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01 Feb 13 - IBM Data Magazine - Are your database backups safe? Lester Knutsen (IBM Champion) writes about database back up safety using "archecker"... Read
14 Nov 12 - IBM - IBM's Big Data For Smart Grid Goes Live In Texas... Read
3 Oct 12 - The Financial - IBM and TransWorks Collaborate to Help Louisiana-Pacific Corporation Achieve Supply Chain Efficiency... Read
28 Aug 12 - techCLOUD9 - Splunk kicks up a SaaS Storm... Read
10 Aug 12 - businessCLOUD9 - Is this the other half of Cloud monitoring?... Read
3 Aug 12 - IBM data management - Supercharging the data warehouse while keeping costs down IBM Informix Warehouse Accelerator (IWA) delivers superior performance for in-memory analytics processing... Read
2 Aug 12 - channelbiz - Oninit Group launches Pay Per Pulse cloud-based service... Read
28 May 12 - Bloor - David Norfolk on the recent Informix benchmark "pretty impressive results"... Read
23 May 12 - DBTA - Informix Genero: A Way to Modernize Informix 4GL Applications... Read
9 Apr 12 - Mastering Data Management - Upping the Informix Ante: Advanced Data Tools... Read
22 Mar 12 - developerWorks - Optimizing Informix database access... Read
14 Mar 12 - BernieSpang.com - International Informix User Group set to meet in San Diego... Read
1 Mar 12 - IBM Data Management - IIUG Heads West for 2012 - Get ready for sun and sand in San Diego... Read
1 Mar 12 - IBM Data Management - Running Informix on Solid-State Drives.Speed Up Database Access... Read
26 Feb 12 - BernieSpan.com - Better results, lower cost for a broad set of new IBM clients and partners... Read
24 Feb 12 - developerWorks - Informix Warehouse Accelerator: Continuous Acceleration during Data Refresh... Read
6 Feb 12 - PRLOG - Informix port delivers unlimited database scalability for popular SaaS application ... Read
2 Feb 12 - developerWorks - Loading data with the IBM Informix TimeSeries Plug-in for Data Studio... Read
1 Feb 12 - developerWorks - 100 Tech Tips, #47: Log-in to Fix Central... Read
13 Jan 12 - MC Press online - Informix Dynamic Server Entices New Users with Free Production Edition ... Read
11 Jan 12 - Computerworld - Ecologic Analytics and Landis+Gyr -- Suitors Decide to Tie the Knot... Read
9 Jan 12 - planetIDS.com - DNS impact on Informix / Impacto do DNS no Informix... Read
8 Sep 11 - TMCnet.com - IBM Offers Database Solution to Enable Smart Meter Data Capture... Read
1 Aug 11 - IBM Data Management Magazine - IIUG user view: Happy 10th anniversary to IBM and Informix... Read
8 Jul 11 - Database Trends and Applications - Managing Time Series Data with Informix... Read
31 May 11 - Smart Grid - The meter data management pitfall utilities are overlooking... Read
27 May 11 - IBM Data Management Magazine - IIUG user view: Big data, big time ( Series data, warehouse acceleration, and 4GLs )... Read
16 May 11 - Business Wire - HiT Software Announces DBMoto for Enterprise Integration, Adds Informix. Log-based Change Data Capture... Read
21 Mar 11 - Yahoo! Finance - IBM and Cable&Wireless Worldwide Announce UK Smart Energy Cloud... Read
14 Mar 11 - MarketWatch - Fuzzy Logix and IBM Unveil In-Database Analytics for IBM Informix... Read
11 Mar 11 - InvestorPlace - It's Time to Give IBM Props: How many tech stocks are up 53% since the dot-com boom?... Read
9 Mar 11 - DBTA - Database Administration and the Goal of Diminishing Downtime... Read
2 Feb 11 - DBTAs - Informix 11.7 Flexible Grid Provides a Different Way of Looking at Database Servers... Read
27 Jan 11 - exactsolutions - Exact to Add Informix Support to Database Replay, SQL Monitoring Solutions... Read
25 Jan 11 - PR Newswire - Bank of China in the UK Works With IBM to Become a Smarter, Greener Bank... Read
12 Oct 10 - Database Trends and Applications - Informix 11.7: The Beginning of the Next Decade of IBM Informix... Read
20 Sep 10 - planetIDS.com - ITG analyst paper: Cost/Benefit case for IBM Informix as compared to Microsoft SQL Server... Read
20 Jul 10 - IBM Announcements - IBM Informix Choice Edition V11.50 helps deploy low-cost scalable and reliable solutions for Apple Macintosh and Microsoft Windows... Read
20 Jul 10 - IBM Announcements - Software withdrawal: Elite Support for Informix Ultimate-C Edition... Read
24 May 10 - eWeek Europe - IBM Supplies Database Tech For EU Smart Grid... Read
23 May 10 - SiliconIndia - IBM's smart metering system allows wise use of energy... Read
21 May 10 - CNET - IBM to help people monitor energy use... Read
20 May 10 - ebiz - IBM Teams With Hildebrand To Bring Smart Metering To Homes Across Britain... Read
19 May 10 - The New Blog Times - Misurare il consumo energetico: DEHEMS è pronto... Read
19 May 10 - ZDNet - IBM software in your home? Pact enables five-city smart meter pilot in Europe... Read
17 March 10 - ZDNet (blog) David Morgenstern - TCO: New research finds Macs in the enterprise easier, cheaper to manage than... Read
17 March 2010 - Virtualization Review - ...key components of Big Blue's platform to the commercial cloud such as its WebSphere suite of application ser vers and its DB2 and Informix databases... Read
10 February 2010 - The Wall Street Journal - International Business Machines is expanding an initiative to win over students and professors on its products. How do they lure the college crowd?... Read


