The IOD conference starts in Las Vegas on Sunday and this is the time of year when I glare enviously at anyone who doesn't leave everything to the last minute and isn't working on their conference sessions.
I am relieved that at least that my Hands on Lab: 1230 Getting Started with the IBM Developer Cloud and Informix Dynamic Server is complete (with a lot of help from co-author Yunming). It's been fun working on this lab and getting to use the cloud features.
What is the IBM Developer Cloud? The IBM Smart Business Development and Test Cloud site describes it as "a dynamically provisioned and scaled runtime environment that provides everything needed to develop and test application code". If you have not tried it, it's worth a look. It's in an open beta phase at the moment, which means it's free to create an ID and launch your own images. Another invite-only beta phase is scheduled to begin in December that will include many new features. In the lab we'll launch our own Informix cloud images, manage connectivity with RSA key pairs, set up web services, HDR and MACH11 on our cloud instances. In case I'm not shamelessly promoting it enough, I also plan to hand out free Amazon Web Services Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) vouchers at the lab, so if you're attending IOD come along to Breakers-C on Wednesday afternoon (2pm-5pm) and try it out. We'll also be demo'ing the Informix Developer Cloud image in the Expo hall at certain times.
If you're planning on being there, hope to see you at the Community reception at 8pm on Sunday.
This year's European IOD Conference
is taking place in Berlin, June 2-5 2009, and the deadline for submitting papers is Feb 13.
Here is the conference information...
The largest and most valuable IBM Information Management event in Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA)
Wednesday - Friday, 3-5 June (Business Partner Programme Tuesday 2nd June)
Estrel Convention Centre, Berlin, Germany
Come see how…
* You can reduce costs within your organisation * You can leverage your existing Information Management technology investments for new business opportunities * You can build an Information Agenda for your organisation * You can improve the customer experience * You can drive competitive advantage through reuse * You can get to market faster * You can improve the reliability and flexibility of your infrastructure * You can optimise operational efficiency * You can utilise innovative solutions for data and information management * You can create new selling opportunities * You can mitigate risk and manage compliance * You can uncover best practices from leading EMEA organisations * You can network with your peers and learn from each others’ experiences * You can ensure success for global sourcing strategiesWho?
Technical and Business leaders, together with our Business Partners across all industries who are responsible for:
* Business Intelligence & Performance Management * Enterprise Content Management * Data Management * InfoSphere (Data Warehousing, Data Integration and Data Quality)Additional linksCall for SpeakersRegisterInformix CAC Meeting at IOD
And, in particular:
Technical Personnel such as:
* IT Managers * Database Administrators * Data, Content or Information Architects * Developers * Consultants * Enterprise Architects * ERP and CRM Managers
The Informix Customer Advisory Council will also be meeting at the conference. Here are the details:
A face-to-face meeting will be held before the start of the IBMInformation On Demand EMEA Conference 2009, where there will be numerous IDS technical sessions and customer-led Informix success stories. The meeting details are as follows:• Venue - Estrel Convention Centre, Berlin, Germany • Date - Tuesday, 2nd June, 2009• Hotel & Travel information - http://www-01.ibm.com/software/uk/data/conf/hotels/index.html• IOD Conference information - http://www-01.ibm.com/software/uk/data/conf/Please contact Gayathri Magie at gayathri _at_ us.ibm.com for more details about the CAC and the upcoming meeting.[Read More]
Waiting at McCarran airport in a contemplative frame of mind for a flight back to Portland afforded some time to reflect on the recently completed IOD 2008 conference..
Sadly I did not get to attend as many talks or keynotes as I would have liked to this week, having had multifarious activities to work on or prepare for every day, but the main themes of the conference for me were...Virtualization and Virtual Worlds
We announced the IDS 11.50 Developer Edition virtual appliance
last week and are seeing a lot of interest in it. Informix virtual appliances were present at various places in the conference Expo hall. I was manning the Intel
booth where we were showing IDS and DB2 SLES 10 SP2 virtual appliances running under the VMWare ESxi hypervisor layer which comes optionally pre-installed on IBM Blade machines.
At the VMWare booth the first 100 people to fill in a survey were given cool looking 4GB USB drives containing the IDS and DB2 appliances. After that they were handing out DVD's.
