Do you ever wonder what all the different IDS editions mean? Developer, Express, Workgroup, Enterprise? and how about those licensing models, VU, Authorized User, Concurrent Session? I don't have a clue, but Carlton Doe cuts a swathe through this complexity in his recently published developerWorks article Compare the Informix Dynamic Server Version 11 editions - Learn the differences in features, functions, and pricing models.
If you haven't figured out which edition and license model you need, Carlton's article, written with his usual passion for Informix, might be what you need.
Server Studio JE
Another developerWorks article that appeared this year (I should check that site more often), is Using Server Studio JE with Informix Dynamic Server by Dhanshri Kudgavkar and Prasanna Mathada, two engineers from the Interoperability Team in India. It's a getting started guide to the Java based Informix development and administration environment from AGS, which takes you through connecting, managing databases, routines, and other database objects. It goes through the major features and covers a few administration tasks, with screenshots.
Administrating and Developing with Informix
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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]
The Washington Area Informix Users Group has an $80 early bird offer for their two day technical conference on December 8-9: Forum 2006.
The forum includes:
To get a feel for the content take a look at the downloadable sessions from Forum 2005.[Read More]
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LiveTime, a popular service management, helpdesk and support application has just added support for IDS 11.10 according to this recent press release:
"Significant improvements in response times of IDS 11 coupled with the performance optimizations in LiveTime 5 has produced an order of magnitude improvement in overall application performance", said Jason Andrews, Solutions Architect at LiveTime Software. "We were also very impressed with the overall footprint of IDS 11, making it an ideal candidate for installation on a virtual appliance."
LiveTime has a policy of vendor neutrality, offering support all the major browsers, operating systems and databases.One of the major customers of the LiveTime and IDS combination according to this press release is the Flemish Government.[Read More]
It's good to see that IDSAdmin is finally downloadable from the Cheetah Beta download site.
If you are not a PHP head you might find installation instructions in the README file a little confusing. The IDS Experts blog is currently sporting a guide to installing IDSAdmin using XAMPP on Windows. If you are comfortable with having your GUI Admin console running on Windows, following the XAMPP instructions is perhaps the simplest approach to follow, if nothing else because the versions of software listed are known to be compatible.
By the time Cheetah is released, expect installation to be a lot simpler. The goal is a single package that can be installed via PHP. If you run into specific problems with this installation, make use of the Beta support forum so any problems get logged.
Update 3/15/06: Kudos to Unofficial Oninit Blog for the first documented installation outside of IBM: The Installation of IDSAdmin.[Read More]
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Remember the guy who was writing the six-part mega-demo themed around using IDS on Windows, featuring Visual Studio, Apache, PHP, OpenAdmin Tool? Well Akmal B. Chaudhri has now completed his opus, adding chapters on Eclipse, Squirrel SQL, and Ruby on Rails.
Here is the complete list:
The IDS 11 web page carries a very significant announcement today (well, yesterday) to coincide with this week's MacWorld Expo...The Big Cats Unite! Announcing IDS "Cheetah 2" for the Mac OS X Leopard platform - the first available Cheetah 2 beta release is now available to download for Mac OS.
Here is some of the press coverage:IBM's IDS to Support Mac Platform - Internet News.
IBM Informix Dynamic Server to Deliver Support for Mac OS X - CNN Money
There has been some speculation on the newsgroups as to what IBM's motivation for this is. Bernie Spang is quoted in the announcement as saying:
Expect to see more announcements in the coming weeks concerning Cheetah 2 features, and open beta availability for other platforms. In the mean time, if you have Mac OS X 10.5, give the first Cheetah 2 Beta a test and enjoy IDS on a Mac. Oh, and let us know what breaks. Well it is a beta, what do you expect :-)
Update: 1/17/08 - I'm adding a comment made by Brad Patterson to the main post as it is worth knowing before you download:
The files are x86_64 (64-bit) only and will not run on "older" Intel Macs.
myMac:bin informix$ file oninit
oninit: Mach-O 64-bit executable x86_64
I'll have to wait until I upgrade my laptop to Core 2 Duo to run this -- hopefully by then we'll be on a GA release!
Thanks Brad for testing this and sharing your discovery.[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]
After its October vacation Informix Zone has been making up for lost time with a flurry of news items and announcements. It was good to finally meet the site's creator Eric Herber when he stopped in Las Vegas to attend IOD during his travels. His report from the conference is posted here.
The big Informix Zone announcement this week is the IDS Developer Edition Wiki - a place where application developers can learn about Developer edition and share information with others.
What I like about this idea is that it's the first time a dedicated Informix wiki has been created, open for anyone to create an account and contribute. If you've ever wished therewas more information available for Informix users and developers here's an opportunity to do something about it. It's also a useful place for new users who download the free Developer Edition to get started.
