Friday was my last day in Tech Support and today I take up a new position in Development as IDS architect for install, common libraries and Windows. Having spent most of my career in tech support, there is plenty about the old job I'll miss. I'll subjectively state that Informix tech support is a great environment to work in. Unlike many tech support organizations Informix support engineers have equal status with their development counterparts, and have opportunities to work with source code, fix bugs and develop product features. The customer perspective that support engineers gain is valued by development and tech support sign-off is required during the review process for new features.
In the new role I am interested in any feedback and suggestions you might have regarding the IDS installation process (on any platform) - does it meet your needs? And if you use or plan to use IDS on Windows, anything you would like to see different or Windows features you would like to see better integration with? Let me know.[Read More]
Administrating and Developing with Informix
From archive: September 2007 X
A set of instructions for installing OpenAdmin Tool for IDS in a Linux XAMPP environment written by Erika von Bargen was added to the IDS Experts blog over the weekend. Now anyone wishing to install OAT with XAMPP can refer to:Read More]
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Look out for the upcoming Ziff Davis seminar on Wednesday September 26th, when Kevin Brown and Madison Pruet will talk about 99.999% - How Available is Your Business?
"Attendees will hear from IBM IDS technical leaders Kevin Brown and Madison Pruet who will discuss the importance of reaching 99.999% uptime, and why this level of business continuity can rarely be achieved with a "one-size-fits-all" solution. The availability capabilities of IDS 11 will be prominently featured."
Inside Informix V11
Eric Herber has written an article about IDS 11 in Database Trends magazine, which includes a nice Open Admin Tool screenshot of a MACH11 topology. For the impatient, go to http://es1.tecnavia.com/ee/databasetrends/# and skip to page 18.
September Chat with Labs - RFID and Web Services
This month's Chat with the Labs covers the new Web Feature Service - which can provide a useful service layer for any kind of data, including GeoSpatial. Here's the blurb.
Location Based Services and RFID using Web Feature Services
This feature implements an Open GeoSpatial Consortium(R) Web Feature Service (OGC WFS) in IDSto act as a presentation layer for the Spatial and Geodetic DataBlade modules. The OGC WFS interface allows requests for geographical features across the web using platform-independentcalls. The XML-based GML (Geography Markup Language) is used as the encoding for transportingthe geographic features. Our speakers for this Chat will be Jerry Keesee, Director of the Informix Lab and Alan Caldera, Senior IDS Development Engineer.
RSVP for this Chat at: ttps://ww4.premconf.com/webrsvp/register?conf_id=7267470
Comments, questions: lspina AT us.ibm.com
There are 3 IIUG Cheetah tech days on the US West coast in the next week:
Since the directions to the San Jose IBM facility on the website are allegedly unreliable, here are the directions in full:
Morgan Hill/GilroyTake highway 101 and head North. Take the 880 highway exit, right and head towards Oakland. Go 4.1 miles to 237 and go West onto 237. Go 2.4 miles to the North First Street exit, turn right. We are on the right side - 4400 North First St.
From San Jose Airport:Get onto North/West 87 (Guadalupe Parkway) and take ramp onto highway 101, towards San Francisco. Take the Great America Parkway/Bowers exit and head right. Keep straight onto Great America Parkway for 1.9 miles. Take 237, right, towards Milpitas for 1.0 miles and take the North First Street exit and head North.You.ll now be going over 237. We are on the right side . 4400 North First St.
From San Francisco Airport:Get onto highway 101 and head South towards San Jose. Go 26.7 miles to 237, towards Milpitas. Go 4.7 miles to the North First Streetexit and head North. You.ll now be going over 237. We are on the right side - 4400 North First St.
From Oakland Airport/ East BayExit airport onto highway 880 South, go 26.3 miles to 237 West. Go 2.4 miles to the North First Street exit, turn right. We are on the right side, 4400 North First St.
I asked Hrvoje Zokovic how the Cheetah Technical Workshop in Croatia went and here is his write-up..