Meanwhile at the Canonical
booth they were demoing an Ubuntu 8.04 LTS (Hardy Heron) version of the IDS virtualappliance. Those Canonical guys are fun to work with, and Ubuntu is hugely popular because, simply put, it's easy to use and itperforms well
. Stand by for more newsabout Canonical and Informix in the near future.
Among the conference technical sessions we had an intro to the virtual appliance, and ahands on lab which provided an opportunity to play around and do some programming in the Data Studio environment that comes pre-installed on the appliance. On Wednesday eveningthere was a Birds of a Feather session where some interesting feedback was provided on what people thought of the initial virtual appliance developer edition, and what they would like to see as IBM extends its virtualization strategy for Informix. One thing thatwas great to hear in this session was the favorable response from people who have tried itso far. It works, it's easy to use.
It was interesting to learn how people intend to usethe current version of the VA. Someone from a "very large retail chain" mentioned that many of their vendors supply solutions in the form of self-contained virtual appliances these days, andit will be useful to him to give the IDS appliance to any of these vendors who claim theydon't do Informix and need a starting point for Informix application development.
Another use for the virtual appliance that is gaining traction is as a core part of the Informix academicinitiative. The components required to make IDS an excellent educational platformhave fallen into place in recent times. The first was the release of the free IDS Developer Editionin IDS 11. Now everyone had access to a free IDS edition with all features enabled.Now with a virtual appliance that contains the Informix development stack, pre-configured,in one place, along with getting started tutorials, it makes for a self-contained classroom and laboratory just waiting to have a database administration and programmingcurriculum developed around it. Here's another idea - when the Ubuntu IDS virtual applianceis available, install the Edubuntu
package on it - then you have a state of the art educational aid for a range of age groups that also teaches database programming.
At the bleeding edge of Informix research Lance Feagan is doing some cool things with IDS and Virtual Worlds. Lance had a couple of very interesting presentations and demo's in this area which I'd like to post more about. In the meantime take a look at this recent IBM Database Magazine article Informix Dynamic Server bridges virtual and real worlds
to get the idea.Windows
I had an IDS on Windows Deep Dive presentation scheduled for the final 11:30 to 12:30 sloton the last day and was not especially expecting anyone to show up. Lucky for me 7 determined people turned out to see 56 slides of non-stop Windows - a mixture of IDS on Windows architecture, recent Windows specific features, notes on embedding IDS on Windows plus some performance and troubleshooting tips. That reminds me, I like the new name for Windows 7, Windows 7
I have been known to fritter away as much as $10 when Ivisit Las Vegas. On Thursday evening I happened past a group of Informix slot machine junkies (Erik, Howard and Madison) and decided to throw caution to the wind and engage in a bout of reckless gambling. At $4 in it was not looking good, then I hit the jackpot and won $7. That was enough for me, I cashed out with a healthy profit. That's right, for a good time in Las Vegas don't hang out with me.Parties
There were some fun parties at IOD (I hope there are no photos from the Halloween party). HP and Intel showed their renewed enthusiasm for Informix by sponsoring an IIUG reception. Check out Spokey's Informix Zone blog
where he has kept track of who has posted photos.
Jacques Roy somehow managed to report on every day of the conference in his: Informix and Computing blog
. If you are more of the visually stimulated type,turn to roving photographer and Frenchman Jean-George Perrin who has amassed a large collection of conference images on his Facebook site
The IOD conference has started, with Customer Advisory Council meetings on Saturday, Business Development Day on Sunday, and a welcome reception last night with free flowing food and drink. It wouldn't be a conference without mercurial Frenchman Jean-Georges Perrin taking photos..
