IIUG Insider (Issue #155) – May 2013

Highlights: The IIUG board of Directors is meeting in Vancouver on June 7-9

Welcome to the International Informix Users Group (IIUG) Insider! Designed for IIUG members and Informix user group leaders, this publication contains timely and relevant information for the IBM Informix community.



Editorial Back to top

Editing the Insider is mainly searching for content. This month I was not successful.

You may think that a short Insider is less work. It is not. It just means that begging, nagging and searching the web did not get me much. We have a great product. There is fascinating stuff going on. But if no one writes about it nobody will know. So once more I’m asking you all send me content. It is not much work and it will benefit us all.

Gary Ben-Israel
IIUG Insider Editor

Highlights Back to top

The IIUG board of Directors is meeting in Vancouver on June 7-9

The 2013 conference is over and we are planning for 2014. We are also working on a new website and more cool stuff. We are hoping to do more and better. I will report to you in the June Insider.

Informix News Back to top


IBM Informix 12.1 Webcast Replay

Were you unable to participate in the IBM Informix 12.1 webcast held in March? Good news: The New IBM Informix 12.1 webcast is now available On Demand! Register now to view the replay. Find out more about how the newest release of Informix offers clients and partners, the ability to take their business into the future.

Using IBM’s Deep Embed Strategy to Increase Your Profits
This web cast is for every IBM Business Partner with a solution that would benefit from Information Management software integrated into their solution. Learn how to increase profits when IBM Information Management software is shipped with your solution every time.

Watch the recording.

IBM Data Magazine

Read this article by Stuart Litel (IIUG President) to find out more about what made this year’s IIUG conference successful and also get a sneak peak at what is being planned for the IIUG Conference in 2014.


Ardenta Launches the UK’s only Informix Private Cloud Solution

New Private Cloud leads the market in offering IT and Informix capabilities on demand, giving organizations infrastructure, expertise, licensing, maintenance, service and support at the “flick of a switch”. Read the complete press release.

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Informix SPL supports the CASE statement

The CASE statement within SPL is a long overdue request for many Informix users. Finally this wish fulfilled in Informix release 12.10. Now you can use the CASE statement within SPL routines as a faster alternative to IF…ELSE…END IF statements to define a set of conditional logical branches. The syntax for the CASE statement is:

CASE [ expression ]

   WHEN condition_1 THEN result_1
   WHEN condition_2 THEN result_2
   WHEN condition_n THEN result_n

   ELSE result


You can use the CASE statement to create a set of conditional branches. The WHEN and the ELSE clauses are optional, but you must include at least one of them.

Here is an example that demonstrates how to use the case statement within SPL. In this example, the CASE statement validates a variable named .user’ and reassign the value of same variable. It also includes a test for NULL value.

CREATE PROCEDURE case_user_proc( )
DEFINE user CHAR(10);
LET user = 'EndUser';
CASE user
   WHEN 'root' THEN LET user = 'SuperUser';
   WHEN 'informix' THEN LET user = 'DBA';
   WHEN NULL THEN LET user = 'Unknown';
   ELSE LET user = 'EndUser';
RETURN user;

This enhancement in the SPL code really is helpful for migrate databases from Informix XPS and other database servers to Informix server. For more information please check the Informix Information Center.

– Sanjit Chakraborty

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Informix 12.1 Roadshows

Make sure to register for one of the no-charge technical events designed to give you insight into IBM Informix 12.1 technology that solves some of the toughest business problems in the world today. Register today!

Calendar of events Back to top

June – 2013
Date Event Location Contact
17-18 2013 Informix Technical Roadshow Madrid, Spain Scott Pickett
20-21 2013 Informix Technical Roadshow Krakow, Poland Scott Pickett
September – 2013
Date Event Location Contact
12-13 2013 Informix Technical Roadshow London, England Scott Pickett
17-18 2013 Informix Technical Roadshow Paris, France Scott Pickett


Informix resources Back to top

IBM Informix home page

http://www.informix.com or directly at: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/data/informix/

Informix blogs and wikis

I am trying something new on this section. I will first mention the blogs and wikis that have been updated during the last month. Blogs and wikis that have not been updated for over 6 months will be removed.

Blogs and Wikis that have been updated during the last month

More Blogs and Wikis

Forums, groups, videos, and magazines

  • The IIUG forums
  • Informix Marketing channel on YouTube
  • The Informix Zone
  • There is now an Informix group on LinkedIn. The group is called “Informix Supporter”, so anyone loving Informix can join, from current IBM employees, former Informix employees, to users. It will also be a good occasion to get in touch with others or long-time-no-seen friends. If you fancy showing the Informix logo on your profile, join. Join here.


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Closing and credits Back to top

The International Informix Users Group (IIUG) is an organization designed to enhance communications between its worldwide user community and IBM. The IIUG’s membership database now exceeds 25,000 entries and enjoys the support and commitment of IBM’s Data Management division. Key programs include local user groups and special interest groups, which we promote and assist from launch through growth.

Sources: IIUG Board of Directors
IBM Corp.
Editors: Gary Ben-Israel
Rhonda Hackenburg

For comments, please send an email to gary@iiug.org.