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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
You may have seen announcements for the 2008 IIUG Informix Conference in Lenexa on April 27-30 this year. Ones like this for example..
But is it worth going to? why Lenexa? what can we expect this year?
I put these and some other tough (well slightly tough) questions to IIUG President Stuart Litel who kindly agreed to an exclusive interview with the Informix Application Development Blog..
A. It will be a very technical event with a concentration on purely Informix. All the sessions revolve around the entire Informix product line.
Q: Why did the IDUG and IIUG conferences go their separate ways?
A: A few reasons.
1) The IIUG Board believed that the users wanted a more affordable and Informix only event. We had experience at doing two day events before and we attracted many more people.
2) We wanted to do an event that was a break even event financially, not where costs were very high and the price had to be high and also not to make a big profit, but only to put a little seed money away to cover costs to do an event each year.
Q: Why would people want to take time out of their work schedule to attend the IIUG Conference?
A: I have personally been to each and every Informix conference since they started about 15 years ago. I personally believe it is not only what you learn but the people and relationships you make, such as meeting you the first time a few years ago and fellow Informix users around the world. If I have technical problems or questions I have the contacts throughout the world to talk to and help with my word situation.
You will be learning and meeting some of the best instructors, but at conferences you are meeting the best technical trainers from IBM, developers like yourself, Jonathan Leffler, John Miller, Madison Pruet, Kevin Brown, Scott Lashley as well as fellow users who you can share work experiences. I have often said give me two days at a conference with power users and developers vs ten weeks of Informix only classes and you will learn not only more but create the right contacts to assist you in your every day business life. And don't forget you can meet Carlton Doe and get a copy of his IDS 11 book autographed!
Q: Attending a conference is a big waste of money, discuss..
A: I definitely dont agree with that statement. See all my comments below. I mean for about $1500, three days, over sixty sessions on JUST INFORMIX and its related products, how can you beat that. I have heard well its not only the money but also the time away from the office. Please tell me what better deal there is in the IT / IBM / Informix world. The IIUG created this event to be just that an event that people will learn about and talk about later. I have heard people comment about coming to Kansas City, whats there to do. Trust me I just about the same thing, but it does not matter where we hold the event, we are there for the event and to learn and meet fellow users and this proved to be the perfect location.
As for the Conferences being a waste, hey I have been to every Informix Conference there ever was under Informix Corp. Every IBM event that had Informix content (the old Technical Conferences and now IOD) and IDUG / IIUG event and most of what I have learned and almost all the Informix contacts I have in the world were all made due to coming to these conferences. It is like anything else, it is what you make of it, and here you have the opportunity to make what ever you want with fellow users from around the world.
Q: What presentations are you planning to attend?
A: Me personally, to tell you the truth I have not looked at the sessions yet. But there is over 60 Informix technical sessions, the most number of Informix sessions than any IBM conference or other event anywhere in the world! and for the price, how can you beat this! The bad news I doubt I will get to any sessions, because I will be too busy with the event. Although I try not to miss sessions from what I call the "Gang of Five", the Five IBM Distinguished Engineers - they are always the best (of course Guy I will get to your sessions).
Q: Why Lenexa, I mean come on, why Lenexa?
A: If you take a right hand turn out of the hotel it is College Blvd. Drive five miles or so down the road and that is where most of the Informix developers and support team for IBM are actually located. Many of these people will be presenters at the conference in addition the Monday night party we intend to invite the entire Informix development and support staff to the party. One big family is what I am calling it!
Also Kansas City is centrally located in the middle of the United States so we are not at either coast. I remember the biggest Informix conference ever was held in Chicago with over 5,000 attendees and I believe one of the reasons was due to the location. What do they say in real estate... LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. well Overland Park / Lenexa / Kansas City provided just this.
Q: Do you have any entertainment lined up for us?
A: Wait you said people were there for the technical sessions... OK I will give you an exclusive PEAK but will not spill all the details.
Sunday night will be a reception in the Exhibit Hall starting around 6PM
Monday night will be an event which I will call "Party with the Informix Family" with all the attendees, developers and support staff from the area invited and Tuesday night is an off site event which I will not give you any of the details. But here is something I will say to you... They put me in charge of the parties, so if you have met me before you will know the food and beverages will be good (and I love to eat and I hate drink coupons hint hint :) )
Over the years I tell lots of Informix stories and I will always remember a few years back at an Informix conference run by IBM I walked down a hallway and there was Jonathan Leffler sitting on the floor eating lunch with some users drawing all kinds of technical information. Give Informix users some good Informix content and pizza on a box and a corner to sit in on the floor and they are happy... We re there for the technical information, but the entertainment will be fun too!
Q: How are the registration numbers looking so far?
A: We are way ahead of schedule. As of the writing of this to you, we only have space for about 110 - 120 more people. The hotel can only hold about 340 people in the main conference room, so that is our limit. Also on the Hotel room block, we have blown over it twice! I had to call the hotel and get more rooms under the hotel room block. We are way ahead of projection. In fact we have more Informix people already registered than attended last years combined IDUG / IIUG event and we still have over 11weeks to go!
Also on the side of Sponsors / booths... We have more booths already signed up an paid for then the IBM IOD and IDUG 2007 events combined!
Q: Why Lenexa again?
A: Cause we want to be where the developers are! It gave us access to the core of the Informix team (of course besides you guys up in Portland, Oregon!)
