Wednesday, November 27



Another interesting datapoint: Informix (now owned by IBM) has announced support for MongoDB data structures and API access.

In fact, the new version allows you to access BSON (MongoDB format) data from SQL, and access SQL tables transparently using the MongoDB API.

It has the same limitations as TokuMX (no full-text or geospatial indexes on BSON data, even though Informix itself supports full-text and geospatial indexes), but it does support indexing on arrays and nested fields.

I don't know if I'll ever use it, but it's great to have another option if you're deploying applications on MongoDB.

Edit: And DB2 as well.  Very interesting.  Wonder what the pricing is for a low-end DB2 deployment these days.

Edit: Well, DB2 Express-C is free.  It used to be limited to 4GB of memory, though that's not a major issue since the operating system can still use free memory to cache the filesystem.  That's been increased to 16GB.  Still only supports two cores, but two 3.5GHz Ivy Bridge or Haswell cores can get a lot of work done.  It supports databases up to 15TB, which is pretty big by standards.  (And not small by the standards of my day job, either, for a single instance.  We have 1.5PB of data, but that's spread across many servers.)

DB2 Express is $2210 per server per year, and supports 8 cores and 64GB of memory per instance.  The previous version was limited to 8GB, so that's a huge increase.  Again, 15TB per database, but I don't see that as a problem; managing a 15TB production database is going to cost you a lot more than $2210 a year.

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Microsoft rolled out IE-11 for Win7-64 yesterday, and it slightly breaks some things. Control-V doesn't paste into the post/comment composition window any more, although right-click-"paste" works.

That's what I've noticed so far but I imagine there are other things, too.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Thursday, November 28 2013 07:53 AM (+rSRq)


Link insertion doesn't work any more. (In adding a post, I was able to use the "HTML" box to add an a-href.)

A lot of popup boxes don't go away when regular buttons are pressed; you have to hit the red X in the upper right corner.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Thursday, November 28 2013 10:51 AM (+rSRq)


Control-I begins italics but doesn't end them. Hitting the "I" button does work to end them.

Control-B and Control-U work correctly both for open and for close.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Thursday, November 28 2013 10:55 AM (+rSRq)

4 I have a new version of the editor widget; I'll install that and IE11 today and try it out.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, November 28 2013 12:50 PM (PiXy!)

5 In the mean time I found a work-around.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Thursday, November 28 2013 05:01 PM (+rSRq)

6 Glad to hear that; the latest version of the editor has the same problems in IE11.
I have another editor, but I won't be able to get to that until the weekend, because it requires changes to Minx.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, November 28 2013 09:58 PM (PiXy!)

7 I think I know what's going on.  There are two versions of the editor, one for IE and one for everything else.  It looks like IE11 supports standards to the extent that it's now incompatible with the non-standard earlier versions.

I'll see if I can tweak the browser detection code to switch IE11 to use the "everything else" version of the code.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, November 29 2013 12:09 AM (PiXy!)

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