The Informix tech fair took place today here in a pleasantly cool and sunny Beaverton. The main events were:
Informix Application Development Overview - my survey of the available Informix drivers and code examples in various languages. I was surprised to learn how much Informix open source activity there is out there when researching this talk, and thank Jonathan Leffler for providing some very useful material.
A surprise demo of a phpIDSAdmin - an IDS admin tool we've been putting together which demonstrates some of the new server administrative features coming up in IDS 10.5.
Sun Technology Talk. Greg Kriekenbeck from Sun spoke about IDS 10 on Solaris 10 and shared some results from recent benchmarks they've been running. He highlighted some of the performance and tracing features in the open source Solaris 10 OS. The Sun team reminded us of the competition to Win a free $20K Sun AMD Opteron 64bit Server.
Free pizza and a chat with some of the local IDS developers.
Ian Ilsley's Introduction to IDS Extensibility - covering UDRs, datatypes, blades and some of the newer extensibility features in IDS 10.
Rekha Nair from the Migration Team showed us a demo of the latest IBM Migration Toolkit (MTK) which now includes tools to migrate from Oracle and Sybase SQL Anywhere to IDS, with more features coming soon.
Hyun-Ju Vega's IDS Fragmentation (Table Partitioning) talk - including defining fragmented tables, altering, attach/detach, monitoring and new fragmentation features in IDS 10.
The day ended with a quiz to win a glamorous IBM laptop briefcase thing. Overall it went well, there are even rumours there might be a tech fair in Menlo Park later in the year.