Alfatec Group and IBM Croatia organized an IDS Cheetah Technical Workshop in Zagreb, September 5th-7th for IBM business partners and customers. The presenter was Scott Pickett and during three days of his addictive presentations attendees were informed about Cheetah new features. Besides the presentations, attendees got to grips with Cheetah during the labs – MACH11 with hdr, rss, clr and sds was configured by attendees in a matter of minutes. The new features enjoyed a rapturous reception, with attendees saying they are ready to start using Cheetah. Scott also announced more exciting features in future IDS releases.
Obligatory view out of the window.. I'm sure I've been lost in that part of Zagreb before
Scott sets his class an impossible exercise
For more pictures of the event check out Alfatec's photo album[Read More]
Did you know there are five developerWorks forums providing help for Informix Dynamic Server and Informix application development? I didn't until I counted today, and I may have miscounted as it's still early. The number has been growing over recent months as new development software such as the Common Client becomes available. Here is the current list:
IBM IDS Informix Dynamic Server Forum
This forum is a place to exchange ideas, ask questions and share solutions with your peers in the IBM Informix community about the Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) and tools. Active participation in the forum will allow all of the participants to get the maximum return. All information is for community discussion and should not be considered IBM support.
IDS Developer and User Forum
This forum provides a place for Informix Dynamic Server developers and users to share their questions, thoughts, and ideas with others.
Unleash the new Java, .NET, PHP and Ruby client and Developer solutions for IDS 11
IDS 11.10.xC1, Cheetah, supports an industry standard protocol (DRDA). New database providers that can connect to IDS (Cheetah), DB2 (Viper), or other IBM RDBMs are available. The focus of this forum is using these datasource providers with IDS.
The providers are as follows:Java: IBM® Data Server Driver for JDBC and SQLJ, Version 3.50.NET: IBM® Data Server Provider for .NET for Informix Dynamic Server, version 9.5PHP: PDO_IBM, Version 1.21Ruby: Version IBM_DB-0.8.
PHP Forum: Developing PHP applications with IBM Information Management products (DB2, IDS)
This forum is ideal for posting your questions about building better web applications with PHP and IBM Information Management products including: DB2, Informix Dynamic Server, and more. Suggested topic areas include: getting connected to IBM data servers from PHP using native extensions (ibm_db2) and PDO (PHP Data Objects). Other hot topics include using the PHP frameworks such as the Zend Framework and understanding the use of Zend Core for IBM and the new PHP Eclipse tools (PDE). Share your insights on how you use of XML capabilities (XML, XSLT, SQL/XML, XQuery) of IBM data servers from your PHP scripts.
Developer Solutions for IBM DB2 and Informix Dynamic Server (IDS)
This forum is ideal to engage in discussions related to the use of DB2 Developer Workbench 9.1 to simplify DB2 application development tasks. This forum has also been extended to provide assistance for IBM Data Server Developer Workbench 9.5 beta participants. IBM Data Server Developer Workbench 9.5 can be used with Informix Dynamic Server (IDS), DB2 for Linux, UNIX, Windows, DB2 for z/OS, and DB2 for i5/OS to save you time and energy to rapidly create database applications. Please indicate if you are using IBM Data Server Developer Workbench 9.5 beta or DB2 Developer Workbench 9.1 as you post your questions.
If you want to learn more about Developer Workbench don't miss Mark Jamison's IDS Experts blog series: New Common Development tool for IDS and DB2. He's begun an excellent tutorial/introduction which includes download and set-up instructions.[Read More]
The IIUG Calender of Events is rather full lately. Currently running is the IDS Cheetah Technical Workshop in Zagreb, Croatia. Next up is..
IDS Version 11.1 Executive and Technical Briefing - Bangalore
Date: September 11 2007
Ashish Jane writes about the upcoming Cheetah technical briefing in Bangalore with Kevin Foster..
On the 11th of September, at the IBM India Executive Briefing Centre,Bangalore, there is a comprehensive briefing on the release of IDS11.1 (codenamed "Cheetah"), the product roadmap and live presentationsof new product functionality. The keynote speaker is Mr. Kevin Foster who currently leads Informix ISV Development and Support.
Kevin is a heritage Informixer who was a Senior DevelopmentManager prior to the acquisition. He has a deep technical backgroundand is very well placed to discuss the product, it's features and it'sfuture.
