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Congratulations to the authors for completing this book for DB2 Express-C 9.1: Getting Started with DB2 Express-C
Getting started with DB2 couldn't be easier. Read this book to:
* Find out what DB2 Express-C is all about * Understand DB2 architecture, tools, security * Learn how to administer DB2 databases * Write SQL, XQuery, stored procedures * Develop database applications for DB2 * Practice using hands-on exercises * Prepare for the DB2 on Campus exam
This book is ideal for developers, consultants, ISVs, DBAs, students, or anyone who wants to get started with DB2. While this books is focused on DB2 Express-C, the no-charge edition of DB2, the concepts and content are also very applicable to other DB2 editions on Linux, UNIX, and Windows.
Authors of the book include: Raul Chong, Rav Ahuja, and Ian Hakes.
If you're a book lover like me... then you have many bookshelves filled to the brim with books, many of which have been read, but many others waiting to be read. And then there is the inevitable purchase of more books every time you walk into a bookstore! But how can you choose which one is best for you?
If you are looking for technical books, you should try either Safari or Books 24x7 (or really, both!). These online book engines allow you to search across an entire collection of books helping you pinpoint the information that you need RIGHT NOW! If you like, you can simply just continue to search, as you do on Google, and then read the sections that come up. Or you may choose to read the entire book electronically. Your choice.
A few years ago I ran a pilot of Safari in the Toronto Lab. Some of the feedback I received then was that this tool helped them discover a book that they didn't know existed. The person then went to an online bookstore and purchased the printed version of the book. So, not only can you read the entire book online, but you can use these tools as a way to screen / filter the unbelievably large collection of tech books to find what is best for you.
Now is a great time.... as Safari is offering a 10-day free trial to use the tool. If you work for IBM, you should already know that you have a free subscription to Books 24x7. The internal link can be found on the page w3.ibm.com/learning.
So, what's the difference between these two tools? The primary difference is the selection of books. Safari is jointly owned by O'Reilly and Pearson, so you'll find all of their titles in Safari. Books 24x7 typically covers all other books from a variety of publishers. The good news for IBM Press books is that these titles can be found in both.
I hope that you're able to take advantage of these trial offers and that you find the book you need! See our IBM IM Bookstore for the books that I'd suggest.
Have you been checking out this latest gadget: Amazon Kindle? I must admit... I do love gadgets, but rarely buy them until the kinks are worked out and the price comes down. While the kinks are being worked out, I read whatever feedback is available from all the early adopters.
I usually have 3-5 books on the go at any one time... and it isn't very practical to carry a stack of books with me....so the Kindle appeals to me so that I can keep track of all the books I'm currently reading and perhaps I'll have a better chance of actually finishing them... rather than have the books fall into a huge unmanageable pile!
The first thing I don't like about the Kindle is it's name. In the past couple of weeks, I think I've butchered the name into kimble, wimble, and several other unmentionables! Do you think the next edition of this gadget could come up with a more suitable name?
I enjoyed reading this article Why Amazon's Kindle is such a revolutionary e-book reader by Mike Elgan. Mike says I've always been skeptical about e-books, but Amazon has made a believer -- and a customer -- out of me. and did an amazing job of describing the pros and cons of the Kindle and going deeper into details as to how the Kindle works.
I've been told that all IBM Press books are already in the right format to be used with the Kindle, and I assume that the DB2 books published by other publishers are ready as well. One of the things I'd like to look into for the new year is to have Kindles loaded with DB2 books available in some way.
It would be great to get one of these for Christmas, but I doubt that I'll be that lucky. I'll keep reading the reviews about this device and will save my pennies so I can perhaps get one in the future!
Pearson Education, publisher of IBM Press books, has provided a free eBook and author podcasts along with a 35% discount on selected books. * FREE 200-page eBook available for download. Check out important content from our new and classic DB2 and Information Management titles. Topics covered include: PureXML Storage Engine, Database Security, SQL PL Language Elements, and Data Mining to Improve Innovation. Download this FREE eBook to read about these important topics and more. * New Author Podcasts. We currently have 3 new author podcasts available on DB2’s Self-Tuning Memory Manager, Unlocking the Business Value in Unstructured Information, and Understanding DB2. Through March we’ll be adding more podcasts and articles on ITIL, Trusted Computing, Using DeepCompression to Supercharge your DB2 9.5 Database, and more. * 35% discount on 10 new and best-selling DB2 and Information Management books. Plus free ground shipping in the US. Visit the IBM Press Books site to download the eBook, hear the podcasts, and view the books on discount.
