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11.50xC3: Feature Summary

11.50xC3: Feature Summary

IDS 11.50.xC3 has just been released. Informix fellow Fernande Nunes from Portugal published a summary about the new functionality available in this release:

Newsletter Oktober 2008

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Neue Ausgabe des IBM/Informix Newsletters

Im Newsletter-Archiv befindet sich die neueste Ausgabe (10/2008) des INFORMIX-Newsletters.

Inhaltsverzeichnis der Ausgabe Oktober 2008:

  • Aktuelles
  • TechTipp: CREATE_OR_REPLACE PROCEDURE
  • TechTipp: SPL: termin()
  • TechTipp: SPL: weekdays_until()
  • TechTipp: SPL: Umwandlung von Datumsformaten
  • TechTipp: SMI - Sysmaster Interface - sysenv
  • TechTipp: SMI - Sysmaster Interface - sysenvses

IBM Database Magazine - Informix Content

IBM Database Magazine - Informix Content

New content arrived at the IBM Database Magazine website.

You might have already heard that The Informix Zone received the IBM Data Champion award. There is an article from Scott Bisang titled IBM Lauds its Data Champions that describes the award and mentions The Informix Zone. Unfortunately the award itself - which has already been shipped by IBM - hasn't been delivered by the carrier as of today. As soon as I receive it, I'll share a few photos here.

Start Developing with the Linux/IDS Virtual Appliance

Start Developing with the Linux/IDS Virtual Appliance

Amazing news for developers ! The IBM/Informix team has created a virtual appliance based on VMWare and Suse Linux. The appliance allows developers to get familiar with INFORMIX technology and immediately start the development of applications that work with this superior IBM data server.

You can find more detailed information about the IDS Virtual Appliance at Guy's Blog:

SDS Node to be stuck in Fast Recovery

SDS Node to be stuck in Fast Recovery

I thought it would be useful to share the following information as this is not very well described in in the IDS V11.5 Information Center.

The problem evolved after trying to start an SDS Node. The successful connect of the SDS Node was documented in the online.log of the Primary:

20:51:21  SDS Server gepard_sds1 - state is now connected

The onstat -g sds command executed on the Primary confirmed that:

Webcast: Informix Data - Ready, Set, Mash!

Webcast: Informix Data - Ready, Set, Mash!


  • Date: Tuesday, October the 14th
  • Time: 1 hour -- 8 AM PST, 10 AM Central, 11 AM Eeastern, 4 PM London, 5 PM Paris, 5 PM Berlin
  • Title: Informix Data - Ready, Set, Mash!
  • Speaker: Chris Gruber, Product Manager, Infosphere Mashup Hub

You can register for the webcast here...

Using the IBM Mashup Center, you can easily deliver web 2.0 solutions using your 

MySQL - All that glitters is not gold

MySQL - All that glitters is not gold

You might have already seen the new blog from Rajesh Nair. Rajesh is the IBM technical product manager for IDS and is especially focused on MMOG's (Massively multiplayer online games) as well as Virtual Worlds.

Rajesh posted an interesting new article to his blog which covers the myth around SUN's MySQL database:

Newsletter September 2008

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Neue Ausgabe des IBM/Informix Newsletters

Im Newsletter-Archiv befindet sich die neueste Ausgabe (09/2008) des INFORMIX-Newsletters.

Inhaltsverzeichnis der Ausgabe September 2008:

  • Aktuelles
  • TechTipp: OpenOffice Anbindung an INFORMIX IDS
  • TechTipp: IDS 11 - LIMITNUMSESSIONS
  • TechTipp: IDS 11 - REDIRECTED_WRITES - UPDATABLE_SECONDARY
  • TechTipp: Neues Format im BACKUP_FILTER
  • Hinweis: Ready for IBM INFORMIX Dynamic Server

Newsletter Sonderausgabe

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Newsletter Sonderausgabe

Im Newsletter-Archiv befindet sich eine Sonderausgabe des INFORMIX-Newsletters, die die ab 01.10.2008 geänderten Prozeduren im Bereich des IBM Informix Supports beschreibt. Bitte beachten Sie die wichtigen Änderungen.

