For anyone following the Data Studio Developer announcement which I covered recently, here are some additional resources...
A 4-part video guide has been added to Channel DB2 called: What’s New in Data Studio Developer 2.1 Series. This series goes with Sonali's Surange's developerWorks article What's new and exciting in IBM Data Studio Developer 2.1.
Sonali has also written an article for the IDS Experts blog covering IDS specifics of the new Data Studio Developer release.[Read More]
Administrating and Developing with Informix
From archive: December 2008 X
Eric Herber has written a new IDS book in German called Informix 11.5as part of the Entwickler Press Schnell+Kompakt series.
Eric has been kind enough to provide a translation of the back cover:
There is an additional a description of the book, including an errata and sample pages at Informix Zone.[Read More]
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Some more details are emerging about the Informix Tech Day in Strasbourg. Here is the announcement in English (mostly)..
This is going to be a one-day technical training event. Classes will have both beginner level and more advanced levels. Speakers will cover theory (database theory, architecture) and real field experience.
We hope to have French, English and German speakers and hope to have 3 tracks (one in each language).
We will hold this event with the University of Strasbourg (and in the University), on January 16th. Sponsors are IIUG, GreenIvory, VMark, the University of Strasbourg guy and IBM. The university already committed to sending students (4th and 5th year of IT engineering, college is 5 years in France).
For more information on InformixTechDay, visit http://www.developerforum.eu. Please forward the invitation, write it on your blog and share the information!
We welcome sessions, however, here are the list of the current sessions :
See you there,
Jean Georges PerrinDeveloperForum coordinator, member of the IIUG Board of Directors
Version 2.1 of the free DataStudio Developer was announced earlier this month, and some useful Informix specific feature enhancements are included the new release.
New Informix related features include, among other things:
For further reading on the new Data Studio release take a look at the Data Studio Team blog, where new articles by Sonali Surange and Curt Cotner cover it in more detail, and the recent developerWorks article by Sonali: What’s new and exciting in IBM Data Studio Developer 2.1 - Get better application insight and increase your productivity.[Read More]
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Lenexa is a good place to have an Informix tech day, what with all developers and support engineers that mill around the place. Here are some details for the next one on Jan 22...
*************************************************************************************** Save the Date for the next Kansas City Informix User Group Meeting! Thursday January 22, 2009
Tech Day in Strasbourg - Jan 16 2009
IIUG luminary and Frenchman Jean-Georges Perrin writes:
I am very pleased to announce our first pan-European InformixTechDay!
We will hold this event with the University of Strasbourg, on January 16th. It's a Friday, so people are more than welcome to stay over the weekend. Sponsors are IIUG, GreenIvory, the University and probably IBM ;-).
The university already committed to sending 120 students (4th and 5th year of IT engineering, college is 5 years in France).
We know we need speakers (and fun goodies)! Please get back to me asap. We will keep you posted via the IIUG.org web site (and probably a ton of others).
Please share within your network!
Jean Georges PerrinIIUG Board of Directors
A series of IDS 11.5 technical workshops for business partners is taking place in Europe and Asia in the new year. The 3-day workshops are free to attend and will cover:
The upcoming dates and locations are:
To learn more about the workshops and to find out how to enroll visit: IDS 11.5 boot camp
What virtualization solutions does IBM support for Informix Dynamic Server running on different hardware and operating system versions?
This question, or variations on the theme, is asked a lot, and I hope this article will go some way toward answering it.
Fortunately IBM has a common-sense policy when it comes to supporting IDS in virtualized environments. There is an official technical support document in the works and when I find out it's been published I'll link to it, but it basically says virtualization is supported - you won't be asked to reproduce a problem on a physical machine, unless it is determined as part of the diagnostic process that your problem might be related to the virtualization layer, or unless IDS is installed in a virtual configuration that has a known problem.
Informix Virtualization Platform support matrix
Certain combinations of chipset, virtualization solution, operating system and IDS version have been explicitly validated and tested. This virtualization platform support matrix can be found at theIDS virtualization support wiki on developerWorks. If you need IDS running in a virtual machine combination that is not listed here let us know. Many solutions (for example Microsoft Hyperv) are known to work well, they just haven't yet gone through the formalized testing process that was used to create this matrix.
IDS and the HP Virtual Server Environment (VSE)
If you have an questions and concerns about running IDS in an HP Virtual Server environment, HP have published an excellent document called the HP reference configuration for HP Virtual Server Environment (VSE) and IBM Informix Dynamic Server (PDF file). Complete with workload measurements and up to date with IDS 11.50 features this is a must-read for anyone thinking of using IDS on HP, and considering virtualization.
VMWare Guest OS Guide
Want to know if Solaris 10 x64 is supported as a guest OS in VMWare? A good place to answer questions like this is the VMWare Guest Operating System Installation Guide (PDF file) - it is the definitive guide to which guest operating systems are supported under VMWare and how to install them.
There is very active development going on to expand the current IDS virtual machine offerings, expect to see some interesting announcements in the next few weeks/months.[Read More]
The IDS virtual appliance download had a problem in the last few days. I am glad to report this is now fixed and a new version 1.2 (containing IDS 11.50.xC3) has been made available and can be downloaded as a self-extracting executable here: https://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/iwm/web/reg/download.do?source=swg-informixfpd&S_PKG=dl.
A compressed tar file is also due to be uploaded in the next day or so. Non-Windows users who would like to avoid the self-extracting executable and can't wait for the compressed tar file can rename the .exe file as a .rar file and use an unrar utility to extract it.
Thanks to "patrick", "hatrick" and "rougail" for alerting me to problem with the tar file last week (unfortunately Thanksgiving got in the way of getting it fixed).
New features and updates since 1.0
There have been many incremental improvements to the virtual appliance since version 1.0. Here is a list of some of the changes...
What would you like to see improved or changed? Please comment.
I am told the updated release notes will appear on the download site today, but here is a copy..
IDS 11.50.xC3 Developer's Edition Virtual Appliance V1.2========================================================[Read More]