A great sign of the rejuvenation of Informix is the proliferation of new blogs and websites devoted to the product in the past year. Highlights include The Informix Zone, independent of IBM and the definitive website for Informix advocacy and content. The Informix Technology blog, an excellent source of well-researched in-depth articles. Informix Magazine an IDS driven portal and aggregator for all things Informix. The IDS Experts blog - a new platform for Informix Tech Support and Development engineers. Meanwhile, the International Informix User Group has negotiated a free download of IDS with no time-limit, in addition to the growing repository of user contributed Informix utilities. Open source Informix initiatives have also been on the increase, for example the Informix Driver for Ruby and the continued development of DBD::Informix.
Lessons I have learned after a year of blogging include:
- Marketing prefer project names not to be revealed too soon
- Finance like sales growth figures to be limited to the number of significant digits
- There is a healthy diversity of opinion within Development regarding undocumented information ranging from the Cathedral to the Bazaar
It has been fun writing the blog this past year and I have got to know some good people along the way. Informix has a loyal and growing following both inside and outside of IBM, having earned its status as a cult database through a combination of performance, reliability, small footprint and ease of administration that place it in a category of its own. Yes I am biased.