Before you start
Thinking about seeking certification on DB2 fundamentals (Exam 730)? If so, you've landed in the right spot. This series of seven DB2 certification preparation tutorials covers all the basics—the topics you'll need to understand before you read the first exam question. Even if you're not planning to seek certification right away, this set of tutorials is a great place to start getting to learn what's new in DB2 9.
This tutorial is the third in a series of seven tutorials that can help you prepare for the DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification (Exam 730). The material in this tutorial primarily covers the objectives in Section 3 of the test (see Resources for more information).
DB2 installation is not covered in this tutorial. If you haven't already done so, we strongly recommend that you download and install a copy of IBM DB2 Express-C (see Resources). Installing DB2 will help you understand many of the concepts that are tested on the DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification exam.
After you've installed the DB2 product, you will want to get a database up and running as quickly as possible. This tutorial introduces you to the objects that make up a DB2 database, and to the factors that affect how the database is created. After a brief introduction to DB2 objects, we'll examine the different tools to create, access, and manipulate DB2 objects.
After completing this tutorial, you should be able to:
- Create a DB2 database on your own
- Catalog it for use by other users
- Examine and manipulate the objects within that database.
The process of installing DB2 is not covered in this tutorial. If you haven't already done so, we strongly recommend that you download and install a copy of DB2 Express-C (see Resources). Installing DB2 will help you understand many of the concepts that are tested on the DB2 9 Family Fundamentals Certification exam. If needed, the IBM Support Portal for DB2 LUW has resources to help you with the installation process (see Resources).
You do not need a copy of DB2 to complete this tutorial. However, you will get more out of the tutorial if you download the free trial version of IBM DB2 9 to work along with this tutorial (see Resources).