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comp.databases.informix and informix-list@iiug.org FAQ

The comp.databases.informix news group is intended to be the primary news group for discussing how to use the IBM Informix database products. Jonathan Leffler maintains this list of frequently asked questions about comp.databases.informix (CDI) and informix-list@iiug.org.

Thanks to Mark Gassis for the U2 information, James Edmiston for the revised subscription information for the IIUG mailing list, and Jack Parker, Paul Mosser, Walt Hultgren, Andrej Falout, Christopher Coleman, Syed Kamal (for information about FourGen), Andrew Hamm, Stuart Litel and others for editorial corrections and additions.



What is the informix-list@iiug.org mailing list?

The informix-list@iiug.org mailing list is a bi-directional gateway to the comp.databases.informix (c.d.i) UseNet news group. Messages posted to the newsgroup are forwarded by mail to subscribers of the mailing list, responses sent to the informix-list@iiug.org email address are posted to comp.databases.informix, and the gateway manages to keep track of things so that postings do not repeat themselves.

The service is provided by the International Informix Users Group, IIUG, with the web site http://www.iiug.org. The IIUG web site also has a software repository with a lot of useful information in it -- check it out. The IIUG also provides a number of other mailing list services to IIUG members; details are available at the IIUG web site.

The Informix FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) is maintained by David Williams .

How can I subscribe to comp.databases.informix by email

In order to subscribe to the Informix List (informix-list@iiug.org), you must be a member of IIUG. Membership is free. Visit the IIUG web site, http://www.iiug.org, to join and subscribe.

If you are already a member of IIUG, you need your membership number, name and email address to log into the member area. Go to the web site and click on "Update Your Member Profile". If you don't know your membership number, there is a link on the login screen to have it emailed to you. Finally, if you can't obtain your member information, send an email to webmaster@iiug.org.

Once in the member area, click on the "Subscribe" button. There will be a lists of email discussion groups including informix-list. Also visit http://www.iiug.org/forums/ for more information.

You can no longer subscribe (or unsubscribe) by sending email to majordomo@iiug.org.

