IBM Informix Developer's Handbook

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IBM Redbooks, Jan 17, 2011 - Computers - 510 pages
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IBM® Informix® is a low-administration, easy-to-use, and embeddable database that is ideal for application development. It supports a wide range of development platforms, such as JavaTM, .NET, PHP, and web services, enabling developers to build database applications in the language of their choice. Informix is designed to handle RDBMS data and XML without modification and can be extended easily to handle new data sets.

This IBM Redbooks® publication provides fundamentals of Informix application development. It covers the Informix Client installation and configuration for application development environments. It discusses the skills and techniques for building Informix applications with Java, ESQL/C, OLE DB, .NET, PHP, Ruby on Rails, DataBlade®, and Hibernate.

The book uses code examples to demonstrate how to develop an Informix application with various drivers, APIs, and interfaces. It also provides application development troubleshooting and considerations for performance.

This book is intended for developers who use IBM Informix for application development. Although some of the topics that we discuss are highly technical, the information in the book might also be helpful for managers or database administrators who are looking to better understand their Informix development environment.


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Wow. When it comes to trans-coding or mapping data-types from an archaic Government state-ran Informix case management system over to something relative (less than 15 years old) like SQL/MySQL or even a flat-file csv, this book sure does the trick!
When you have the time, pour yourself a glass of merlot, and lose yourself in such quandaries I ponder myself; such as, what is the difference between an IBM informix "numeric" data-type versus a SQL integer data-type. hahaha, a tale as old as time! Or if you're a nerd like me, role yourself a Zocchihedron just for giggles, and enjoy!
But in all seriousness; this did, quite effectively, help me discern, and map out a data schema from an old IBM informix CMS, over to a brand new SQL 2012 environment.
Oh Yeah, sucka!

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