By the time I get around to joining a social network you can be sure it stopped being cool a long time ago. I created a MySpace profile when the only growing demographic was "sad bloggers with nothing better to do". Yesterday I finally joined FaceBook, so if you value your credibility get out now.
If you ignored this warning and still have have an account, you can become a fan of Informix Dynamic Server. I'm not sure about the concept being a fan of a product from a philosophical perspective, but am willing to make an exception for IDS, what with it being a Kult-Datenbank and all. The fan page has some interesting announcements and videos, though no photos as yet - I guess it's just a matter of time until someone adds the race car..[Read More]
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The newly renamed IBM Database Magazine issue 1 is now published. This month there are a few Informix related articles:
IBM Database Add-ins for Visual Studio 2005/2008 used to be available as part of the IBM Data Server Client package, which contains all the main IBM data server drivers and a fair amount of DB2 client programs. It was a big package to install for a developer who just wanted to do .NET programming in Visual Studio. Now you can download the stand alone VSAI package here.
When you get to the download screen you can choose to download the 33 Mb VSAI executable, or the release notes. I'll warn you now the release notes are disappointing and not worth the bother. The VSAI software though is great. Try the VSAI tag on this blog for a few pointers to articles.
The IBM Information Management and Visual Studio .NET is also a good starting point for .NET programming resources.[Read More]
If you're wondering what's in the next release of Cheetah, wonder no more, IDS 11.50 has arrived - at least the Open Beta has. Yesterday in fact, but I was too busy eating the Open Beta launch ice-cream to write about it. OK the Mac OS version has been out for a few weeks but let's not worry about that.
I'm not allowed to talk specifically about the new features in Cheetah 2 yet, but to find out, sign up for the open beta and download IDS 11.5 “Cheetah 2" Open beta. Give it a try and remember to read the release notes.
Do let IBM know what you think about this release. Any problem you find helps to increase the quality of the GA version.[Read More]
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Rumour has it that a new era is dawning over at DB2 Magazine. Due out in the next week or so, the next issue will be sporting a new name. Welcome the new, improved, and brand neutral IBM Database Magazine! Expect the same mix of well-written articles about IBM Data Server topcs.
This means of course I'll have to find another hobby horse to make snide and snarky comments about. Don't worry, it won't take long.[Read More]
A new Informix related blog has surfaced on blogspot: informix online - written by Alex, AKA Andron.
The latest post (at the time of writing) is a nice introduction to BTSCANNER, including a description of leaf scans, range scans and ALICE (Adaptive Linear Index Cleaning).
If your Russian is a bit rusty you might want to read theGoogle translated version.[Read More]
The latest issue of the innacurately named DB2 Magazine has a very helpful article on the IDS 11 certification test. As anyone who has taken it knows, the IDS 11 exam is challenging - it is heavily focussed on IDS 11 features, and passing it requires preparation.
The new article, written by Eric Herber, entitled Becoming a Certified Informix Professional deconstructs the exam format and the weighting of questions. Looking at the exam in this way allows you to focus your study time and prepare intelligently.
On a positive note, perhaps a certification should be tough. What use is an easy certification to a potential employer or client? Anyone with IBM Test 918 to their name deserves to be called an IDS Expert.
As well as providing a collection of study references, Eric also mentions how to take the test for free (attend the IIUG conference). I'll add one other way to take it for free.. attend the Beaverton Tech Fair next week.[Read More]
The Informix tech fair in Beaverton, Oregon is just under 2 weeks away. This free tech fair has been expanded to two days, and has new highlights such as free IDS Certification testing and demos of some of the newest IDS features. Expect to see some in depth technical presentations, maybe a few giveaways, and much more.
Here is the flyer, at least my HTML rendition of it:
Free Informix Tech Fair - February 20 & 21 2008
Talks include the following topics:
3 Informix IDS Architects, IBM Informix Engineers
IIUG President Stuart Litel and IIUG director Cindy Lichtenauer
Several DemosApplication Development, Administration, and Replication (MACH 11)
FREE IDS Certification TestingTest Review session followed by a free certification testing for 10 or 11. ** $150.00 value, limited availability, RSVP quickly.
Free ConsultingHaving a problem or question about Informix? Talk to an engineer and get free advice about your specific issue.
WHEN: February 20 & 21, 2008, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
WHERE: IBM Beaverton
15400 SW Koll Parkway
Beaverton, OR 97006
RSVP: miller3 _at_ us.ibm.com
When it comes to free Informix tech fairs in the Portland area, it doesn't get much better than this.[Read More]
In earlier versions of IDS on Windows, (10 and below), the installer would always create a demo instance during a new installation or when installing to a new folder. The user has the option to initialize the new instance or not via a checkbox.
In IDS 11.10, which was the first Windows IDS installer based on Installshield, this behaviour changed somewhat. A new instance was only created if the user selected the "Initialize instance" checkbox. If that checkbox was not checked, no instance would be created, so the Instance Manager utility (instmgr.exe) would need to be executed after installation to create an instance.
Some customers missed the old functionality, so to fix this in the short term an undocumented command line argument -reginstance was added to the 11.10 installer.
So if you want the old behaviour, where you are prompted for instance configuration information and an instance is created by default even if the "Initialize instance" checkbox is not selected, run