Antonio Cangiano writes in his Zen and the Art of Programming blog that version 0.7.0 of the Python driver/wrapper for DB2 and Informix is now out of beta.
This release includes improved Unicode support, plus some bug fixes.
Antonio's blog also mentions in the comments that we can expect to see a Django adapter soon.[Read More]
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Thanks to the wonders of jet lag I'm in the office bright and early and catching up with some of the Informix content over the last two weeks...
Real-time Database Monitoring with PHP
Marty and Aron Lurie have published an intriguing developerWorks article DB2/Informix and open source: Database defense against the dark political arts - Real-time monitoring of your database for career enhancement. It includes PHP code which uses ODBC to monitor system tables to provide real-time database information. I see they managed to include a reference to the quasi-mythical Informix race-car..
Ruby/Informix 0.5.0 released
Gerardo Santana's Ruby extension for IDS continues its rapid development with the release of version 0.5.0. Download it from http://rubyforge.org/projects/ruby-informix/
0.5.0 12/27/2006------------------New features: * Easier to install * BigDecimal accepted for input parameters * BigDecimal used for instantiating DECIMAL and MONEY values * Cursor, Statement, Slob and Database accept an optional block that automatically frees resources after execution. Based on ideas and pseudo-code by Edwin Fine
Ruby on Rails/AJAX developerWorks Article
Continuing the Ruby theme Jack Herrington has written a database generic developerWorks article entitled Build Ajax into your Web apps with Rails Practical examples of how to use Ajax with Ruby on Rails. Worth a look.
Informix Zone has a new Python corner which kicks off with a tutorial from Carsten Haese on using a number generator to create a Fibonacci sequence. Part 2 promises a how-to on incorporating number generators with InformixDB.
Happy New Year![Read More]
Trouble with Locales follow-up
Nobody likes it when they upgrade and their application stops working, which is probably why the Trouble with locales post from May generated more feedback than any other. Removing support for implicit locale conversion when DB_LOCALE settings were mismatched, thus introducing a potential backward incompatibility, was a regrettably unavoidable step to prevent the possibility of data corruption. A recent IIUG Forums mail highlighted the fact that some of the documentation covering Code-Set conversion is no longer correct (at the time of writing), like this example from the JDBC Programmer's Guide: Unicode to Database Code Set...
Gerardo Santana's Ruby driver for Informix has been updated to version 0.2.1. The new update is to fix some problems with free() calls which were causing crashes on Windows XP SP1. See the freshmeat page for details.
On the subject of Ruby, Informix Zone has added an article Talking with Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby to IDS showing Informix Dynamic Server programming examples for each of these free programming languages, including an overview of the "database abstraction layer" architecture they use.[Read More]
InformixDB Python API 2.3 was released on October 1.
From Carsten Haese's announcement:
Changes since version 2.2:[Read More]