IIUG Alert (Issue #8)
Oct 5, 2001
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- IBM Informix Conference Still a Go - Register Now!
- IUGGY Award Nominations
- IIC: Submit ATE & IRM questions via http://www.iiug.org
- Server Studio JE v2.30 - Generally Available
- IDS v9.3 Release
- New Look for http://www.IIUG.org
- Upcoming Local Informix User Group Meetings
- Useful Links
IBM Informix Conference Still a Go - Register Now!
2001 IBM Informix Conference
October 21-25, 2001
Many corporate events throughout the world have been canceled or
postponed following the terrible events of September 11th. The IBM
Informix Conference quite naturally came under scrutiny as well -
should IBM continue with the conference during this sad time and with
the knowledge that some who were planning to attend cannot travel now?
Or should it hold the event so as to deliver important information to
those who have registered and are planning to make it?
Your IIUG representatives sat down with IBM management to discuss this
decision, and a difficult decision it was. But we finally determined
to go on with plans for the IIC, and we hope you'll support that
decision and plan to attend if possible.
For those who can make it, you can still register by October 5th to
take advantage of the special International Informix Users Group
The 2001 IBM Informix Conference is packed with the information you
want and need as a user of Informix branded products.
Join us as the Informix product family takes the Next Step in our
progression and take advantage of the following opportunities:
- Hear first-hand from Janet Perna, General Manager of IBM Data Management Solutions
- Meet the Executives: Participate in a panel discussion with the executives behind IBM Data Management Solutions and the Informix product family
- On-Site Professional Certification Preparation and Testing (Informix Certified Professional Program)
- Speak with the developers of the IBM Informix branded products at the Meet the Developers Reception
- Attend Interactive Product Roadmap sessions for IDS, Red Brick, XPS, and more!
IUGGY Award Nominations
As mentioned in our last IIUG Alert, the IIUG Board has created the
IUGGY, an award that recognizes individuals who have long contributed,
beyond the call of duty, to the success of the Informix user
community. Three such individuals will be presented with IUGGYs at
the upcoming IIUG Annual General Meeting, to take place during the
2001 IBM Informix Conference (IIC), Oct. 21-25, 2001.
The following people are among the first IUGGY nominees, and we'd like
to thank all of them for their tireless contributions.
- Carlton Doe: Co-founder and former president of IIUG and Informix
author extraordinaire, Carlton is now with IBM Data Management.
- Walt Hultgren: Co-founder and former president of IIUG, Walt is
currently the key overseer of the IIUG Software Repository.
- Art Kagel: Art is one of the most constant contributors to CDI, all
on his own time and over nights and weekends.
- Lester Knutsen: Lester co-founded both the IIUG and the Washington,
D.C. Users Group. The latter is arguably the largest and most
successful local Informix users group in the world.
- Jonathan Leffler: Jonathan is a multifaceted expert in many
Informix products and a consistent and reliable technical adviser to
the IIUG and the Informix community at large, via CDI.
- Jack Parker: A technically distinguished member of the Informix
community, Jack is also a tireless contributor on CDI.
- Mark Scranton: Mark is a principal technical trainer and consultant
for Informix. Mark has presented many tutorials and track sessions
at the annual Informix conferences.
- Christine Shannon: During her tenure at Informix Software,
Christine worked tirelessly, opening doors for IIUG and obtaining
support for local user groups worldwide.
If you have anecdotes that depict how vital these heroes of the
Informix community have been to us, please send them to me
(FredH@IIUG.org) prior to Oct. 10th.
IIC: Submit ATE & IRM questions via www.iiug.org
The upcoming IIC will include Ask the Expert (ATE) sessions to answer
questions about current products and features, and Interactive Roadmap
(IRM) sessions to discuss future product releases and enhancements. If
you'd like to submit questions in advance to one or both of these
sessions, please click on Submit Your Questions and enter your questions.
To ease our task of routing the questions to the appropriate forum please type ATE or IRM at the
beginning of each question.
