I saw an impressive demo of the IBM Database Add-ins for Visual Studio 2005 at the IOD conference two weeks ago. Around the same time a new article appeared on developerWorks: Work with Informix Dynamic Server V11.10 and IBM Database Add-ins for Visual Studio 2005 V9.5 by Vasantha Jayakumar.
Version 9.5 of the Add-ins adds support for IDS, letting programmers do things like build Windows applications for IDS using drag-and-drop, and create CRUD (Create Read Update Delete) type applications in a few mouse clicks for the first time. The article shows how to do this and more in a few simple steps, with screen shots.
Where is the best place for Informix users to download v9.5 of the Add-ins? The Informix Dynamic Server for .NET website points to the a forum post containing the links: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/forums/dw_thread.jsp?forum=1137&thread=173080&cat=19 which leads you to the IBM Data Server Client among other things. The Visual Studio Add-ins are part of this package.
Update November 7 2007: A new version of IBM Data Server Client 1.1 has been posted here today.
Update November 13 2007: There is a known problem enumerating IDS database objects in the current version. See this forum article VS 2005 :Issue enumerating IDS 11.1 GA using DB2 9.5 GA -enumeration fails for a workaround.