IBM Informix - SQL & NoSQL
keshavamurthy 0600019DXM Tags:  group conference prize iiug informix user 4gl free ibm genero 2,480 Views
To celebrate the CHANGING of The Guard with Anita McKeithen from IBM taking over the CHAT WITH THE LABS, the IIUG is going to give away ONE full conference pass INCLUDING a Full Day of Tutorials at its annual conference, more than a $1000 value to one lucky attendee of the first CHAT with the LABS that Anita is hosting, this Thursday April 21, 2011. For details about the IIUG conference May 15 - 18, 2011 in Overland Park (KC area), KS, USA visit http://www.iiug.org/conf
And anyone on the call can get a FREE day of Sunday tutorials included with their registration if they are on the call.... For details, join the call and we will tell you how to get this VERY limited one time offer. (New Registrations Only)
The Call Details
April 21, 2011
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Eastern (GMT-05:00)
10:30 AM Central
8:30 AM Pacific
16:30 hrs London
17:30 hrs Frankfurt, Paris
10:00 PM India
IBM Informix Genero
Speakers: Jerry Keesee (Director of Informix worldwide, IBM), Shawn Moe(IBM Technical Product Manager)
IBM Informix Genero is a new product that we are happy to be able to offer in partnership with Four Js. Informix Genero offers an exciting set of functionality for the modernization of Informix 4GL applications. In this Chat with the Labs session, we will discuss the business aspects of the new Informix Genero offering, including packaging, sales, and technical support. Informix Genero is offered in both development and runtime editions. We will discuss some of the new language constructs, platform support, and other functionality that Informix Genero offers to Informix 4GL developers. We'll discuss the Informix Genero architecture, some approaches for converting from Informix 4GL to Informix Genero, and some options for extending your applications with the new Informix Genero user interface functionality. We'll wrap it up with a discussion on Informix Genero web services and how they extend the new Informix 4GL web services support.
Jerry Keesee, Director of the Informix Lab will introduce the call and Shawn Moe, IBM Technical Product Manager will be our technical speaker.
Presentation material will be available at http://www.ibm.com/informix/labchats prior to the event.
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keshavamurthy 0600019DXM Tags:  user may ibm informix david conference watson ferrucci 2011 lenexa group 2,461 Views
After the Watson Jeopardy contest, I saw couple of very good presentations at ibmwatson.com, reading up on the work in the book Final Jeopardy.
I'm half way thru the book... will review the book in another blog.
Yesterday, I got to know Dr. David Ferrucci will be speaking at IIUG Conference in Lenexa this May. This is pretty exciting.
Here is the announcement.
keshavamurthy 0600019DXM Tags:  quality ibm checklist conference iod atul informix gawande 2,854 Views
IBM IOD Conference started with big bang today morning. Tomorrow, Atul Gawande will be the general session's guest speaker at IBM IOD conference 2010. He has long list of accomplishments, but did you know he also contributed to Informix v11.70? Here's how.
When we were starting v11.70 work, I saw his interview with Charlie Rose where he was talking about simple checklists saving lives in hospitals by reducing mistakes in routine things like proper installation of IV lines. He had written an article on it in New Yorker, was discussing results of world wide study of results using 90-second checklist for surgery. Here's a quote from the article: If a new drug were as effective at saving lives as Peter Pronovost’s checklist, there would be a nationwide marketing campaign urging doctors to use it. Later in 2009, He wrote the book , The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right.
Within Informix, we've had checklist for a long time(e.g. what all the code to make when we do parser changes), but didn't have a feature wide checklist. In analyzing customer bugs for the last few years, I had observed, even though we try to cover all cases between unit, functional, integration, stress and interoperability testing, we do miss some cases and combination. We would depend on the requirements, design and test specs and their review to catch all scenarios. At the start of Informix v11.70 development, I created a simple checklist, that started with something like this.
We added all the statements from ALLOCATE to UNLOCK, all major features which would bring new scenarios (MACH11, Enterprise replication, Administrative API, etc), all the tools, and other features planned for v11.70. Development, QA analyzed these from requirements (both externally visible and engineering requirement), design issues that may crop up in that combination, what relevant tests are necessary for that scenario.
Every checklist analysis yielded new scenarios to consider, decide what should be the requirement, do design to include scenario and test in house. We saw improvements internally in scenarios we caught and addressed before we released the product. Hopefully you've tried Informix v11.70 by now and hope you see the improvements to the product and quality. Checklist is not an alternative to good requirement collection or good design, but it helps doing things right.