The Washington Area Informix Users Group has announced free registration for Forum 2006 to anyone providing proof of a round-trip ticket from outside the United States. The regular registration price is $120. See the Forum Website for more details, including discount hotel rates.
Kudos to the conference organizers for encouraging international participation.[Read More]
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Back in May I mentioned there may be a tech fair in Menlo Park later this year. I was a few miles out but if you're based in the California Bay Area mark your calenders for September 14th - the Bay Area Informix Tech Fair is going ahead in San Jose. This is an opportunity to spend a day learning about Informix topics from Advanced Support and Development engineers and meet other Informix users in the area. If you'd like to attend or have questions please RSVP..
FREE Informix Tech Fair
IBM Informix Advanced Support & Development Speakers:
Ajay Gupta, Guy Bowerman, Joaquim Zuzarte, Santosh Sajip, Suma Vinod,Vijay Lolabattu
Come and see demos integrating several application technologies.
Having a problem or question about Informix? Talk to an engineer and get free advice about your specific issue. Time is limited.
WHEN: September 14, 2006 9:15am - 4:30pm
4400 N 1st St, Suite 100
San Jose, CA 95134
The free Bay Area Informix tech fair is Thursday September 14th in San Jose. Send your RSVPs (or questions) to email@example.com if you can attend.
Here is a final list of planned talks and demos:
Bring your problems - engineers from Advanced Support and Development will be on-hand to discuss problems and answer questions. Hope to see you there.[Read More]
Got something to say? Say it at IDUG North American Conference 2007 and get free admission. The deadline for abstracts is September 1st 2006, so if you were thinking about submitting a presentation now is the time to visit the website. The 2007 conference is on May 6-10 in San Jose California, home of the San Jose Sharks and the safest big city in America. Here are the links:
Online Submission Form
And of course the conference already has its own blog.[Read More]
Today I updated an earlier post about Visual Studio 2005 run-time DLL dependencies to discuss an additional option - embedding the manifest file in an executable.
Next week this blog will be broadcasting from the IOD conference in Anaheim, where I'll be kept busy with a JSP talk, making up the numbers in an IDS performance panel, representing Windows in Meet the Experts and volunteering in the daily news team. So if you see a bright and cheerful engineer delivering your news at 6:30am, it won't be me as I'm not good at mornings.
The scale of the conference and number of technical topics to choose from borders on overwhelming. From the planning emails I've seen the organizers have been working very hard to get this ready. Hope to see you there.[Read More]
Today's post contains an assortment of events, catching up from having been somewhat lacking in blog time last week..
A wet day in Waltham
The New England Informix User group met last Friday at the IBM Waltham facility. On the agenda were Marty Lurie and his son Aron cutting school to present their Google Maps/IDS mash-up. Carlton Doe went through some of the many IDS 11.10 feature highlights; and I subjected the attendees to my relentless IDS Internals for Windows and JSP/AJAX presentations. June Hunt who organized the meeting was giving out prizes, including two very cute cuddly cheetahs.
IDUG NA 2007 - San Jose May 6-10
IDUG NA starts in a few days in San Jose. Expect the usual plethora of seminars, presentations and events. I'll be mumbling my way through the aforementioned IDS Windows and JSP/AJAX talks, along with one on Krakatoa/Solano. The material will differ from the downloadable IDUG versions due to new slides on Windows 64, Windows Vista and other topics being added at the last minute.
Free Certification Testing
Note that both the IDUG and IOD conferences include free certification testing. For the first time the IDS v11 Certified System Administrator certification test will be available.
Hint: the new exam has a higher percentage of questions about new features than previous IDS certification exams. To prepare for this exam make sure you set aside enough time to thoroughly learn new v11 features.
IOD Conference - May 21-25 May 2007 - Düsseldorf
The IOD conference in Düsseldorf is also nearly upon us. Again there is a lot going on, check the Conference website for more details.
KCIUG Tech Day: 9am-4pm June 12 2007
The Kansas City Informix User Group is sponsoring a Tech Day on June 12th, 2007. The theme for the day is:
What will Cheetah offer you?? A.I.R.I'd have called it H.A.I.R (Highly), but that's just me. Details can be found in the latest IIUG Insider.
IOD Conference - Oct 14-19, 2007. Las Vegas, NV
The Information Management überconference Information on Demand 2007 takes place in October. This year's conference will be bigger than ever with the addition of the Filenet conference. Expect 500 technical sessions.[Read More]
Downtown San Jose was bustling with Mexicans on horses, teenage girls and pasty engineers on Sunday as it hosted Cinco de Mayo celebrations, the NCVA Junior Girls Volleyball Power League Regionals and IDUG North America.
IDUG kicked off with a series of Sunday educational seminars. Of the 5 Informix ones I managed to catch Speed and Performance in IDS presented by John Miller and 20 year Informix veteran Scott Lashley who was grumbling about being offered a senior coffee in Macdonalds - I'm sure it was an innocent mistake. It was good to pick up some performance tips from the experts - must increase my physical log size to take advantage of non-blocking checkpoints - ok the online log has been telling me that for a while but it's good to get a reminder..
