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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.
Now. Turn the page... hit the 'pg dn' key... click down the page... whatever nods your noggin but read this issue of the IIUG Insider and then write me a note (firstname.lastname@example.org). Do it NOW. :) :) :)
Earlier this month I had the pleasure to spend a day and dinner with a bunch of wild Informix Aussies. Not everyone's cup of tea I know, but it someone had... But I digress. The event was the Aussie IDUG conference in which they included a day long Informix stream. The day was great. The key note, for the Informix folk, was Scott Pickett who did a great job taking us through new IDS functionality. I swear that the boy stays home at nights and invents TLA's, just for the fun of it. Anyway, the point is, that though the Informix crowd was small, it was extremely partisan and a great lot of fun. By criekie... What else do you expect from a bunch Informix dudes? Anyway... well done Aussies. It was great to see the enthusiasm.
Of course more of the talk these days is focused on the IIUG Informix conference in Kansas. This will be a great conference for three reasons. The first is that it is focused on learning. You are going to learn heaps, from the best "experts" in the business. The second is that, if you come, you will meet some of the biggest and best Informix bigots in the business. Right from Ambuj Goyal (rumored to be in attendance!!) and Arvind Krishna (who will definitely be in attendance as he is doing a keynote) and Jerry Keesee (he is local, he has no choice to attend) to me. :) And finally, bang for buck, this conference can not be beat. No matter if you live in India, or Malaysia or China or Brazil or Mexico or Turkey or the Congo... you need to get to this conference.
But enough of the conference blah. If you are not going yet, your boss must have rocks in her head.
Remember Trev? One eyed, skinny dude with a fat head. An Informix fanatic who can't sing. Well I ran into him just last week. He still can'' sing. But he is keen to hear some real war stories about Informix that I can publish. So... . If you have a good story to tell then send it to me (or Trev) or trap me at the conference and tell me. There is a pile of great things happening in the world of Informix and I really want to tell them. Send me an email email@example.com.
Well. I hope to see some of you at the conference.
In my travels over the last few years, I have often been asked two questions:
Well to settle these two questions, the IIUG Conference will be offering two tutorials that are FREE to all attendees to the IIUG Conference on Sunday at the Marriott.
The first tutorial is by AGS Ltd, the makers of Server Studio (http://www.serverstudio.com) which is about the best (and only full-featured) way to graphically administer an IDS database. It works with all currently supported IBM Informix versions. For more information on the tutorial visit http://iiug.org/conf/2008/iiug/tutorial_ags.php.
The second tutorial is by Four Js Software. Their software lets you easliy migrate any Informix 4GL application to work in a graphical environment of windows and/or the web to run under most any browser. The conversion process is so simple even I can do it. It is still the same 4GL-based code, but now running graphical. It even includes a graphical development environment (IDE) and can incorporate web services if you wish. For more information on the tutorial visit http://iiug.org/conf/2008/iiug/tutorial_4js.php.
Both these tutorials as I said are FREE and will be hands-on and highly technical and not marketing sessions. They also include continental breakfast and lunch. For more information on these tutorial and all the tutorials, visit http://iiug.org/conf/2008/iiug/tutorials.php.
The conference should be a sell-out event, so don't miss it. Once we hit a certain registration count, we must shut down registration due to fire code limits and we are getting close, so don't miss this exciting opportunity to learn from the best and meet fellow Informix developers and DBA's from around the world and I promise there will be a few exciting announcements from IBM.
David: Is Trev coming to the Conference?
Announcing the 2008 IIUG Board of Directors
First of all, to you who took the time to vote for the 2008 IIUG Board of Directors... . Thank you.
The IIUG Board of Directors for 2008 are:
Congratulations gals and guys. You have a really important role to fulfill on this watch. :)
The new Board will take up its duties from the close of the IIUG Informix Conference on the 1st of May 2008.The Best Informix Feast of the Year in Kansas City
If you've been following the Insider over the last few months, you know we've been planning quite a technical program for the IIUG Informix Conference 2008, which will be held April 27-30 in Overland Park, a suburb of Kansas City. Kansas City is home to what is arguably some of the best BBQ around, so this year's locale has got me thinking, "FOOD!"
Any good epicurean event starts with appetizers. Our menu will include several excellent selections that will be dished up in half-day portions as Educational Seminars on Sunday.
Monday and Tuesday mornings, the executive chefs from IBM will be serving up platters of savory tidbits and sweet surprises sure to whet your appetite. Wednesday will start with some newsworthy morsels at the IIUG Annual General Meeting.
For the main course Monday through Wednesday, you'll choose from a chuck wagon load of lip-smackin', rib-stickin' Informix sessions, cooked up for you by celebrity technical chefs the likes of Jonathan Leffler, John Miller, and Madison Pruet. You'll get a chance to nosh on the creative offerings from many other talented gourmets within the Informix community too. You've undoubtedly heard the expression "too many cooks spoil the broth." Not to worry. The quality of these chefs guarantees a 5-star experience.
Of course no culinary event is complete without dessert. The icing on this conference cake will be the opportunity to network every day. You'll get to meet new people, catch up with those you've not seen for a while, and exchange technical tips.
After all this great grub, you'll definitely want to take time for a workout. That's where the certification testing comes in. Take the challenge. Exercise your mind. It'll be good for you, and it's FREE.
In addition to all that brain food, you're going to need some food you can sink your teeth into. The Marriott banquet chefs will start you off each morning with a deluxe continental breakfast buffet. Lunch for tutorial attendees will be deli-style, and for the remainder of the conference will be hot buffets. There will be plenty of veggie offerings, and no box lunches!
Finally there will be time for some R&R, complete with — you guessed it — food. Come enjoy the spread of finger-lickin' good appetizers at Sunday's Welcome Reception. Plan to grab some hearty fare at Monday night's cookout with the backyard BBQ'ing crowd from the Lenexa Labs, sponsored by IBM Optim (formerly Princeton Softech). Then be sure to catch the special off-site event sponsored by Kazer Technologies on Tuesday. Our very own food and beverage director, Stuart, promises that each evening there will be stacks of food and loads of fun.
Don't miss out on the best Informix feast of the year. Get yourself registered right now at http://www.iiug.org/conf. This promises to be an all-around great event, sure to please the Informix foodie in all of us.
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The next Arizona Informix User Group meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 9. Lunch will be provided by IBM so please RSVP to Neil Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can get an accurate count for lunch. We are pleased to have Jacques Roy as our guest speaker for this meeting.
Data Studio is an exciting new GUI tool for administration and development. If your developers have ever complained about having to use dbaccess, then bring them to this meeting to see Data Studio!
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