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Every thing is becoming green these day! Lucky me... I was born with green eyes... so I'm already in style!
In my role as Program Manager for IM Publishing... you can imagine that I love books. My office and cabinets are filled with them... and so is my house. Although you may not consider my habits green, in reality, I have reduced most other paper from my life. I read many magazines online. I rarely print an email or anything else for that matter. I recycle all paper I do end up with... like newspapers and junk mail.
I don't really like to read an entire book online, but when possible, I read what I can electronically before I make a decision to buy a printed book. For example, I will extensively research a book via the reader comments on amazon or other online site. For example, you can see that there are eight 5-star reviews for Roger Sanders book DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide. Not that there is a comparable book to purchase, but if you read these comments, you may choose to buy the book.
Instead of buying the printed copy, however, you may want to read or browse the electronic version of the book. All retails books about IBM software is in electronic format. You can buy PDF versions of some books directly from the publisher... for example, Understanding DB2®: Learning Visually with Examples, Adobe Reader, 2nd Edition. If you have a subscription to Books 24x7 or Safari, you can also read entire books electronically or search through a library of books for a specific topic. If you work for IBM, you likely already know that IBM has a company-wide license for Books 24x7... if you need information, let me know. These sites quite often have trial periods, so you can see what the electronic books are like before you sign up for a subscription.
Amazon Kindle and other reading devices are becoming much more accessible and affordable. If you don't know what Kindle is... read the reader reviews on amazon and you'll learn all that you need to know. The thing that you should know about IBM books... is that they are ALL Kindle ready. I'm looking forward to the day when kids in school have their books on a device such as this so that they aren't forced to carry heavy knapsacks around any longer!
If you consider IBM Manuals and IBM Redbooks... you can easily make a case that IBM was on the "green" bandwagon long before it became cool. On top of all that great information, you can also find e-books, articles, and tutorials for nearly every topic that exists!
Even IBM Training classes are becoming "green". I've mentioned ILO several times... but what could be greener than taking a class while staying at home. No need to travel anywhere!
I'm sure many more examples can be mentioned. I'm pleased with the progress being made but only wish I could afford a kindle!
I stumbled on this yesterday and have started to read this free downloadable ebook, Web 2.0 Marketing. This is a collection of chapters from 10 existing books that focus on the latest techniques on search marketing, PR 2.0, business blogging, email marketing, Facebook, YouTube, and more.
The chapters include:
Measure Your Search Marketing SuccessChapter 7 from book Search Engine Marketing, Inc., Second Edition by Mike Moran and Bill Hunt. The Social Media News Release: An Overdue FaceliftChapter 7 from book PR 2.0: New Media, New Tools, New Audiences by Deirdre Breakenridge.
Don’t be cheap: email cuts other costs, so invest in itTruth 5 from book The Truth About Email Marketing by Simms Jenkins.
Blogging for Business Chapter 3 from book How to Win Sales & Influence Spiders by Catherine Seda.
Hosting Your Own Facebook EventsChapter 4 from book Facebook Marketing by Steven Holzner.
The New VesselsChapter 10 from book The New Language of Marketing 2.0 by Sandy Carter.
How YouTube Can Help You Market Your BusinessChapter 1 from book YouTube for Business, Online Video Marketing for Any Business by Mike Miller. O.P.E.N. For Business Chapter 2 from book The Open Brand by Kelly Mooney and Nita Rollins.
Customers Votes with Their MiceChapter 6 from book Do It Wrong Quickly by Mike Moran.
A social networking marketing plan is not a traditional marketing plan Truth 19 from book The Truth About Profiting from Social Networking by Patrice-Anne Rutledge
If you like on of the sample chapters, you may decide to buy the entire printed book where the chapter came from.