Fancy hoof-work on W San Carlos
Today saw the official start of IDUG. For the keynote two retired IBM fellows Pat Selinger and Don Haderle were reanimated to discuss the future of database technology. They have a cute comedy routine going with a dash of bawdiness, which makes a change to standard hype-laden conference keynotes.
Monday was the busiest day for me with my interminable JSP/Ajax and Krakatoa/Solano talks and booth duty but did get to attend one Special Interest Group meeting - Informix for Data Warehousing & Business Intelligence - where hardcore data warehousers shared their thoughts and questions with Kevin Fennimore, Ron Flannery and Martin Lurie. The consensus is these guys would like to see more XPS warehouse friendly features ported into IDS. Tomorrow I just have to inflict my soul-crushing IDS Internals for Windows presentation (it's soul-crushing in a good way, honest) and can then report on a few other sessions.[Read More]
Yesterday was the last day to upload draft presentations for IDUG 2007 - North America (May 6-10), taking place in San Jose, home of the Museum of Quilts and Textiles, not to mention the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts in Western North America, allegedly. So far I have uploaded 1 out of 3 drafts, and in the spirit of prevarication am now writing about it rather than finishing the job.
Browsing the conference grid I see there are 4 separate Informix tracks and plenty of new material. It's reasonable to expect we'll be learning a lot more about Cheetah (IDS 11.10). There is an early bird discount available until March 23rd.
The IBM Information Management Technical Conference 21-25 May 2007 in Düsseldorf, birthplace of Altbier and Kraftwerk, in that order, is currently gathering papers. Early bird discount lasts until February 28.[Read More]
The rest of IDUG rushed by in a blur, here are some notes..
In the morning I delivered my IDS for Windows internals talk. If anyone downloads the slides from the conference website or IIUG please note they claim the 64-bit Windows port of IDS will not support ISM. As development plans have progressed this has since turned out to be a cheap lie, ISM support is now planned. In my defense, I am a cheap liar.
Freed up to attend a few sessions I followed a meandering path of application development, security and Linux, beginning with Sergio Ferreira's JSTL SQL tags talk, which starting with the Java web stack explainedJSTL - the Java Standard Tag Library, EL - Expression Language, and how to use the various JSTL components such as SQL.
In the afternoon Alexey Sonkin provided some tips on Optimizing Linux for IDS - I was expecting this to get very technical and was not disappointed. Topics included performance comparisons for different Linux filesystems, partitioning optimization for drive geometry, picking the best I/O scheduler for database performance, optimizing the kernel memory swapping algorithm, the quadratic dependency between network connections and SOC VPkernel processing time, and FASTPOLL.
Here is a copy of the official conference agenda for Tuesday evening:
On Wednesday morning I met Anatole Vishon who demonstrated some of the new features in Server Studio 6.x currently in beta and due for releaseto coincide with IDS 11.10. There is a lot to cover in Server Studio and I'llsave this for a separate blog entry later this week.
In the afternoon I caught Jonathan Leffler's Encrypted Communications with IDS 10.0 presentation which took us from Kerckhoff's Principle, the Diffie-Hellman key exchange protocol and AES to setting up encrypted network communication in IDS using Encryption CSM.
Next was Paul Watson going through some Public and Free Datablades- a useful range of blades to extend SQL functionality that are freely available and easy to build and install. For some reason Paul thought I'd make a good sacrificial goat for various object relational questions that came up - maybe it was a punishment for arriving late, either way I'm going in disguise to his next talk.
Later that day coaches were laid on to give conference attendees a taste of BayArea traffic and transport them to a reception at IBM's plush Silicon Valley Lab (SVL). As the throng were shepherded to the reception area we were waved and cheered by resident developers - presumably the slow ones who were unable to get away when rounded up.
On Thursday the only session I managed to see was Gary Ben-Israel's Hitchhiker's Guide to J2EE - an illuminating guide to the framework universe, AJAX, EJB, and some of the serious problems to that need to be overcome when developing within a Java framework. As a result of this talk and some offline chats I've added Wicket to my "to learn about" list.
Throughout the conference the Exhibit Hall was busy. IDS had 4 pedestals, including an IDSAdmin demo showing new replication features and an interesting gaming development demo which I hope this blog or IDS Experts might cover in the near future.[Read More]
Day 2 of the IDUG 2006 conference in Vienna... technical talk of the day for me was Jordan Bruce reporting on a Major Canadian Retail Drugstore's experience migrating 100+ Informix Dynamic Server IDS 9.30 instances on SCO to IDS 10.0 on Suse Linux. He explained he was hoping to report on lessons learned, but there weren't any. The entire migration proceeded with no errors. All instances are still running after a year with zero down-time and greatly improved performance. The session also included details on an in-house inventory utility built using ADOdb and IDS - a good demonstration of how the dependability of IDS combined with open source development and operating system technology can result in significant cost savings without compromising reliability or performance.
Exhibitions in the Klimt ballroom