- Advanced DataTools is sponsoring a contest at the International Informix User Conference in Kansas City, April 26-29, 2009, to find and honor the fastest Informix DBAs. The challenge is to take a basic Informix database server and a SQL script that takes about 30 minutes to run, and see who can get it to run the fastest. Can you take a new Informix install and, without any prior knowledge, optimize it in 30 minutes?
There are various categories based on age, experience and job function, and one winner takes home a grand prize of an iPod Touch.
I like this idea, and hope it becomes a regular event at conferences. A future category I'd like to see.. fastest non-human DBA - see how autonomic performance tools and features like genonconfig (config wizard) and others rank. It would be a good experience for the developers of autonomic and self-tuning features to see how badly they do against seasoned DBA's, and to get ideas on how to improve their code.