Enjoy the free ebook: Web 2.0 Marketing!
Have you tried to read a book electronically? The number of options to read books electronically continues to grow... and are become mainstream. Here are my current thoughts on this subject as I continue to research this exciting topic.
If you have a computer, you can read a book electronically. But this also means that you'll be sitting at your computer... desktop or laptop. You'll need to be online to access the books, but some books are downloadable, meaning that you can read them when you're offline.
Once you are a subscriber to Books 24x7... you can search for keywords across hundreds of titles, bookmark books, keep track of what chapter you are on, etc. Even if you prefer to read a printed book, engines like Books 24x7 can help you filter through an enormous amount of content to find the best book for your needs.
All IBM Employees have a subscription to the electronic books found on Books 24x7. You can get to this site via employee home pages. I've found that many schools are going this route as well, so if you are in school, see if they offer you a subscription to Books 24x7. All IBM Press books are on this site as are books from many publishers.
Safari Books Online
Safari Books Online is another electronic book engine, and is essentially the same as Books 24x7. Again, all IBM Press books are here as are Pearson Education and O'Reilly titles. If you are looking for a personal subscription, the prices for Safari are pretty reasonable... and if you're lucky you can find a free trial to Safari Books Online.
Electronic Book Readers
These readers are relatively new and this is where I need to do more research. These are handheld devices that were designed specifically for reading books. That means that they are roughly the same size and weight as a book and the text is easier to read than reading text on a computer. And best of all, they are portable.
The best known ones at this time are Amazon Kindle and Sony eBook Reader. Unfortunately I haven't had hands on time with either of these devices, but I've been talking to people who use them and have been reading what I can.
A friend of mine has an Amazon Kindle and finds herself trying to turn the pages with her finger as she would with a book. That must mean that the Kindle is so convincing that you feel like you're actually reading a book! The books I work on are technical books and I've been told that the Kindle is not the best tool to use for reading books with diagrams and technical text.
Amazon has just released Kindle 2... which was intended to fix many of the problems found in the first edition of the device. Unfortunately some of the early reviews are not very favourable for the new unit. DRM problems apparently.
Some more discussion about the topic from some of my friends:
Sony Reader Digital Book
The Sony folks have a new Reader and generally considered to offer a better reading experience. But their buying content experience is pretty bad.
PlasticLogic wins most intriguing reader but won't come to market till 2010 - there's a YouTube on it that is making the rounds.
iphone with Book App
Iphone getting lots of attention - of course, but all the ebook talk is for very flat content.
The next major development will be the Apple Tablet in Q3. It will come pre-packaged with educational functionality/apps and you know they will do a good job.
Here is one article that compares the Kindle to Plastic Logics.
Please join in this discussion... either here or on ChannelDB2! I'd like to know if you've tried any of these readers and if you see value in them. Point me to any other articles that you come across that you think are relevant.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
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Everyone is talking about e-books and even more e-reading devices have been announced and are waiting for your books to be loaded! Where does IBM stand in all of this?
Personally I think that IBM has been at the leading edge of having e-books available about our products and technologies. Even if you don't read them, surely you've heard of IBM Redbooks. For more than 40 years, IBM has been creating "how to" books to help you build your skills on our products and technolgies. There are half a million IBM Redbooks downloaded every year! IBM Redbooks are available to you for FREE in PDF format. Read these books on your computer, laptop or any device that will accept PDF documents.
Beyond the IBM Redbooks, you can find product documentation for DB2 products in PDF format as well as integrated within the product through online help. Again, as these are PDF files, read them on any device that allows PDFs.
IBM Press has published a wide variety of books that can be purchased in the traditional book format, Kindle format, PDF format, or through online book engines such as Safari Books Online and Books 24x7. If you are an employee with IBM, you automatically have access to all the books available on Books 24x7. If you are a student at a University, you may also have access to Books 24x7. Check with your administrator.
A series of books "For the community by the community" are available from developerWorks. These books are available for you to download for free, in PDF format. Titles in this series are being added all the time... and good news for who want translated editions. The books are being translated by members of the community as well, so you may find a translation that is suitable for you.
