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.
Administrating and Developing with Informix
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Today is turning into a good day for announcements...
Brought to you from Hagenau, France a new Web magazine has arrived: Informix Magazine. A Joomla! based creation, powered by IDS Cheetah, Hibernate and Java, Informix Mag describes itself as
..focusing on Informix Technology on products like IDS (Informix Dynamic Server), Informix 4GL (I-4GL)..
Looking at today's page it has some news items, as well as a conglomeration of other Informix news feeds, a DBA Zone and a Developer Corner for job postings.
JGP, looks good, when you read this please comment and tell us more about the site...
Here are Jean Georges Perrin's comments, which I'll add directly to this post, thanks JGP...
InformixMag aims to be the central place for Informix information, offering news, etc. It is purely a news site, it won’t have much unique and exclusive content, but I wish it to become the “Google for Informix information”. We have a real web-based forum, where we hope to see people discuss the news in a more efficient manner, etc. You have plenty of different partners already providing banners, Alfatec from Croatia, MoreData from Portugal, famous Kazer. We don’t want to “own” or steal content, just provide a convenient aggregation. We keep all copyright notices, and we are (soon) shortening long feeds, like yours :-). The project has been quite secret for a few months, released in a very early stage a few weeks ago, finding some partners has started last week. On the purely technical side, we have developed some technologies to aggregate the data from various places (including but not only RSS) and we are polishing the product and applying it in InformixMag. I’ll talk about the product later. It’s still alpha. We use a derived (or very extended) of Joomla, as you said, but the core of the data, is using Cheetah, Hibernate and Java…[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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Oninit is hosting an Informix Data Server Uptime Survey sponsored by Open PSL, aimed at gathering current data on how Informix software is being used. Responses will be put into a draw for an expenses paid trip to the European IDUG Conference in Vienna in October 2006. The survey closing data is September 14th 2006.[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]
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]
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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:
Thanks for your patience...
The Cheetah Beta site is now working: http://www-306.ibm.com/software/info/ids/cheetah/ - and so are the beta downloads: https://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/iwm/web/preLogin.do?lang=en_US&source=swerpsw-idscob3.
Go on, try it. Also a new forum has been set up for Cheetah test run support: http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/forums/dw_forum.jsp?forum=1071&cat=19.
Check out Fernando Nunes' blog for a comprehensive summary of the many new features: http://informix-technology.blogspot.com/2007/02/cheetah-in-wild.html.[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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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]
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]
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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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.
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Wanted to point out a great Walkthru on setting up informal on Raspberry Pi.
The author work with IBM in the IOT area. It's a really good read