Server Studio JE v2.30 - Generally Available
Server Studio Java Edition, by AGS, is an enterprise-level, Integrated
Development and Management Environment (IDME), tools deployment
platform. Server Studio is a foundation for the integration of
database development and operational, diagnostic, and recovery
administration activities into a single, seamless application that
works across the entire family of IBM Informix database servers.
Featuring an intuitive, easy-to-use, graphical user interface, Server
Studio sets a new standard for productivity in development, debugging,
analysis, optimization, deployment, and administration of database
For more information and for a downloadable PDF of the 2.30 Tech Brief visit www-4.ibm.com/software/data/informix/tools/serverstudio/.
IDS v9.3 Release
IBM has long said that it is committed to supporting Informix
customers and business partners into the future by maintaining and
supporting Informix products. The company has demonstrated that
commitment with its release of the latest version of Informix
Dynamic Server (IDS).
New features of IDS 9.3 include advanced spatial analysis capabilities,
bundled tools for increased ease of use, and enhanced enterprise
replication. With these new features, IDS customers can increase
database efficiency and reduce administration costs.
For more information concerning the release of IDS version 9.20 visit
New Look for www.IIUG.org
The new IIUG.org web site was officially launched on October 1.
Representing the most recent of many upgrades to the IIUG server, the
new site not only sports a new look but also represents a much needed
reorganization of the huge volume of valuable data accumulated over
the years. Features of the new site include:
- Three Layouts From Which to Choose
IIUG members work in all corners of the globe and work with every
possible combination of browser, monitor, and operating system.
Accordingly, the new IIUG site provides three alternative viewing
- Version 1 - Version 1 is the default format and offers two ways to
navigate - a drop-down menu bar written in cross-browser Dynamic HTML
(DHTML), and a side menu of simple links with mouseovers. The
drop-down menu works with Windows machines running either Netscape 4
and 5 or Internet Explorer 4 and 5, and provides a complete view of
the entire web site structure.
For browsers which do not support DHTML, the menu bar will display
top-level menu links only. The side menu provides one-click
navigation to various menu items.
- Version 2 - Version 2, a wide-format layout, is the same as Version 1,
but without the side menu. The entire width of the screen displays
content. Because there is no side menu, Version 2 requires a DHTML
in good old reliable standard HTML. It is ideal for low-resolution
monitors, laptops, and Macintosh computers.
All versions were created to display well on 800x600 pixel screens.
All versions display the same content - none has more information than
the others do. Users can loop through the different versions by
clicking on the "Version+" graphic at the top of the screen, then
bookmark the one they prefer. Or, if cookies are enabled on the
browser, the site will remember the last version selected and present
it when the user returns to the site.
- Better and Faster Maintenance
The new IIUG.org web site is built for ease of maintenance as well.
All HTML files are pure content, sandwiched between calls to a header
script and a footer script. A single text file contains the entire
menu structure so all three versions can be updated with a change to
this one file. This will help us keep the site clean and up to date.
We welcome your comments, ideas and bug reports on the new site.
Address your email to email@example.com.
Upcoming Local Informix User Group Meetings
||San Francisco Bay Area
Menlo Park, California
Contact: Fred Hubbard - FredH@IIUG.org
||Arizona Informix Users Group|
Contact: Paul Mosser - Paul@IIUG.org
||Tampa Bay Informix Users Group
Contact: Jim Lowry - LowryJim@Hotmail.com
||St. Louis Area Informix Users Group
St. Louis, Missouri
Contact: Jerry Hamilton - HamiltoJ@Fleishman.com
Closing and Credits
The International Informix Users Group (IIUG) is an international
Organization designed to enhance communications between Informix and its
worldwide user community. The IIUG now has over 13,000 members and
enjoys major support from IBM Data Management division. We also help local
user groups get started and promoted.
Sources: IIUG Board of Directors
Editor: Rob Vorbroker and Martha Schraer, IIUG Board of
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