPT permissions do not display properly--they'll be shown as null. See Sybase's document CR392544 ("sp_helpprotect does not show privileges related to encryption keys."). This has been fixed in ASE version 12.5.3a/ESD#1 (now available as a download) and ASE version 12.5.4.
  • When you are using the Debugger:
  • Rapid SQL is currently unable to create table names, column names, and check constraint names longer than 18 characters on an OS390 mainframe database.
  • On SQL Server 2005, the Browser component is disabled by default. With this service disabled, in Rapid SQL you cannot reference SQL Server instances by name, only by port number. If you want the ability to reference SQL Server instances by name, you must enable this service on the server.
  • BUG FIXES

    Bugs Fixed in Embarcadero Rapid SQL 8.1/XE3
    Issue # Description DBMS
    RAP-2953 Cut and paste sql code with collapsible feature doesn't work probably All
    RAP-4243 : Parameter Input Grid passes wrong number All
    RAP-4248 Error in options tab All
    RAP-4546 If a query contains no resutls the column headers do not resize to the width of the header names. All
    RAP-4668 Rapid SQL crashes when trying to launch the product All
    RAP-4989 During installation, pop window only asks if user needs to keep settings from older version instead of the most current version available on the machine All
    RAP-5701 Undo Comment Out feature always removes 3 characters "-- " even if query does not have a space after "--" All
    RAP-5706 TS: [Describe] The Describe icon is disabled in the Main toolbar while an ISQL window is opened All
    RAP-5720 [DBMS Actions] No datasources available for Database search Wizard All
    RAP-5725 TS :[SQL Editor] When trying to go to Next Bookmark (F2) in a ISQL file, the cursor goes to a row or two below All
    RAP-4129 Close menu item, under context menu over Schema Tab restuls is disabled DB/2
    RAP-5703 [Explorer]DB2 ODBC connections fail to expand table listing in explorer, error appears "DB2ODBC -- [IBM][CLI Driver] CLI0150E Driver not capable. SQLSTATE=HYC00(HYC00,-99999)" DB/2
    RAP-5536 Queries are taking long time to execute comparing to other versions ODBC
    RAP-4300 Crashes when running SQL in the ISQL window Oracle
    RAP-4411 RS 7.5 Beta 3: Automatic resizing of result columns Oracle
    RAP-4548 Closing result windows is significantly slower in 7.5 than it was in 7.4.1. Oracle
    RAP-5307 Rapid SQL gives error :OciTypeBinder - Cannot convert type to Stream when execute query contains xmlelement Oracle
    RAP-5502 [Slow Performance]Rapid SQL takes more than 8 hours to bring up one million records, but the first 2,000 records shows up quickly Oracle
    RAP-5602 [SQL Editor] An unexpected token "FLD_ACCVER" was found. Expected SINGLE_QUOTED_LITERAL Oracle
    RAP-5705 [Application] Exception unknown software exception upon launching application Oracle
    RAP-5710 TS : [Edit Data] The Save As file does not appear when trying to save to Excel file Oracle
    RAP-4485 Can't register MS SQL Server using ODBC without MS SQL support SQL Server
    RAP-3105 After closing Rapid SQL, gets a Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library: RSQL740.exe- Application Error Sybase
    RAP-4463 Database Search will not return results if the servers are using SSL Sybase
    RAP-5309 RS760 3370 crashes periodically (every few days) when trying to use auto-col lookup (at the point where the user types the period). Sybase
    RAP-5449 RapidSQL generates "the memory could not be read" error when a given scenario is executed by customer Sybase
    RAP-5619 [Data Source Explorer] Unable to keep focus on current tab when disconnecting a datasource. Sybase
    RAP-5638 [Tools] Excel sheet does not show all results when script is run with scheduler. Sybase
    RAP-5675 [Debuggers] Application hangs when running stored procedure with debugger on Sybase
    RAP-5685 [Application] Stored procedure results take longer to display Sybase
    RAP-5711 TS : Set Quoted Identifier is turned ON even though it is OFF when extracting a View with a trigger Sybase

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