Another very useful thing about this website is that it is currently the best place to download the latest 11.50.UC5 IDS virtual appliance. (The xC5 VA is also available through Fix Central but not currently very easy to find - we're working on that...)
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The Informix on Campus initiative now has its own domain: http://www.informixoncampus.org/ - the site has some great links to freely downloadable Informix training material. Examples include: Performance, Introduction to IDS, Extensibility, Data Studio, Object Oriented Approach and Databases, Application Environments, Introduction to Websphere Application Server Community Edition, Service Oriented Architecture and Web Services, RDBMS Enterprise Features, Virtualization and Cloud.
The Informix on Campus blog reports on a new IDS certification entitled IBM Certified Database Associate - Informix Dynamic Server 11.50 Fundamentals.
To attain this certification, candidates need to pass a single exam.. Test 000-555: IBM Informix Dynamic Server 11.50 Fundamentals.
So what is the difference between the new Fundamentals Exam and the IBM Certified System Administrator - Informix Dynamic Server V11 exam?
The System Administrator exam tests more on the specifics of IDS installation, configuration, monitoring and troubleshooting, whereas the Fundamentals exam tests a wider DBA knowledge including..
To see if you are ready to take this test, have a go at the online Sample test.[Read More]
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.[Read More]
A series of IDS 11.5 technical workshops for business partners is taking place in Europe and Asia in the new year. The 3-day workshops are free to attend and will cover:
The upcoming dates and locations are:
To learn more about the workshops and to find out how to enroll visit: IDS 11.5 boot camp
On second thoughts don't learn along with me. I have the attention span of gnat. Learn along with Kate Dawson, who recently joined the Data Server Education Team in Toronto and is documenting her experiences in a new blog called Learn along with me: Data Server training, certification, and education resources. In her current post she spotlights the free certifications available at upcoming data server conferences such as the IIUG conference in April, along with available self-study tutorials, certification guides, and self-assessment exams.
Welcome to IBM Kate.[Read More]