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InterSystems First Looks

First Looks are brief documents providing hands-on experiences with key InterSystems IRIS® technologies and options. Many can be done on a free evaluation instance; just click TRY IT to learn how to get one! All can be done on a licensed InterSystems IRIS instance.

The InterSystems IRIS documentationOpens in a new tab provides detailed information on all of the topics explored in the First Looks.


Introduces InterSystems Cloud Manager and shows you how to use it to deploy InterSystems products in a public cloud.

Introduces Docker containers and running InterSystems products in containers.


Introduces the use of distributed caching enabled by ECP to scale for user volume.

Introduces sharding and how it can be used to scale InterSystems-based applications for data volume.

Introduces the crash recovery, high availability, and disaster recovery capabilities of InterSystems products.

Development Environments

Explains how to connect an IDE to an InterSystems IRIS instance.

Java and JDBC

Introduces connecting to InterSystems databases via JDBC: quick facts, a look at shared memory connections, and a chance to try it for yourself.

Introduces how to store and retrieve persistent Java objects using the XEP object persistence API: quick facts, a hands-on demo, and comparison with other Java persistence options.


Introduces connecting to InterSystems databases via ODBC.

Introduces connecting to InterSystems products via the InterSystems ADO.NET Managed Provider.

Introduces how to store and retrieve persistent .NET objects using the XEP object persistence API: quick facts and a hands-on demo.

Embedded Languages

Introduces the ObjectScript language and shows how it can be used to access data in multiple ways.

Introduces the concept of globals, the underlying storage structure for the InterSystems IRIS data platform.

Introduces InterSystems SQL, the usage of common SQL statements with InterSystems products, and a unique way to optimize query performance.

Introduces InterSystems SQL query optimization techniques.

Introduces developing REST interfaces in InterSystems products to provide access to databases and applications.

Interoperability Productions

Introduces the DTL Editor and how to transform data into a different format within an interoperability production.


Introduces support for SQL text search, which provides semantic context searching of unstructured text data.

Introduces support for Natural Language Processing (NLP) text analytics, which provides semantic analysis of unstructured text data in a variety of natural languages.

Introduces how InterSystems IRIS implements and complements a UIMA analysis pipeline.


Introduces role–based access control in InterSystems products: quick facts and a chance to try it for yourself.

Introduces using an LDAP server to authenticate and assign privileges to users of InterSystems products.

Provides a brief, simple, hands-on introduction to InterSystems database encryption tools.

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