Tuesdays with Craig Mullins
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One of the authors I “celebrated” in a blog post last week was Craig Mullins. I follow Craig’s blog and want to point you to every one of his blog entries! I haven’t yet done so, so this is my first post pointing you to the great stuff provide by Craig!
Want to learn more about DB2 for z/OS but there is no money in the education budget? Can you spare 1 hour a week over the course of a month? Well then, you are in luck because SoftwareOnZ is sponsoring a series of DB2 webinars presented by Craig S. Mullins (author of DB2 Developer’s Guide and regular columnist for zJournal Magazine).
Each webinar will be focused on a specific DB2 topic so you can pick and choose the ones that are most interesting to you – or attend them all and receive a certificate signed by Craig indicating that you have completed the DB2 Education Webinar Series. The schedule and topics for these sessions are as follows:
Binding your DB2 programs creates access paths that dictate how your applications will access DB2 data. But it can be tricky to understand exactly what is going on. There are many options and it can be difficult to select the proper ones…and to control when changes need to be made.
This presentation will clarify the BIND process, enabling you to manage DB2 application performance by controlling your DB2 access paths. And it will introduce a new, GUI-based product for managing when your programs need to be rebound. To sign up: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CDT
DB2 DBA’s are tasked with working in a complex technological environment, and as such, the DBA has to know many things about many things. This makes for busy days. How often have you asked yourself, “Where does the time go?”
Well, the more operational duties that can be automated and streamlined, the more effective a DBA can be. This presentation will address issues that every DB2 Database Administrator and/or DB2 Systems Programmer faces on a daily basis. And it will introduce a new tool, DB-Genie, that will reduce the amount of time, effort, and human error involved in maintaining DB2 databases. To sign up: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CDT
For many DB2 professionals, storage management can be an afterthought. What with designing, building, and maintaining databases, assuring recoverability, monitoring performance, and so on, keeping track of where and how your databases are stored is not top of mind. But a storage problem can bring your databases and applications to a grinding halt, so it is not wise to ignore your storage needs.
This presentation will discuss the important storage-related details regarding DB2 for z/OS, including some of the newer storage options at your disposal. And we will also introduce a new web-based tool for monitoring all of your mainframe DB2 storage.
Building DB2 application programs is a thankless job. And it can be difficult to ensure that you have a effective and efficient development environment for coding DB2 applications. Can you easily identify which tables are related to which…and what indexes are available so you code queries the right way the first time? Do you have the right data to test your programs? Can you make quick and dirty changes to just a few tables or rows without having to write yet another program?
This presentation will discuss the issues and difficulties that developers encounter on a daily basis as they build DB2 applications…and it will present a useful programmer-focused toolset for overcoming these difficulties. To sign up: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CDT