About this book


This book describes new features in Sybase® IQ 15.0.


This book is for users of previous versions of Sybase IQ who want to find out what is new and different in this release of the software.

Related Sybase IQ documents

The Sybase IQ 15.x documentation set includes:

Other sources of information

Use the Sybase Getting Started CD, the SyBooks CD, and the Sybase Product Manuals Web site to learn more about your product:

Sybase certifications on the Web

Technical documentation at the Sybase Web site is updated frequently.

StepsFinding the latest information on product certifications

  1. Point your Web browser to Technical Documents.

  2. Either select the product family and product under Search by Base Product; or select the platform and product under Search by Platform.

  3. Select Search to display the availability and certification report for the selection.

StepsFinding the latest information on component certifications

  1. Point your Web browser to Availability and Certification Reports.

  2. Either select the product family and product under Search by Product; or select the platform and product under Search by Platform.

  3. Select Search to display the availability and certification report for the selection.

StepsCreating a personalized view of the Sybase Web site (including support pages)

Set up a MySybase profile. MySybase is a free service that allows you to create a personalized view of Sybase Web pages.

  1. Point your Web browser to Technical Documents.

  2. Click MySybase and create a MySybase profile.

Sybase EBFs and software maintenance

StepsFinding the latest information on EBFs and software maintenance

  1. Point your Web browser to the Sybase Support Page.

  2. Select EBFs/Maintenance. If prompted, enter your MySybase user name and password.

  3. Select a product.

  4. Specify a time frame and click Go. A list of EBF/Maintenance releases is displayed.

    Padlock icons indicate that you do not have download authorization for certain EBF/Maintenance releases because you are not registered as a Technical Support Contact. If you have not registered, but have valid information provided by your Sybase representative or through your support contract, click Edit Roles to add the “Technical Support Contact” role to your MySybase profile.

  5. Click the Info icon to display the EBF/Maintenance report, or click the product description to download the software.

Syntax conventions

This documentation uses the following syntax conventions in syntax descriptions:

Typographic conventions

Table 1 lists the typographic conventions used in this documentation.

Table 1: Typographic conventions




SQL and program code is displayed in a mono-spaced (fixed-width) font.

User entry

Text entered by the user is shown in bold serif type.


Emphasized words are shown in italic.

file names

File names are shown in italic.

database objects

Names of database objects, such as tables and procedures, are shown in bold, san-serif type in print, and in italic online.

The demo database

Sybase IQ includes scripts to create a demo database (iqdemo.db). Many of the queries and code samples in this document use the demo database as a data source.

The demo database contains internal information about a small company (employees, departments, and financial data), as well as product (products), and sales information (sales orders, customers, and contacts).

See the Sybase IQ installation guide for your platform or talk to your system administrator for more information about the demo database.

Accessibility features

This document is available in an HTML version that is specialized for accessibility. You can navigate the HTML with an adaptive technology such as a screen reader, or view it with a screen enlarger.

Sybase IQ 15.0 and the HTML documentation have been tested for compliance with U.S. government Section 508 Accessibility requirements. Documents that comply with Section 508 generally also meet non-U.S. accessibility guidelines, such as the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) guidelines for Web sites.

The online help for the Sybase IQ plug-in for Sybase Central, which you can navigate using a screen reader, describes accessibility features, including Sybase Central keyboard shortcuts.

NoteConfiguring your accessibility tool You might need to configure your accessibility tool for optimal use. Some screen readers pronounce text based on its case; for example, they pronounce ALL UPPER CASE TEXT as initials, and Mixed Case Text as words. You might find it helpful to configure your tool to announce syntax conventions. Consult the documentation for your tool.

For information about how Sybase supports accessibility, see Sybase Accessibility. The Sybase Accessibility site includes links to information on Section 508 and W3C standards.

For a Section 508 compliance statement for Sybase IQ, go to Sybase Accessibility.

If you need help

Each Sybase installation that has purchased a support contract has one or more designated people who are authorized to contact Sybase Technical Support. If you cannot resolve a problem using the manuals or online help, please have the designated person contact Sybase Technical Support or the Sybase subsidiary in your area.