A new blog dedicated to Informix in schools, colleges and universities began this week. Created and maintained by Pamela Siebert, the Informix on Campus blog includes some useful links, including the Informix on Campus wiki and the Facebook page.
The wiki aims to provide a easily accessible getting start site for members of the educational community to start learning about, using, and developing training material based on Informix technology. With a free Developer Edition, a self-contained virtual appliance (available as a VM image or as an Amazon Machine Image), and a wide range of free training material available, IDS is well-placed to be a useful part of academic curriculums teaching Data Processing related topics, both at a theoretical level and in practical applications that demonstrate key topics such as high availability, security, transaction processing, application development etc.
Getting Started with Informix Application Development Flash Book
One item the Informix on Campus blog links to is Jacques Roy's draft flash book: Informix Dynamic Server Application Development:Getting Started. Currently running at 86 pages, topics covered include Informix extensibility (user defined types and blades), Installing and setting up IDS, install and set up of client environments. Programming topicsinclude Java and the Informix JDBC/IBM Data Server drivers with related development tools, PHP (PDO_INFORMIX, PDO_IBM, Zend Core). Ruby and Ruby on Rails, and .NET development.
Take a look at the draft and provide feedback. My feedback.. firstly I love seeing all this application development information for IDS in one place, well described and easy to follow. I'll definitely be using it as a reference when I need a .NET or Ruby on Rails example.I'd like to see more about the IDS virtual appliance in a later draft since the VA is a completeapplication development environemt in a box, providing a way of skipping theinstall and set-up steps of developing with IDS and enabling people to get started developingright away.