May 26, 2009

Teradata Developer Exchange (DevX) begins to emerge

Every vendor needs developer-facing web resources, and Teradata turns out to have been working on a new umbrella site for its.  It’s called Teradata Developer Exchange — DevX for short.  Teradata DevX seems to be in a low-volume beta now, with a press release/bigger roll-out coming next week or so.  Major elements are about what one would expect:

If you’re a Teradata user, you absolutely should check out Teradata DevX.  If you just research Teradata — my situation :) — there are some aspects that might be of interest anyway.  In particular, I found Teradata’s downloads instructive, most particularly those in the area of extensibility.  Mainly, these are UDFs (User-Defined Functions), in areas such as:

Also of potential interest is a custom-portlet framework for Teradata’s management tool Viewpoint.  A straightforward use would be to plunk some Viewpoint data into a more general system management dashboard.  A yet cooler use — and I couldn’t get a clear sense of whether anybody’s ever done this yet — would be to offer end users some insight as to how long their queries are apt to run.

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2 Responses to “Teradata Developer Exchange (DevX) begins to emerge”

  1. Neil O'Toole on May 27th, 2009 6:00 pm

    Thanks for the positive feedback on the site. It’s still in beta (hopefully not for as long as google apps usually are!), and we’ll continue to roll out feature over the coming weeks and months, including forums. Stay tuned.

    - Neil, Teradata Developer Exchange webmaestro

  2. Gary Ryback on June 10th, 2009 2:10 pm

    Regarding the comment about providing end users more insight, the “Self Service” aspect is a primary theme of Teradata Viewpoint. The Self Service portlets allow users to monitor their own queries across multiple Teradata systems, including the SQL and Explain plans as the query is processed. Within the Explain, it will show estimated times for completions and fill in actual times as steps complete. Other Self Service offerings include “Canary Response Times” to provide predictability for planned query runs, “System Health” to provide system status at summary and detailed threshold levels, and “SQL ScratchPad” to submit and maintain history of adhoc queries from Viewpoint … and this is just the start to what we have planned!

    Gary, Teradata Viewpoint Product Manager

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