If you are looking for books specifically for DB2 pureXML, check out the list of free ebooks that are available for you to download in PDF format.
If you're not sure yet if you want to read books online or via a device, give it a try to see what you think. You can download chapters from various Web 2.0 and Social Media books to see if you like it or not.
Many of the publishers who I work with are presenting e-book strategies to me for future publications. The idea is that the books will be available immediatly in an online format of some kind, but the books are only printed when they are requested / purchased by a reader. This means that the book can be more easily updated when necessary and the publisher will not have a warehouse full of printed books. This makes sense, doesn't it?
Do readers want online books exclusively? I don't think so, yet. Perhaps there will always be a need for a printed book... and if you could see my desk, you'd know immediately that I am a big fan of printed books! I got a Kindle for Christmas, so I've started to see the benefits of reading on such a device. And really, Kindle is just the beginning. Everywhere you look there are different devices being made available: Sony, Nook, iPad, apps on iPhones and Blackberries, etc. I can't keep up with all the new devices, but I found this website that lists many that I've never even heard of! So, take a look if you are interested.
All of this combined tells me IBM is very into this ebook trend AND that 2010 is the Year of the e-Book... at least in terms of supply... so we'll have to wait to see if you the readers buy into the ebook technologies.
If you want to add to this discussion, take a look at this group that I've created on ChannelDB2.com: Electronic Books.
Safari Books Online is joining me as they provide one of the available options for electronic books.
If you are an employee with IBM, you automatically have access to all the books available on Books 24x7. If you are a student at a University, you may also have access to Books 24x7. Check with your administrator.
The publishers who I work with are presenting e-book strategies to me for future publications. The idea is that the books will be available immediatly in an online format of some kind, but the books are only printed when they are requested / purchased by a reader. This means that the book can be more easily updated when necessary and the publisher will not have a warehouse full of printed books.
I digress... back to the conference: Safaria Books Online and I will set up in a central location and have plans to showcase many of the books that have been recently published. For an idea of the books that you'll see there, see my previous blog entries:
Besides the books, you'll also be able to buy IBM-logo merchandise. A wide range of items are being made available for you to purchase.
IBM's Information on Demand (IOD) Conference took place in
My purpose at the conference was to sell books to attendees, but I wasn't able to arrange for a bookseller to set up shop. I'm not able to sell books myself so I promoted both electronic books and buying books directly from the publisher.
Safari Books Online joined me as they provide one of the available options for electronic books. Erin and Martin from Safari were giving demonstrations of their system to attendees. We gave out bookmarks that promoted a free trial subscription for people to try Safari. The URL is: http://safaribooksonline.com/requesttrial/ (Feel free to give it a try!) IBM has a corporate license to Books 24x7 which provides a similar service, but there are fewer technical books than are available via Safari Books Online.
The books we've published through IBM Press, MC Press, Apress, and Packt can be purchased in the traditional print format, Kindle format, PDF format, or through online book engines such as Safari Books Online and Books 24x7. Although owning a book reading device is nice, it isn't necessary. There are apps that run on smart phones and computers to optimize the online reading experience.
I brought my Kindle to the conference to show people technical content on this device. I don't think that it is the best option for technical books. I've downloaded all the readers and find the PC eReaders to be very good. I suspect that iPads will be suitable, but have not been able to use one yet.
The publishers who I work with sent me a sample copy of each book I requested. I likely had 50 books in total. These were merely for display so the attendees could browse through the books and to see the range of tit
Magnus Lindkvist, keynote speaker and facilitator
Author of Book: Everything We Know Is Wrong – The Trendspotter’s Handbook
Magnus brought copies of his book to the conference and sold nearly 100 copies for cash.
Mario Godinez, Eberhard Hechler, Klaus Koenig, Steve Lockwood,
Authors of Book: The Art of Enterprise Information Architecture
IBM purchased 300 copies of this book to be given to qualified attendees. Attendees needed to attend a session hosted by one of the authors or to visit the InfoSphere Demo Room. The event was very successful and all the books were claimed in about an hour.
