More about DB2 Linux, UNIX, and Windows
No description about the tools that are available with DB2 would be complete without a comment about the DB2 Information Center (also known as DB2 Infocenter.) Whenever you need specific information about a particular DB2 command, SQL statement, configuration parameter, registry variable, or you just want to know more about what's new in the latest DB2 release, how to migrate databases from older versions, or how to get started with a specific DB2 feature/functionality, you can usually find it in the DB2 Information Center. The DB2 Information Center is the one-stop shop for any information you need about DB2. Its contents go far beyond the product documentation, and it's a must-read for just about any situation you might encounter.
The DB2 Information Center can be accessed via the Internet, but it can also be installed locally during the DB2 installation process. Because DB2 exists in several different versions (which correspond to major releases), when you access the Information Center from the web, you need to make sure that the Information Center you are looking at corresponds to version/release of DB2 that you are using. (For example, make sure you are using Information Center 10.1 when working with DB2 10.1 databases). If you need to access the DB2 Information Center via the Internet but can't remember the link (and don't have the link saved as a bookmark) just search for the words "db2 Infocenter 10.1" with your favorite search engine. (Always include the version number).
There’s an Information Center available for Data Studio as well; the link to that Information Center is: http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/dstudio/v3r1/index.jsp
DB2 First Steps opens right after you install your DB2 product, and can help you get started using DB2 by:
- Guiding you to the DB2 documentation website (Information Center)
- Checking availability of new updates for your recently installed product
- Creating a sample database (populated with sample data) through db2samp
- Pointing you to the IBM Data Studio download website
Figure 38 shows how the First Steps dialog looks immediately after it has been invoked.
Figure 38. First Steps
DB2 First Steps can also be accessed through the operating system’s menu, or by executing the db2fs command.
There’s also a great independent tool called “Technology Explorer for DB2" which can help you learning DB2 with command samples and more. It can be accessed through a link in the Resources section.