Day three of the IDUG/IIUG conference, a short walk from St Stephen's Cathedral - an imposing gothic edifice if ever there was.
The Informix side had lots about Java, extensibility, PHP, ER/HDR, Onstat, archecker, and a thought provoking demo of Jan Musil's XML blade, which uses the Virtual Table Interface (VTI) to serve XML files as IDS tables.
Cindy fung shared some details from the IDS product roadmap for the next few years.Summary: there is a large ongoing R&D investment in IDS, and some very cool features lined up for Cheetah and beyond.
For another view from the conference floor check out JGP'sPostcards From Vienna.[Read More]
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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]
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
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]
The classes and presentations are being finalised for the IBM Information on Demand conference at Anaheim on October 15-20. Here's the flash:
The main Informix related topics can be viewed here: Data Servers - Informix, also scheduled are some pre-conference technical education courses on Sunday 14th, including a one day Informix Dynamic Server Problem Determination Class. I'm scheduled to talk about "Rapid Development using Java Server Pages (JSP) and IDS" on the Wednesday, though I hope I get to attend the rest of the conference. Entertainment will be provided by Wayne Brady and Gladys Knight! among others.
Here's a link to the conference blogs.[Read More]
Received a speaker marketing kit for the IDUG 2006 Conference in Vienna today so now might be a good time to post a flyer for it. Note there is a chance to win a free registration on the website.
There's a diverse range of sessions listed. I'm signed up to deliver five presentations - IDS Internals for Windows, Application Performance, and three talks on Informix and Java - JDBC, JSP and J/Foundation - what was I thinking?
Conference aside, it's always a pleasure to take in some Austro-Hungarian architecture and a litre or two of Gold Fassl.[Read More]
Not finding a lot of time to blog from this year's IOD conference in Las Vegas yet. This is of course due to high workload and not related to unlimited free drinks in the Expo Center and receptions. Here is a quick personal view of some of the announcements from the conference so far, will hope to post more later.
Informix Application Development Website
The IBM website has a new portal dedicated to application development with Informix: http://www-306.ibm.com/software/data/informix/ids/ad/. This is a good place to get started for information on using Informix Dynamic Server with .NET, PHP, Perl, Ruby on Rails, IBM Data Studio, Java, EGL, ESQL/C and 4GL.
IDS Developer Edition - Free
At last... a free edition of IDS 11.10 for non-commercial use with no time limits. The Developer Edition will be downloadable from developerWorks and the IIUG website. Check the Developer Edition website for updates around November 6. The Developer Edition limits concurrent sessions to 20, CPU VPs to 1, memory to 1GB, database size to 8GB. Beyond this all IDS Enterprise Edition features are available including the Mach 11 replication features, built-in blades, Server Studio, J/Foundation etc. People have been requesting a fully-featured free edition of IDS for years, and the debate has continued this year so it's great to see this change in policy. If you're at the conference stop by the IDS booths at the Expo Center for a free Developer Edition DVD. IDS DE will initially be available for:
The release notes can be found here.
IDS on Mac
A free version of IDS 11.10 for the Mac OS is under development and will be available for the Developer Edition. There was going to be a demo of this in the exhibition center today, though I'm not sure the machine arrived. Watch the DE website for announcements.[Read More]
For anyone going to the IOD conference next week, here's a preview of the Developer Den sessions. Now that IDS 11.10 supports the DRDA protocol more common API technology is becoming available that was once only for DB2. The Developer Den format is a 30 minute presentation and/or demo followed by an open discussion. I am mostly interested in learning more about the Data Server Workbench and related technologies. Some of the new talks I'm hoping to get to see are:
There also talks by old favorites like Paul Watson on Advanced SPL, and Martin Lurie on the Google Maps API. I have a session on using chat bots as a database interface, where I'll try and convince you chat bots are the next big thing. A full guide to the Developer Den sessions can be found at the Technical Skill Building - Developer Den website.[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]