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Webcast: IDS 11.5 Continuous Availability Feature (MACH 11)

Webcast: IDS 11.5 Continuous Availability Feature (MACH 11)


  • Date: Monday, September the 8th
  • Time: 1 hour -- 8 AM PST, 10 AM Central, 11 AM Eeastern, 4 PM London, 5 PM Paris, 5 PM Berlin
  • Title: IDS 11.5 Continuous Availability Feature (MACH 11)
  • Speaker: Madison Pruet, Senior Technical Staff Member and IDS Replication Architect

You can register for the webcast here...

IDS 11.50.xC2 - Minor Upgrade Problems

IDS 11.50.xC2 - Minor Upgrade Problems

I just upgraded my test IDS MACH cluster from IDS 11.50.FC1 to 11.50.FC2 and encountered two minor problems:

  1. The SDS server didn't come up after the upgrade. It stuck in fast recovery and the Primary Server was blocked in a checkpoint. I was able to shutdown the SDS server via 'onmode -ky' but needed to kill the Primary server. After starting the Primary Server again, I dropped the SDS server via 'onmode -d delete SDS ', re-added it thru 'onmode -d add SDS ' and re-started the SDS node. Same situation again, it stuck in 'fast recovery'. After another restart, I dropped the 'sysha' database, re-added my SDS node and everything runs fine know. However I didn't find anything in the IDS 11.50.xC2 Releasenotes that this needs to be done when upgrading from 11.50.xC1 to 11.50.xC2.

New Content arrived at the IDS Wiki

New Content arrived at the IDS Wiki

New content has arrived at the IDS Developer Edition Wiki:

If you are interested in contributing content to the Wiki, just drop me an email (eric@informix-zone.com) and I will create an account for you.

CDI - comp.databases.informix

CDI - comp.databases.informix

Many of us enjoy the interesting and controversial discussions at comp.databases.informix as well as the free of charge technical advice delivered there.

For your convenience The Informix Zone has included the newest themes from comp.databases.informix in a new block on the right side of The Informix Zone:

Extending the Open Admin Tool (OAT)

Extending the Open Admin Tool (OAT)

If you like programming in PHP, you might be interested in developing new functionality for the OAT (Open Admin Tool). A new Plug-In Manager makes it now easier to develop and integrate your own OAT PHP modules. An interesting article from Erika Von Bargen, which describes this new functionality, has been recently published on IBM developerWorks:

Newsletter August 2008

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Neue Ausgabe des IBM/Informix Newsletters

Im Newsletter-Archiv befindet sich die neueste Ausgabe (08/2008) des INFORMIX-Newsletters.

Inhaltsverzeichnis der Ausgabe August 2008:

  • Aktuelles
  • TechTipp: Datumsfunktionen
  • TechTipp: Rechnen mit DATE
  • TechTipp: IDS11 - MSG_DATE
  • TechTipp: Environments - GL_DATETIME
  • TechTipp: Open Admin Tool (OAT) 2.21
  • Hinweis: IBM DATABASE MAGAZINE
  • IDS Releases

IBM on Demand Webcasts

IBM on Demand Webcasts

New IBM on Demand Webcasts covering Informix Dynamic Server are available at the IBM website (registration required):

Webcast: What's New with the OAT (OpenAdmin Tool)

Webcast: What's New with the OAT (OpenAdmin Tool)


  • Date: Wednesday, August the 20th
  • Time: 1 hour -- 8 AM PST, 10 AM Central, 11 AM Eeastern, 4 PM London, 5 PM Paris, 5 PM Berlin
  • Title: What's New with the OAT (OpenAdmin Tool)
  • Speaker: John Miller III, Senior Technical Staff Member

You can register for the webcast here...

Join one of our most popular speakers, John Miller, as he explores the capabilities 

<h1>IBM Database Magazine</h1>

IBM Database Magazine

Some interesting articles from the current issue of the IBM Database Magazine:

IIUG 2008 - Presentation Download

IIUG 2008 - Presentation Download

The Int. Informix User Group has provided all presentations from this years IIUG conference in their member area for download. Remember that membership in the IIUG is free ! If you aren't already a member - join the IIUG !

Here is a list of all the great presentations from the Informix Experts available for download at the IIUG website. Become a member and access the member area to download them (Note for existing members: You might need to update your profile in order to be allowed to download the presentations):

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