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11.70.xC3 is available / 11.70.xC3 está disponível

This article is written in English and Portuguese
Este artigo está escrito em Inglês e Português

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My articles backlog keeps increasing, but there are things I can’t miss. One of them is the availability of another fixpack of Informix.
The latest one is 11.70.xC3. I spot it on FixCentral a couple of days ago and PDF documentation is already available. InfoCenter is also updated.

As usual there are big news and smaller ones. It really depends on your needs and cares. The follwoing is a straight copy/paste from its release notes:

  • Administration
    • Automatic read-ahead operations
    • Configuring the server response to low memory
    • Reserving memory for critical activities
    • Connection Manager enhancements
    • Enhancements to the OpenAdmin Tool
  • Embeddability
    • Managing message logs in embedded and enterprise environments
  • Developing
    • Built-in SQL compatibility functions for string manipulation and trigonometric support
  • High availability clusters and Enterprise Replication
    • Automatically connecting to a grid
    • Code set conversion for Enterprise Replication
    • Enhancements to the Informix Replication plug-in for OAT
  • Security
    • Non-root installations support shared-memory and stream-pipe connections
    • Retaining numbers for audit log files
    • Restrict operating system properties for mapped users
  • Time Series data
    • Simplified handling of time series data
    • Informix TimeSeries plug-in for OAT

A few remarks:

The possibility of configuring read ahead automatically is great. Let’s be honest: How many of us ever really mastered the traditional configuration? Personally I can tell you that a few years ago I tried it in a very controlled environment and I gave up. I could not spot any difference in my tests and over the years I’ve seen contradictory statements on how it should be setup. So it’s a great pleasure to see it can be automatic now.

Server response in a low memory situation is also a great new feature. In cases where I have more than one instance on the same server I insist on setting up SHMTOTAL so that I can isolate any issue caused by excessive memory consumption. This prevents the situation from affecting other instances.
But even so it was usual to see undesirable behaviors on the instance consuming too much memory. And this is easy to understand, because to fix something (rollback, monitor etc.) you still need memory. If you’ve run out of it, your ability to solve it is constrained.
What IBM did now is give you the ability to reserve some memory, to deal with lack of memory. Seems pretty obvious right? But IBM did more. When you hit the pre…

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North American Informix 11.7 Roadshow Schedule

Happy to see IBM scheduled 4 Informix Roadshows in my part of the world, especially the one for Austin, TX which will be walking distance from my house.

I’ve never been able to attend a Roadshow because it wasn’t feasible for me to travel to San Jose or NYC but I’ve already reserved my spot for July 12 and 13. I hope to see some new faces and get a chance to talk about the greatness of this product with people getting to know Informix for the first time.

I hope there is one in your area that you can attend!

Montreal, Quebec, Ca…
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Merry Christmas

Déjeuner en famille ce midi, réveillon lundi soir avec ma belle famille, cette année Noël a lieu à Lyon et rien qu’à Lyon et comme je serai pas mal sur le pont, c’est avec un peu d’avance que je vous souhaite de belles fêtes. J’espère que vous garderez de la place pour le dessert (les […]

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New French Blog / Novo blog em Francês

This article is written in English and Portuguese
Este artigo está escrito em Inglês e Português

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It’s a great pleasure to present you another Informix blog. This one is written in French. The author is Eric Vercelletto, which was a colleague at Informix Portugal. Eric has a long history with Informix. We was working at Informix France and decided to join Informix Portugal mainly to participate in a big and complex project several years ago (before I joined Informix). After that we met and worked together on another customer. At the time I was working mainly with tools and he managed all the engine side stuff. When he decided to embrace other challenges outside Informix, I assumed his position at that customer. It was a big challenge for me (I had relatively low experience with the engine) and Eric was a great h…

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Back to the Future

Jamie Jessett a réalisé ce documentaire « Back to the Future » en l’honneur de la photographe Irina Werning et de ses séries dont nous avions pu parler sur Fubiz. Diffusé sur Channel 4, ce documentaire montre la conception et la prise de contact avec les personnes désirant renouer avec leurs clichés d’enfance.

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