Don't mess with the International Informix User Group
See more of his pictures on Facebook
. I'm already starting to wonder if it was wise to get a permanent Informix tattoo.. ah well, it's Vegas.[Read More
Here is some pre-conference training and certification information for anyone thinking about attending the IOD conference in Las Vegas (Mandalay Bay, Oct 26-31). For the training, four of tech support's finest join forces to offer a troubleshooting course which promises a high factor of usefulicity..Free Certification Testing at IODCERTIFICATION TESTING LAB
Take advantage of free professional certification testing for Information Management, WebSphere, SOA, XML, Tivoli, and Rational software while at the conference. The first three tests are free, additional exams are offered at a discounted price of $75.00 each. CERTIFICATION “MEMBERS ONLY” LOUNGE
All IBM Information Management Certified Professionals will be entitled to visit the ‘Members Only’ Certification Lounge. This café-style lounge is designed for the ultimate in relaxation. Comfortable seating, quiet study areas, chair massages and unique refreshments are just a few of the amenities. > MorePre-Conference Education Classes
Get an early start to building your skills at the Information On Demand Global Conference by attending one of our full day education classes. These classes will be offered on Sunday only, October 26th, 2008 from 8:30 am to 4:30pm at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Take advantage of preferred attendee pricing of US $399.00 and get a full day of education, delivered by professional IBM instructors. Registration is now open, sign up early as seats will be limited. IDS Troubleshooting
Speakers: Hyun-Ju Vega, Suma Vinod, Mark Jamison, Ron Privett
Learn more about troubleshooting from the experts – the IBM Informix advanced support team. Attendees will learn Informix diagnostic methods and tools, how to troubleshoot and diagnose performance problems, connectivity and network issues, memory problems, ER/HDR problems, and Windows specific issues.SKILLS HUB @ IOD -- NEW IN 2008!
Network at the Information Management Skills Hub! Come to the Skills Hub to learn more about IBM Training, Services, and Support in one convenient location. Talk to experts from Data Management, InfoSphere, Cognos, and Enterprise Content Management. Learn about IBM Professional Certification, Training, Software Services, Premium Support, developerWorks and Redbooks. Network with your peers and enjoy exclusive giveaways and offers. Complete a short survey and get a cool 2.0 USB Hub -- helping you connect everything you need to your computer! > More
Thanks to a habit of arriving fanatically early to airports I can spend a few minutes sifting through the embers of the IOD 2007 Conference, from the perspective of someone who missed half the talks he wanted to attend due to clashes with important engagements such as lunch, refreshment breaks, and food left unattended in conference rooms. Here are some of my highlights:Demo 'til you Drop
Demo 'til you drop is a brutal gong show styled event where participants demo their pants off until they make a mistake, pause, something fails to work, or they mention their product supports Oracle. Congratulations to Informix's Alexander Koerner who won the show with his notorious "Cluster in my trousers" (aka Cheetah to Go) demo of Informix Dynamic Server 11.10's replication features running on memory sticks.Exhibition Hall
Informix had several booths in the Expo hall, including demonstrations of Open Admin Tool (OAT), Replication (ER, HDR and Mach11), Label Based Access Control (LBAC), and IDS for the gaming industry. We were also handing out a DVD which included the free IDS 11.10 Developer Edition. Nearby another line of booths was reserved for Informix partners, such as Cobrasonic
, and Kazer
I'm not very good at gathering freebies at conferences, because I was brought up to feign interest in a product before collecting the loot and this can be time consuming. Fortunately many booths had interesting wares, such as the SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 SP1 Live DVD being given away at the Novell booth, which includes a very nice desktop interface and Lotus Notes 8.Data Studio
There were many talks and Developer Den sessions centered around IBM Data Studio
- the new Eclipse based development environment formerly known as Developer Workbench - and its various tools and features. It was good to see some demo's and tutorials showing how easy this is to use. Now I need to try some of them back at the office..Net application Development
Writing .Net programs for IDS is becoming much easier. Ajay Aggrwal's "Rapid Application Development on .Net for IDS" session lived up to expectations and demonstrated using the new IBM Database Add-ins for Visual Studio 2005 to create working Informix .Net applications in minutes.Self-Contained Informix Applications
Alexander Koerner let us in on his Cheetah to Go secrets with a detailed session showing how to use Qemu
to create a self-contained IDS demo application consisting of a fully functional IDS Mach 11 cluster with demo applications on 512 Mb USB drives.IDS versus the Competition
Simon David, better known as Cosmo, shared some comparisons configuring and benchmarking IDS vs Oracle, and pointed out some inaccuracies and bias in a recent Forrester report.Rise of the Robots
Friday morning sessions can be a little under-populated so I had visions of my Developer Den session about interfacing databases with chat bots going something like this:
Guy: Welcome to exciting world of chat bots.Chatbot1: Sensors indicate room is empty.Guy: Silence Chatbot1Chatbot2: Destroy all humans.Guy: No-one asked you.
Fortunately a few people wandered in by accident and the chat bots cooperated, which was good enough for me.