How can I unsubscribe from informix-list@iiug.org

Visit the IIUG web site once more, login to the the member area as above, and use the Subscribe button. This will show you the list of email discussion groups that are available, and you can unsubscribe yourself by removing the check-mark against the "informix-list" entry.

What else do I need to know about this?

When you subscribe to c.d.i, you should expect to receive 50-150 emails per day from the news group.

Currently, there is no digest service. A digest service would accumulate the messages over the course of a day (or part of a day) and then send out a single large email message to the digest subscribers.

What rules exist regarding format, content, flame wars, etc.

None; this is a news group! That is, there are no rules enforced by the software. There are periodically discussions on c.d.i about what should and should not be said. This is my FAQ, so it gets my spin on the rules that should be followed.

  • Format: HTML postings are strongly discouraged; so are MIME postings. Both cause problems with many frequently used news readers. That means that attachments aren't encouraged either. Also, sending the same information twice, once in HTML and once in plain text is downright wasteful.
  • Content: straight technical answers to questions don't need any special treatment. When the subject under discussion changes sufficiently that the subject is no longer accurate, it is courteous to change the subject. The standard, time-honoured NetNews technique is "New Subject (was: Old Subject)". There is a strong tendency for discussions in c.d.i to veer from the technical into jocular commentary, often about the participants. It is courteous to change the thread subject when you do this, and the standard method used in most news groups is to add 'OT' to indicate 'off-topic' content. Marking off-topic messages makes it easier for those who don't want to read the banter to avoid it. If you feel compelled to put technical content into a thread currently marked off-topic, remove the tag.
  • Quoting Posts: when you respond to a post, please trim as much of the quoted material as possible. However, do include enough of the question to ensure that your answer is comprehensible. Leave out the signature blocks (especially the obnoxiously irrelevant ones about how you should not abuse this message if it was sent to you in error) and any superfluous content. Be careful about misattributing information to the wrong poster.
  • OCR - original content ratio. Dr Pablo has taken to posting a summary once a month of who has posted what in the news group. One of the statistics is the OCR. Don't worry too much about the statistic, but in general, the higher the OCR of your postings, the better. An OCR of 100% probably means that you are either only asking questions (which is OK), or you are not quoting any of the question in your answer (which is not such a good idea unless your answers indicate clearly what the questions said). An OCR under about 10% means you should be trimming the original content a lot more than you are. Anywhere in the middle and you are unlikely show up in the statistics at the end of the month.
  • Versions: it is often helpful to include platform and version information for the software you are using. For example: Sun Solaris 7, IDS 9.30.UC1, CSDK 2.70.UC1. With Linux, both the version of the kernel and the version of the GLIBC library are relevant. It is often helpful to identify 64-bit hardware.
  • Flame Wars: Don't! For the most part, the c.d.i group manages to maintain a civilized discourse (even with the contributors who work for Oracle) and ad hominem flame wars are strongly discouraged.
  • Banter: largely covered under content. Banter cannot be prevented. Once you've been reading c.d.i for a week or two, it will be obvious that banter figures quite prominently in the content (and usually without any off-topic tag). Banter should be limited - more limited than it is (there speaks The Curmudgeon who is not entirely in tune with the regular posters of banter). Do it judiciously. If you do indulge, make sure you trim the quoted content of messages to the minimum and add the OT marker; someone passing two lines of jocular remarks on a posting of several hundred lines of quoted material is being discourteous to the other users of both c.d.i and the Internet in general.
  • Cross-posting: is not encouraged. Cross-posting outside the comp.databases news group hierarchy is very seldom acceptable.
  • Spam: don't do it. When spam postings arrive (they do), ignore them. There isn't anything else that is truly effective. Do not use the services or buy the products of companies that spam. From July 2002 onwards, there has been an outbreak of the Nigeria bank scam - lots of money for you if you allow them to use your bank account to transfer money through it. Do not give them your bank account information; you will (probably) lose lots of money.

Can I ask about Universe, Unidata, Cloudscape, Red Brick?