If you solve a problem, why not write it up and throw it on the wiki? If you find a good link, add it to the site. Your technical tip or how-to becomes available for the whole community, and if you need it again you know where to look.
If this sounds like something you might like to contribute to send a mail to eric AT informix-zone dot com asking for an account. Once you have an account, look at the existing pages and refer to the DokuWiki syntax to get started.
p.s. Congratulations Eric on becoming a Certified IDS 11.10 Administrator. If you're contemplating taking the test, read the article to see how he prepared.[Read More]
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Please note the server hosting the IDS Infocenter, which receives 10,000-14,000 hits per day, is scheduled to be down for a 12 hour maintenance window this weekend. The planned downtime will be some time between Saturday, February 24, 2007 at 17:00 Pacific (01:00 GMT) and Sunday, February 25, 2007 at 17:00 Pacific (01:00 GMT).
If you have Informix plans this weekend you might want to download the information you need in advance..[Read More]
Why post a follow-up to a conference I didn't attend? Because the Washington Area Informix Users Group Forum organizers always have the decency to make PDF files of the presentations available. 2006 presentations packed with useful technical information are downloadable here: http://www.iiug.org/waiug/present/Forum2006/Forum2006.html.
Having read the presentations you'll no doubt want to see who delivered them. Meticulously documented for the historical record are keynote and party photos, along with conference speakers/sponsors: 1, 2, 3, 4.
But what was it like to actually be there? For that we have Jean Georges Perrin's conference blog, which begins "I am enjoying a glass of Chateauneuf du Pape in the Air France VIP lounge at Dulles". Hmm, I wonder where he's from, I'm guessing England.
The Cheetah open beta has been picked up by some of the German news tickers. Notably
Heise Online - Informix 11 als Beta-Version erhältlich, and
Linux Enterprise - 'Cheetah' - integrierte Lösung für IBMs Informix Dynamic Server.
Thanks Alexander and Eric for mentioning these. Now I wish I'd paid more attention in German lessons at school. Sorry Miss Jarvis.
The English language press release has been picked up by around 20 news sites at the time of writing.[Read More]
Yesterday a new developerWorks article was published called UDR enhancements in IBM Informix Dynamic Server V10 - IDS support for OUT/INOUT parameters and Named Return parameters.
The article is concise with some easy to understand examples of using the Multiple OUT parameters, Multiple INOUT parameters and Named return parameters features in IDS using the three supported user defined routine languages, SPL, C and Java.
The author Vinayak Shenoi is the guy who developed the "Multiple OUT parameter" feature in IDS v9.4, as well as working on the newer features described in the article.
Next week I'll be blogging from the Microsoft Vista Application Compatibility Lab in Redmond, WA. I'm looking forward to the 3 hour train ride up from Portland. It's scenic drive by car and I'm told even better by train.[Read More]
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The inaccurately named DB2 Magazine finished the year with a list of theMost read 2007 articles: DB2 and Informix in its blog.
IDS articles by Lester Knutsen get a couple of places in the top 10, in ninth place: SQL Shortcuts - Use these tricks to generate IDS SQL scripts, and second place: Embedding SQL in Unix Scripts.
Maybe if it had a different name more Informix users would read it, who knows..
IIUG Developer's Desktop - Issue 2
The second edition of the IIUG Developer's Desktop is out, this month including articles on:
Happy New Year / Guten Rutsch
This is probably the last post of the year as next week I plan to be getting cold and covered in snow in Government Camp, so let me take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and successful 2008.[Read More]
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I like reading Japanese Informix blogs as much as anyone, it's just too bad my browser displays them as question marks. Fortunately machine-translation is continuously improving. The following automatic translations from Japanese to English via Google Language Tools are quite readable:
Unofficial oninit blog - founded 2005/08 - the oldest Informix blog of any language?
Setnet32 - the antenna of setnet32
in4mix blog - the newest
Something I didn't know before but may be self-evident to Japanese people and polyglots is that Japanese days of the week are auto-translated to:
Sunday - Day Monday - MonthTuesday - FireWednesday - WaterThursday - WoodFriday - GoldSaturday - Earth
Looking into these translations a little further shows they have the same astronomical origins as most Indo-European languages including English, the weekdays of which we inherit from the Norse and Roman pantheons, and have a presumably much older common astro-theological origin. There is an interesting Astronomy FAQ which details the connections for some European languages and it corresponds nicely with this website: Japanese Days of the Week: the 'Seven Luminaries' which explains the links between the elemental forces of the Japanese day names to the same solar bodies as the Indo-European days, namely:
Sunday - SunMonday - MoonTuesday - MarsWednesday - MercuryThursday - JupiterFriday - VenusSaturday - SaturnWhere was I? Oh yes, Informix blogs. If anyone has links to other non-English Informix blogs please let me know so I can add them to the list.[Read More]