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]
Administrating and Developing with Informix
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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]
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]
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.