Hi David,

> Is there a usable Rails adapter for KirbyBase? ACID transactions (for DB
> schema changes if nothing else)?

http://rubyforge.org/projects/ackbar - about to be released this weekend :-)

> And with the good and bad of it, SQL is -the- standard RDBMS query language,
> so that would restrict KirbyBase to small / personal projects where you're
> sure you'll never change DB backends.
>
> Also, why would someone that already knows SQL choose KirbyBase over SQLite?
> The latter installs very easily too.

Sometime that is excatly why you need it: small, personal projects...
which are shrink wrapped to distribute to other users. For me that is
exactly what I need. A no hussle installation which works across
multiple platforms ('gem install app' which picks up the dbms).
No, it's not ACID. No, it doesn't support AR 100%. Yes, I will have
overhead to make sure my app works both on KB and on SQLite. But for
the end user who couldn't care less about the backend as long as it
works - the no third party to install works great. The plain-text data
format is also great - your data is always available to you, even if
my app or the database suddenly become problematic.

Of course, any *real* webapp might need need a *real* database. I'm
just talking about the less real, "works for me" class of applications
:-)

HTH,
Assaph