Overall there was a positive feeling at the conference amongst Informix attendees - the increased investment and focus on Informix by IBM is reaping results. It's good to be working on a product in ascendancy, and hear in person comments from DBA's who use IDS and like where it's going.
Not finding a lot of time to blog from this year's IOD conference in Las Vegas yet. This is of course due to high workload and not related to unlimited free drinks in the Expo Center and receptions. Here is a quick personal view of some of the announcements from the conference so far, will hope to post more later.Informix Application Development Website
The IBM website has a new portal dedicated to application development with Informix: http://www-306.ibm.com/software/data/informix/ids/ad/
. This is a good place to get started for information on using Informix Dynamic Server with .NET, PHP, Perl, Ruby on Rails, IBM Data Studio, Java, EGL, ESQL/C and 4GL.IDS Developer Edition - Free
At last... a free edition of IDS 11.10 for non-commercial use with no time limits. The Developer Edition will be downloadable from developerWorks and the IIUG website. Check the Developer Edition website
for updates around November 6. The Developer Edition limits concurrent sessions to 20, CPU VPs to 1, memory to 1GB, database size to 8GB. Beyond this all IDS Enterprise Edition features are available including the Mach 11 replication features, built-in blades, Server Studio, J/Foundation etc. People have been requesting a fully-featured free edition of IDS for years, and the debate has continued this year
so it's great to see this change in policy. If you're at the conference stop by the IDS booths at the Expo Center for a free Developer Edition DVD. IDS DE will initially be available for:
- IBM AIX® Power PC® 64-bit
- Hewlett-Packard HP-UX PA-RISC 64-bit
- Hewlett-Packard HP-UX Itanium® 64-bit
- Linux® Intel® 32-bit
- Linux Intel AMD 64-bit
- Sun Solaris SPARC 64-bit
- Sun Solaris AMD64/Opteron
- Windows® 2003 32-bit and 64-bit
- Windows XP 32-bit and 64-bit
- Windows Vista (except Home Edition) 32-bit and 64-bit
The release notes can be found here
.IDS on Mac
A free version of IDS 11.10 for the Mac OS is under development and will be available for the Developer Edition. There was going to be a demo of this in the exhibition center today, though I'm not sure the machine arrived. Watch the DE website
for announcements.[Read More
For anyone going to the IOD conference
next week, here's a preview of the Developer Den
sessions. Now that IDS 11.10 supports the DRDA
protocol more common API technology is becoming available that was once only for DB2. The Developer Den format is a 30 minute presentation and/or demo followed by an open discussion. I am mostly interested in learning more about the Data Server Workbench and related technologies. Some of the new talks I'm hoping to get to see are:
- 1211 Using the New Data Server Workbench with IDS CheetahJacques Roy, IBM, Technical Lead
This presentation describes and demonstrates the capabilities available in the Eclipse-based tool Data Server Workbench 9.5 to work with IDS Cheetah.
- 1612 Introduction to Developer WorkbenchDebra R. Eaton, IBM, DB2 SWIT
The IBM DB2® Developer Workbench (DWB) gives DB2 9 database developers the ability to develop database application objects that access data. DWB is based on Eclipse Technology, which replaces the Swing-based DB2 Version 8 Development Center. Get an introduction to the Eclipse user interface and basic data development tasks.
- 1648 How the JLINQ Application Framework Simplifies Database AdministrationBill Bireley, IBM, Senior Software Engineer
- 1733 Rapid Application Development on .NET for IDSAjay Aggrwal, IBM, DM Desktop Applications
IBM Database Add-ins for Visual Studio 2005 allows rapid application development for users of IBM databases in the .NET platform. It has a rich set of features to cater to application developers, database designers and database administrators. This presentation highlights the specific features in the tool that were added for IDS. You can connect to an IDS data source and create windows and Web applications. Database objects such as tables, views, functions and stored procedures can be created using designers. The tool also allows you to view and modify data for existing tables and functions. You can also run existing procedures and functions, and you can generate Microsoft® IIS Web methods for existing objects in Web applications.
- 1747 IBM's Java Persistence StrategyStephen Brodsky, IBM, Architect for DB2 SOA, Data Application Develpoment
There are many persistence APIs for java programmers to access the database. The IBM Data Server tooling team is introducing JlinQ to help address some of the limitations in previous approaches. This presentation will provide an introduction into JlinQ and how it compares to the various approaches. The following approaches will be covered: JDBC, JPA, EJB2, Spring, Ibatis, Hibernate, SQLJ, and JlinQ.