You are welcome to ask questions about Universe and Unidata databases, which are collectively known as U2, on the comp.databases.informix news group -- they are Informix databases. However, it is realistic to note that most people who read the news group are more familiar with the traditional Informix databases than with the multi-valued, Pick-based U2 systems. There are other places where you can also ask questions about these products:

You may also ask questions about Red Brick and Cloudscape, but again, most people who read the news group are more familiar with the traditional Informix databases.

Can I ask about Perl, DBI and DBD::Informix? Other products?

You may ask questions about Perl, DBI and DBD::Informix, but only if an IBM or Informix database is involved, somehow -- it is not a general forum for arbitrary questions about Perl. However, there are alternative forums that you should also use, described in the product. However, those locations have changed in the last year, so you should be aware of the official home, http://dbi.perl.org/, which contains pointers to how to subscribe to the dbi-users@perl.org mailing list.

Similar comments apply to other products which use Informix databases but are not supplied by IBM/Informix. For example, Informix Dynamic 4GL (also known as 4J's Universal Compiler, and its heirs and successors) can be discussed on an unmoderated but monitored mailing list run by 4J's; see http://www.4js.com/ for information on how to join the fourjs-users@4js.com mailing list. The Aubit4GL open source project has its own discussion mailing list, aubit4gl-discuss@lists.sourceforge.net; you can find out how to subscribe at http://aubit4gl.sourceforge.net.

Can I ask about DB2?

You may ask questions about DB2, but you may get a better informed response if you ask the question on the comp.databases.ibm-db2 news group. Also, check out the International DB2 Users Group (IDUG) web site at http://www.idug.org.

Can I make job postings, commercial announcements, etc?

This is a contentious subject, and there are about as many views as there are readers of the news group. In general, it is preferred that you do not post job offers or other commercial announcements to the c.d.i news group. However, if you occasionally post a job offer, or pointers to where Informix-related job offers can be found, this breach of protocol will usually be ignored. If you choose to post several such messages in a week, expect to be inundated with objections. A short message, once a month, not on the first of the month, would probably be OK. Please ensure that the posting can be identified as a job offer, perhaps using '[JOB]' at the start of the subject line. Also, remember this is an international news group; be specific about where the job is (for example, saying 'the Bay Area' is not precise enough; it might be Tampa, FL or San Francisco, CA or various locations outside the USA) and list any visa requirements for people outside your country who might wish to apply. Similar comments apply to commercial announcements, where the subject line should probably start '[ADV]'.

Which URLs should I know about?

IBM:

http://www.ibm.com/-IBM Home Page
http://www.ibm.com/informix-Short cut to...
http://www-3.ibm.com/software/data/informix-Informix Home Page at IBM
http://www.ibm.com/software/data/informix/pubs/library-Manuals
http://www-3.ibm.com/software/data/informix/evaluate.html-Downloadable software

As of 2003-03-01, the old Informix web site (http://www.informix.com) appears to be completely dead.

IIUG:

http://www.iiug.org/-International Informix Users Group
http://www.iiug.org/software-Software Archive

Other Informix-related sites:

http://www.4js.com/-BDL (Business Development Language, successor to Informix Dynamic 4GL aka 4J's Universal Compiler)
http://www.artinsoft.com/-Conversion of 4GL to Java
http://www.querix.co.uk/-Another alternative to I4GL (Open sourced in 2002-06)
http://aubit4gl.sourceforge.net/-OpenSource alternative to I4GL
http://www.gillani.com/-Owner of the FourGen trademark
http://www.fourgen.com/-Another way to Gillani's web site.
http://www.fourthgeneration.com/-One of several companies that bought some rights to Fourgen in 1997.

How do I notify Informix Technical Publications of errata?

In older manuals, the documented email address is doc@informix.com, and this still works (unlike almost every other Informix email address). However, in newer manuals, the email alias is docinf@us.ibm.com, and you should now use this to report problems instead.