Thanks & RegardsAshish
Cheetah Tech Days
9/12 Chicago, 9/19 San Jose, 9/20 Seattle, 9/26 Waltham, 9/26 Costa Mesa, 9/27 Salt Lake City, 10/30 Bethedsa, Maryland (DC User group).
These tech days have been taking place at various cities throughout Summer, and follow the same basic formula. Here is the announcement for the Seattle event, which like the last announcement I blatantly copied from comp.databases.informix:
We have scheduled a meeting for September 20th at the IBM Facility in Seattle Washingon.
Please join us!! Come and meet your local IBM Developers, Support Team andManagement to find out what is new and exciting at IBM! The most exciting thing happening thisyear is the latest release of Informix Dynamic Server, or CHEETAH! There will be a lot to discuss about Cheetah at this meeting.
** TOPICS ** "A Breath of Fresh Air"
What will Cheetah offer you?? A.I.R.
A - Agile (Scalability, Extensibility, Web Location Based Services)
I - Invisible (Embed-ability, small footprint, Admin Free)
R - Resilient (Global Availability, High Availability, Security)
8:30 - 9:00 Continental Breakfast and Registration
9:00 . 9:15 Welcome and Introductions (Darrel Riley - President SIUG)
9:15 - 10:15 Overview of IDS "Cheetah"
IBM will announce some exciting news about the next release of the Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) - code-named "Cheetah." We will highlight the new features, and cover results of therecent beta test run, along with a roadmap showing the direction of future IDS releases.
10:30 - 11:30 Agile - Performance enhancements in Cheetah, application development
If you thought IDS was fast now, just wait until you get your hands on the latest updates that deliver peak performance to your applications. Learn what has been added in IDS Cheetah(and what you've been missing if you are still on IDS 7.31). Find out the implementation details so you can take advantage of these for your solutions.
11:30 - 12:00 Agile - IDS an Agile Choice for Application Development
Do you Web 2.0? Find out more about how you can take advantage of a Services Oriented Architecture to easily deliver location based information to your applications. IDS extensibility and the new Web Feature Services in Cheetah make this possible. The new Basic Text Search that is included in IDS Cheetah will also be covered.
12:00 - 12:45 Lunch
12:45 - 1:45 Invisible - Enter the "Administration-Free Zone"
If you like the 'hands-free' reliability of IDS, you're gonna love the new tools that make administration even easier. The new OpenAdmin Tool for IDS provides a GUI based view of allof your data server activities - starting with a map of server locations that can drill down to the detail of an individual SQL statement. Other new features allow automatic scheduling to keep your weekends free.
2:00 . 3:00 Resilient - Availability Solutions in IDS "Cheetah"
IDS has long provided multiple robust solutions to support high availability of your data.IDS "Cheetah" builds on those strengths with new options to design the right availability solution to meet your needs. Learn how customers achieve 99.999% availability (less than 5 minutes downtime per year), and how these new choices can improve performance and provideworkload management for easy scalability.
3:00 - 3:30 Resilient and Secure - Protecting your Information Assets
Learn how the new security features in IDS, including Label Based Access Control (LBAC),can help you protect the information assets in your IDS databases. New levels of control will make it easier to isolate protected information to meet regulatory compliance requirements and gain competitive advantage.
3:30 - 5:00 View the Demos and Meet the Experts
You've seen the presentations, now take time to talk to the experts who created these newfeatures, and see demos that illustrate how you can use the new functionality in your applications.
TIME AND PLACE
- Date: Thursday, September 20, 2007- Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM- Networking and refreshments: ** Doors open at 8:30 AM for continental breakfast ** ** Lunch will also be provided ** (There is NO charge to attend this meeting)- Place: IBM Facility: Room 9026. Seattle, WA
- RSVP info: register via email, contact Cindy Lichtenauer:cindy _AT_ iiug.org
A new LBAC tutorial was published on developerWorks last week... IDS Label-Based Access Control, a practical guide, Part 1: Understand the basics of LBAC in IDS. The IDS 11.10 Label Based Access Control (LBAC) feature has much in common with the corresponding DB2 feature, so two advanced support engineers Manjula Panthagani and Joe Baric converted a DB2 tutorial to Informix.
See also the 2-part overview of LBAC on IDS Experts, written by one of the developers of the feature, Jihong Ma.[Read More]