We have three of the most important people in the IBM Informix world coming to speak. Arvind Krishna is the Vice President of Database Servers for IBM Information and he will be the keynote. If you have never heard Arvind speak, he is truly very informative and very entertaining. Also speaking will be Jerry Keesee and Bernie Spang together. Jerry is the Director of World Wide development for IBM Informix and this past year at IOD, Jerry's session was one of the few for any product that was standing room only. In fact they closed off the room due to fire regulations. Bernie Spang is the Director of WorldWide Marketing for IBM Information Management Databases. These two are great together, which is why I asked them to do it together. It will be fun to see who gets more time on stage!
And speaking of these three individuals, there will be some world class special announcements happening that I cant talk about a this time, but they will be press worthy announcements happening (opps that is all I can say). But there is some other special stuff happening that I have not even told the conference committee yet that I have planned up my sleeve.
Speaking of the Conference committee, these people are doing one heck of an amazing job. Lead by IIUG Board Member Cindy Lichtenauer, One of the IIUG Founders and first President Walt Hultgren and long time IIUG Board Member James Edmiston, they are joined by long time Informix users: Kernoal Stephens, Tammy Frankforter, David Link, Bruce Simms and Tom Beebe.
Also one last note. I got an email from someone in Croatia the other day who is coming. He figured out that he can fly to the USA, stay for the entire conference and pay for the conference registration for less than it costs just for the registration only to an IBM conference in Europe and this event is where the true Informix knowledge will be, so he is coming to the event and urging other users in Croatia to also come.
Personally I have estimated that the total cost of the event for someone in the USA including Airfare, hotel and conference registration is only about $1500 from most anywhere in the lower 48 states! Remember a week at an IBM class is I think about $2500 just for the tuition and IOD registration is about $1595 for the EARLY BIRD. Here you get much much more for about the less cost!!
Thanks Stuart! From what I've heard the list of sessions is being finalized about now. Here is where you can check the list of Confirmed Technical Sessions. Hope to see you there in April.
Here's an IIUG conference summary email that was sent to IIUG members today..
No other conference in the world will focus this intensely and comprehensively on the Informix product set. For 3 action-packed days across 5 content-rich tracks, from April 26-30, there will be an absolute focus at The Marriott Hotel in Overland Park, Kansas — which is right down the street from the Informix Development Labs.
Don't delay register now! http://www.iiug.org/conf/2009/iiug/register.php
No matter how you look at it, this conference is an unbeatable deal. So, plan on being at the 2009 IIUG Informix Conference in Overland Park, Kansas April 26-29, 2009.
TUTORIALS (Sunday April 26th)
TECHNICAL SESSIONS (Monday April 27 — Wednesday April 29)Over 85 technical sessions over three full days!For an updated list of sessions, visit: http://www.iiug.org/conf/2009/iiug/sessions.php
CERTIFICATIONAll attendees can take IBM Information Management Certification exams at no cost. Each of these tests is a $150 value!
The IIUG 2009 Conference in Overland Park, Kansas is coming up on April 26-29th.
Cindy Lichtenauer from the IIUG Board of Directors recently sent an invite which introduced the conference as follows:
Nowhere in the world will you find a conference where you will get more foryour money!
For the low price of $649 you will be able to attend three jam-packed daysof Informix-only content. You can attend the 2009 IIUG Conference and yourconference fee, hotel, airfare and all meals will be less than what youwould pay for the registration fee alone at other conferences! Beat theprice increase on March 1 and make sure you will be able to attend, as the2008 event was a complete sellout.
We have lots of new content this year including 5 tracks containing 88technical sessions, Keynote presentations from IBM executives, greatnetworking opportunities, an exhibit hall filled with Informix vendors andfree IBM certification.
Afternoon Sessions (1:00pm-4:30pm, Lunch 12-1 included)
All Day Sessions (8:30am-4:30pm, Lunch and breakfast included)
If you're going I hope to see you there. This year I'm currently scheduled to give a presentation on Informix virtualization, and have a standby session on IDS on Windows. If all goes well I'll get to participate in some usability sessions and demo's as well..[Read More]
To anyone who thinks this blog has lost its originality and has just become an outlet for announcements for conferences, user group meetings, chats with the lab, I'd like to say
2010 IIUG Informix Conference - Call For Presentations
Proposal Submission Deadline: November 1, 2009
The Conference Planning Committee is currently soliciting presentation proposals for the 2010 IIUG Informix Conference, to be held April 25-28 in Overland Park, Kansas USA - http://www.iiug.org/conf. The conference provides a forum for the exchange of information among Informix DBAs and developers and is the premier technical Informix event of the year.
This is your opportunity to share your expertise with a global audience of Informix enthusiasts. If you are selected as a speaker, you will receive a complimentary pass that provides access to all break-out sessions, conference-related events and meals.
The Committee is looking for content that will be of interest to all audience levels. Subjects related to all current Informix and Informix-heritage products, or products that operate in those environments such as other IBM products, third party, Open Source and cross-platform products are welcome.
Topics relevant to today's environment and of interest to conference attendees include, but are not limited to:
To see the presentation guidelines and submit your abstract, visit the Call for Presentations web page - http://www.iiug.org/conf/call_for_presentations
The deadline for submitting your presentation proposal is November 1, 2009. If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at email@example.com.
The IIUG Conference Team
A few stragglers from the IIUG conference are camping out at the Doubletree for various meetings this week, and the consensus is that the first IIUG conference for many years was a great success as well as being fun. Good job Stuart and team. The sponsors I spoke to appreciated having such an Informix focussed attendance at the booths too.
If you were at the conference this week there is a good chance you'll see yourself in the IIUG Conference 2008 photos, as enigmatic Frenchman Jean-Georges Perrin was very efficient with his camera.[Read More]