I arranged to have a number of the previously published flashbooks available to hand out. These included:
New Intelligence for a Smarter Planet – Driving Business Innovation with IBM Analytic Solutions
Break free with DB2 9.7: A Tour of Cost-Slashing New Features
Information on Demand for Dummies, 2nd edition
SAP DBA Cockpit - Flight Plans for DB2 LUW Administrator
I had about 50 copies of each title and they were very well received. Some of the books were moved to the Education Zone to attract / reward people who visited.
I was able to meet with many authors and potential authors! This networking has resulted in more books in the pipeline. I'll have more information on the tit
James Lumsden from Packt Publishing flew into
I met an IBM university ambassador for
Since this was the first time showcasing books at a conference rather than selling them, I learned a few things that I'd like to improve for future events:
Since I had books from 5 or 6 different publishers, it was difficult for me to give one URL for people to go to for our books. Our bookstore website needs to be redesigned and updated to include all the relevant books in both electronic and printed format.
I need a piece of collateral that can highlight the messages we can give to the customer about the book strategy. This can be a flyer, postcard, or bookmark.
During November, Packt is celebrating the recent success of its IBM book range with an array of special offers including:
Here are some you may like to choose:
IBM Lotus Notes 8.5 User Guide
By Karen Hooper
A practical hands-on user guide with time saving tips and comprehensive instructions for using Lotus Notes effectively and efficiently.
IBM Rational Team Concert 2 Essentials
By Suresh Krishna, TC Fenstermaker
WS-BPEL 2.0 for SOA Composite Applications with IBM WebSphere 7
By Matjaz B. Juric
Define, model, implement, and monitor real-world BPEL 2.0 business processes with SOA- powered BPM
Getting Started with IBM FileNet P8 Content Manager
By William J. Carpenter
(Congratulations Bill! I’m glad it worked out well for you!!)
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I’m writing this blog entry from the airport in Montreal. I’m waiting for my flight to Zurich which leaves in the next hour. This will be a vacation for me and I plan to tour the city, the nearby alps, see the Scorpions concert and visit CERN.
Thanks to an amazing team of authors led by Raul Chong, people of the world have high-quality ebooks available to them to learn about DB2 and related products. The authors who have worked on these books are experts in their area and they have volunteered to share their expertise with you for no financial gain to themselves.
The authors can be found around the world, so as a result, you’ll see that many of the titles have already or will one day be translated to another language. We at IBM want to make sure that everyone in the world is able to benefit from the knowledge that is being shared.
Seven books are already completed and at this time are only available in electronic format from the sites linked below.
Learn the basics of relational database theory and other information models. This book discusses database logical and physical design, and introduces you to the SQL language. Practice with hands-on exercises!
This is the 3rd edition of this popular DB2 book. Learn what DB2 is all about. It's been updated for DB2 9.7 and has been translated to many languages.
Adobe® Flex® is the technology of the future; it takes you to the next level of Web application development by providing a free open source framework to develop Rich Internet Applications (RIAs). Using the Flex framework, you can build software that can be used in combination with other server side technologies such as PHP, J2EE, ColdFusion, .NET, and so on. Learn how to use it and develop applications in conjunction with DB2 Express-C, the no-charge edition of DB2; or IBM Data Studio, a free eclipse-based IDE that can help you develop data Web services in minutes.
This book introduces you to DB2® application development using DB2 Express-C. Learn about DB2 stored procedures, functions and Data Web services using SQL and XQuery. Learn how to work with DB2 and JavaTM, C/C++, .NET, PHP, Ruby on Rails, Perl, and more!
IBM Data Studio is an Eclipse-based tool that is the replacement of the DB2® Control Center and other tools for DB2. In conjunction with DB2 Express-C, the no-charge edition of DB2, Data Studio is ideal for DBAs, developers, students, ISVs, or consultants because it's easy and free to use. You can extend Data Studio with additional robust management and development capabilities from IBM to help accelerate solution delivery, optimize performance, protect data privacy, manage data growth, and more.
Open source software development is a community-driven methodology to develop products, from the design and development stages to distribution. Developers across differents part of the world are passionate about their collaboration, and several successful projects including Firefox, Moodle, and Drupal are widely used today. Moreover, many companies are using open source software as the foundation to build their business models.
