IDS 11.7 Upgrade

A long-time client from about 10 years ago called and had me assist in the upgrade from IDS 10 to IDS 11.7. Went without a hitch! Very excited to start implementing some of the new features – storage provisioning, AUS, new admin tasks, and trusted context. Will be applying these features very soon at another client hopefully as well. #informix

Odd hiring requirements for Informix gigs

The job market is so odd right now … “Informix DBA” – required skills include developing applications for mainframe/MVS skills, 4GL application development, installation of operating systems, and much more. I’ve noticed more and more that there are A LOT of job openings – full-time or contract – that ask for a DBA for database X, but include a boatload of other, very specialized skills as well. I guess this is why these gigs stay open for so ┬álong?

Odd hiring requirements for Informix gigs

The job market is so odd right now … “Informix DBA” – required skills include developing applications for mainframe/MVS skills, 4GL application development, installation of operating systems, and much more. I’ve noticed more and more that there are A LOT of job openings – full-time or contract – that ask for a DBA for database X, but include a boatload of other, very specialized skills as well. I guess this is why these gigs stay open for so ┬álong?

XPS in IDS

For years I practically begged to get some of the crucial XPS features ported to IDS. It did start at 11.5 I believe, including light scans on tables with varchars, and a great one – the ploader, and more. Finally at a client where I get to play with the ploader – you’ll know it as using external tables with a simple SQL-based interface. Gonna have a blast automating around it with some useful scripts.

Online 5 to Informix 11.5 … “big jump grandpa!”

Having a blast bringing a small group of Online 5 users all the way up to Informix 11.5. Spent the week teaching my version of the IDS Sys Admin and DBA combo class. What an odd environment though – once the engine is setup, it won’t be changed most likely for years due to compliance w/ the FDA. One student said “we won’t upgrade until Informix 17 – since we only upgrade every 6 major releases!” It really has been different from a teaching point-of-view – the normal “and if you see [this], make sure you change ….” and then I’m reminded that changes won’t happen most likely. The engines are rather small, so it could be fine. But again – what a blast to teach again! Awesome.