- 2544 Overview of Visual Studio Add-ins for IBM Data ServersAjay Aggrwal, IBM, DM Desktop Applications
In this presentation, we touch on opportunities that can make your life easier as a developer with IDS or DB2® Version 9.1 for z/OS® and Microsoft® Visual Studio. Many times we are just a click away from a feature that will save us significant amount of time.. This talk guides you to major and minor features of Visual Studio Add-ins for IBM data servers in hopes of reducing your development effort and maximizing the use of your tools.
- 1811 10x Productivity Increase in Java Development with New IBM JLINQ ToolsSonali Surange, IBM, Technical Lead
Using the new IBM JLINQ, you can be ten times more productive when developing Java™ and SQL. Learn how Java application developers and IBM data server database administrators can cut down on SQL coding errors inside Java and build complete high-performing Java applications and tests without writing a single line of code. Customize SQL inside Java using IBM JLINQ tools to take the drudgery out of SQL programming using SQL code assist, SQL validation, quick fixes, SQL execution, SQL open definition and thirty more tools features.
There also talks by old favorites like Paul Watson on Advanced SPL, and Martin Lurie on the Google Maps API. I have a session on using chat bots as a database interface, where I'll try and convince you chat bots are the next big thing. A full guide to the Developer Den sessions can be found at the Technical Skill Building - Developer Den
Today's post contains an assortment of events, catching up from having been somewhat lacking in blog time last week..A wet day in Waltham
The New England Informix User group
met last Friday at the IBM Waltham facility. On the agenda were Marty Lurie
and his son Aron
cutting school to present their Google Maps/IDS mash-up
. Carlton Doe
went through some of the many IDS 11.10 feature highlights; and I subjected the attendees to my relentless IDS Internals for Windows
presentations. June Hunt
who organized the meeting was giving out prizes, including two very cute cuddly cheetahs.IDUG NA 2007 - San Jose May 6-10IDUG NA
starts in a few days in San Jose. Expect the usual plethora of seminars, presentations and events. I'll be mumbling my way through the aforementioned IDS Windows and JSP/AJAX talks, along with one on Krakatoa/Solano. The material will differ from the downloadable IDUG versions due to new slides on Windows 64, Windows Vista and other topics being added at the last minute. Free Certification Testing
Note that both the IDUG
conferences include free certification testing
. For the first time the IDS v11 Certified System Administrator
certification test will be available.Hint:
the new exam has a higher percentage of questions about new features than previous IDS certification exams. To prepare for this exam make sure you set aside enough time to thoroughly learn new v11 features.IOD Conference - May 21-25 May 2007 - Düsseldorf
The IOD conference in Düsseldorf is also nearly upon us. Again there is a lot going on, check the Conference website
for more details.KCIUG Tech Day: 9am-4pm June 12 2007
The Kansas City Informix User Group is sponsoring a Tech Day on June 12th, 2007. The theme for the day is:
What will Cheetah offer you?? A.I.R.
A - Agile (Scalability, Extensibility, Web Location Based Services)I - Invisible (Embed-ability, small footprint, Admin Free)R - Resilient ( Global Availability, High Availability, Security)
I'd have called it H.A.I.R (Highly), but that's just me. Details can be found in the latest IIUG Insider
.IOD Conference - Oct 14-19, 2007. Las Vegas, NV
The Information Management überconference Information on Demand 2007
takes place in October. This year's conference will be bigger than ever with the addition of the Filenet
conference. Expect 500 technical sessions.[Read More
The IOD conference ended on Friday. I missed some sessions owing to conferenceduties, but below are some personal highlights..
For a view of the conference from Jean-Georges Perrin's inimitable Gallic perspective, and better photos, check out Postcards from Anaheim: Information On Demand 2006
.Mike Eisner's keynote
I sometimes skip keynotes but was glad to attend this one. Mike Eisner is obviously an art lover, drawing on the world of fine art in many of his points. One analogy he used was that of Pointillism
. Using "Sunday on the Island of La Grand Jatte"
by Georges Seurat
to illustrate micro-management - the dots representing the minute aspects of the organization, which in his viewshould be controlled by management - while at the same time encouraging mistakes, a few bad dots do not ruin the overall picture.