WebSphere Application Server Community Edition (Community Edition for short) is part of the IBM WebSphere Application Server family. Community Edition is the free edition built on top of Apache Geronimo. Learn how to use Community Edition to develop Java EE applications in conjunction with Eclipse and DB2 Express-C, the no-charge edition of DB2.
In addition to the seven completed titles… check out this ambitious list of books that are coming soon:
Thanks to all the authors involved…. your efforts are very much appreciated. Congratulations on your amazing accomplishment.
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Earlier this year I wrote a blog entry entitled Year of the e-Book. Indeed it has been a very popular year for people trying or switching to ebooks. In the recently published article Top Trends of 2010: Growth of eBooks & eReaders, author Richard MacManus states that “eBook sales almost doubled over 2010 and now make up 9% of total consumer book sales”.
Although this is significant, there is still a long way to go before ebooks become widely accepted. I’ve owned my Kindle for a year now and my son has a Sony, so from personal experience, two bookworms from different generations were able to make the switch and love the experience. When I ask people if they’ve considered one of the ebook readers, they tell me that they would never be able to give up the feel of an actual book in their hands. My answer to this is that most of us have converted from snail mail to email, so the conversion from printed books to ebooks will happen eventually, but it will need people to first step outside their comfort zone.
One of the things I really liked about Richard’s article was his comparison between printed books and ebooks. I’ve copied his pros & cons here to add my own opinions:
1. Social Highlighting
I’ve used all of these features on my kindle, but would like to add that my favourite features are 1) the ability to get sample books. When I’m out with people and we’re discussing books that we recommend, I can easily build a wish list of books by getting sample chapters for free from amazon.com. On a recent vacation, I read 5 of the samples that I had recently downloaded and decided that 4 of the 5 were books that I was interested in reading further. 2) The price of a new release in kindle format is much cheaper than the hardcover. Along with this is the weight. My wrists hurt when reading those heavy hard cover books! So now I don’t need to wait for the paperback or trade version of the book, I can read it inexpensively and weightlessly on my kindle!
I still share books with others… mostly other people lending me their printed books. I will still pick up used books when I see one that I’d like to read. But for me, most of the books I’ll buy it the future will be gifts or keepsakes. At the IOD conference I was able to get books signed by the authors. Even though I already owned e-versions of these books, I purchased the printed copies to get their signature. I purchased a few as gifts as well. One guy had the Freakonomics authors sign his Kindle in permanent marker!!
There are so many choices for e-readers now and the prices appear to be dropping, so I presume many people will be getting these as gifts this Christmas. If you do get one, step outside your comfort zone and give it an honest try. You might learn that you like it… like I did!
How about technical books? Well, I’ve noticed that some of the kindle sample books for technical books are not perfect yet. One book I downloaded, I ended up with only the Front Matter. I guess looking at the TOC is important, but I wanted to see what the chapters and diagrams looked like. I contacted the publisher to suggest that they fix this.
Not all publishers have put their books in Kindle format. There are still issues that need to be worked through with the profits and graphics quality. The ipad fixes the graphics quality… so that might make technical ebooks more accepted.
From my perspective, all of our books are in electronic format. Really if you think about it, IBM has been a leader in electronic formats for information. IBM Redbooks have been a major source of high quality content for forty years now. Product documentation with IBM products such as DB2 has been delivered in electronic format through the Information Center or online help for more than 10 years now. Our published books are made available in Books 24x7 and Safari Books Online which are electronic book libraries. IBM subscribes to Books 24x7 meaning that all IBM employees can access published books electronically, at no charge. All IBM Press books and all of our Certification Study Guides are available in Kindle format as well as epub format that can be used on any e-reading device.
Check out another blog entry I wrote entitled “The Mainstreaming of e-Books” that gives a bit more information about some of the e-readers. Also check out my blog entry from yesterday “DB2 on Campus Book Series” which is a set of books that are only available in electronic format.
As usual it’s been a very productive year for the ITSO who publish IBM Redbooks. Here is a list of 30 titles that were released for the Information Management area in 2010. Notice that the ITSO allows you to give reader feedback and ratings for these books. If you like a book, make sure you leave a comment. Word of mouth feedback is impressively influential.