At the Q&A at the end, which sadly avoided anything controversial, he wandered off-topic to repeat something taught to him at a young age - how to tell good art from bad. If you look at a paintingand it is nice, pleasant and comforting, it is probably bad art. If it is repellent and does nothing for you it is probably also bad art. If it is confusing, challenging, makes you think for a while and want to look at it again, it's probably good art.IDS and Web Services
In the developer den Alexander Koerner had in interesting talk about using IDSas a web service consumer and provider. I'm keen to see whether he forsees anypotential in using the IDS Solano feature as a web service provider. The developerden also had free copies of a recent Red Book "Developing PHP Applications for IBM Data Servers
" which covers Cloudscape, DB2 and Informix. IDS Performance
There were several good IDS performance presentations, as well a Birds of a Feathersession. One talk I managed to attend on Friday morning was Jeff Filippi's "Informix SQL Performance tuning tips" which had some effective real-world tuning examples.Blackberries
I enjoyed Christoph Jaeger's "Informix IDS and Blackberry Mobile Applications"session. At one point he threw his Blackberry on the floor, which prompted a member of the audience to throw his Palm into the aisle. I was about to smashmy cellphone and shout "DESTROY THE MACHINES" when I realised they were justextolling the relative durability of their personal communication devices.
An important customer meeting took place here.
Arvind Krishna's Data Servers keynote at IOD today added some detail about Cheetah. Starting with some reasons why 8 of the top 10 retailers and 20 or the top 25 supermarkets use Informix Dynamic Server, he went on to outline some of the new Cheetah features, including enhanced performance, reliability and availability, enhanced spatial geodetic support for location based services, advanced security features such as LBAC, Common Criteria Security Certification, encryption across replicated nodes, encryption for backups and key management.
A new press release also coincided with the start of IOD: IBM Previews IDS "Cheetah" Data Server
In the morning I attended an interesting talk by Christian Holzer (former midfielder for 1860 Munich
) entitled The German Premier Soccer League: Powered By Informix, WebSphere and EGL
, describing how data on every action in German and Austrian football league games are recorded into an IDS database and used by media companies for real-time graphics and by team coaches for researching players and selecting teams. Successful tests with RFID
chips on players and in the ball are leading to massively increased real-time data gathering in future seasons. There was speculation in the audience about whether RFID chips would lead to an end to offside disputes. Christian's view is that the offside rules need to be changed before that can happen since they don't currently specify whether it's just a foot, or any part of the body which triggers offside - this could affect placement of RFID chips.[Read More
The IOD conference officially starts this morning, and various pre-conference events took place over the weekend. A large numbers of IBM business partners showed up for Business Development Day. DB2 and IDS problem determination classes took place, the Informix Customer Advisory Council had a two day meeting to exchange views and learn more about marketing and development plans for IDS. I was there for the second day in time to learn more about planned HDR, security, location based services, XML, EGL, high availability, administration and competitive features for Cheetah and beyond.
Obligatory smudgy cell-phone photo..
The 2007 Informix marketing budget is spent on a t-shirt, and the hotel want their cat back
Today I updated an earlier post about Visual Studio 2005 run-time DLL dependencies
to discuss an additional option - embedding the manifest file in an executable.
Next week this blog will be broadcasting from the IOD conference
in Anaheim, where I'll be kept busy with a JSP talk, making up the numbers in an IDS performance panel, representing Windows in Meet the Experts and volunteering in the daily news team. So if you see a bright and cheerful engineer delivering your news at 6:30am, it won't be me as I'm not good at mornings.
The scale of the conference and number of technical topics
to choose from borders on overwhelming. From the planning emails I've seen the organizers have been working very hard to get this ready. Hope to see you there.[Read More
The classes and presentations are being finalised for the IBM Information on Demand conference at Anaheim on October 15-20. Here's the flash:
The main Informix related topics can be viewed here: Data Servers - Informix
, also scheduled are some pre-conference technical education courses
on Sunday 14th, including a one day Informix Dynamic Server Problem Determination Class. I'm scheduled to talk about "Rapid Development using Java Server Pages (JSP) and IDS" on the Wednesday, though I hope I get to attend the rest of the conference. Entertainment will be provided by Wayne Brady and Gladys Knight!
Here's a link to the conference blogs