This one was handed out in printed format at the IOD conference, and it proved to be extremely popular.
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What do I suggest?
by Anthony Giordano
Note that this title is in ROUGH CUT format: Access future best-sellers as they’re being written.
Data integration accounts for some 70% of the cost and risk of data warehousing and business analytics projects. Now, the leader of IBM's Global Data Integration Practice for Business Intelligence, Anthony Giordano, presents a complete reference architecture and best-practice blueprint for higher-quality and lower-cost data integration. He shows how to build data integration processes to support exceptionally high volumes of data, introduces data integration patterns for SOA, EAI, and ETL, and covers every phase, task, and step required to build mature data integration environments.
Mike Biere, author of The New Era of Business Intelligence, contributes to the BI tools debate on IT World, offering some evaluation points for ROLAP solutions vs. OLAP.
Why choose an eBook versus a printed book?
1. eBooks are electronically searchable
2. You can carry hundreds of eBooks around with you at one time
3. eBooks are often cheaper than printed books
There are a few new things that I'd like to tell you about the DB2 Certification Guides that you don't already know:
1) Judy Nall's book was the latest to publish and I've been told it is selling VERY well! I hope those who are purchasing the book are taking and passing exam 737 as a result!
2) Susan Lawson and Dan Luksetich are beginning to update their Certification Guide and hope to have the new version of the book to match the new exam by IDUG in May 2011.
3) Roger Sanders is in discussions with the publisher to create a V9.7 update to his very popular V9 Cert Guides.
To prepare yourself to pass the exams read through a previous blog entry that I did called Certification 101.
Buy or borrow a Study Guide related to the exam you are taking. These books are available electronically through Books 24x7 or Safari Books Online. The suggested books are:
DB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 732
DB2 9 Advanced Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 734
DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide
Note that all of these books were written by members of the exam development team and each chapter contains sample questions along with answers and explanations.
I’ve loved to read since I first learned how to read. I likely read everything in sight, but at that time, printed books were the primary delivery vehicle. One of the goals I had as a parent was to encourage my son to become an avid reader. He’s 12 now and I’m very proud to say that I’ve succeeded!
It might sound counter intuitive, but I think that it is much easier to become an avid reader these days than it was when I was his age. Most people think that computers and gaming devices have sucked the desire to read from our kids. But I think that computers, gaming devices and other modern tools have helped kids develop a passion for reading.
First of all, most interaction with a computer requires that you read. There are instructions, help forums, and an endless number of websites that can be found that relate to any computer game. The makers of the games have also pushed this a step further by creating “novels” that star the same characters of favourite computer games. TV shows help as well. Pokeman, for instance, has produced cards that contain a huge number of facts for each of its characters. Game makers have also produced hefty reference guides to be used along side a game to help the gamer become even more proficient at winning.
Second are the reading devices that everyone seems to have this year. I have a Kindle, my son a Sony. I read most of the classics in paperback years ago, primarily introduced to them via school curriculum. My son has 300 or so classics loaded onto his Sony reader… and they came free. He can freely work his way through the classics when he wants. And he is reading them! He’s even managed to read some that I missed. How does he even know about the books? I’m not sure, but I think that he’s exposed to many of them via spoof shows like Simpsons or Futurama.
Beyond these classics, it is very easy and relatively inexpensive to download a book to a reading device. You can do it immediately whenever you hear of a book that might interest you. This avoids forgetting about a book recommendation that someone made. Many public libraries are now offering ebooks for borrowing. Recently I read that I can lend some of my purchased kindle books to friends. I plan to give this a try very soon.
Third are audible books that you listen to instead of read. I know that some devices are programmed to “read” a book to you. My preference is the audible versions that are produced by having a professional voice actor read the book. I started listening to audible versions of books about a year ago and I can’t believe how many books I’ve “read” in this way. They are so enjoyable to listen to as well! It’s no longer the case that I buy a business book and only get a few chapters into the book. When I’m listening, I get completely hooked and have finished every book that I’ve started. I’ve listened to business books, self-help, biographies, and novels, all with equal enjoyment.
Not convinced? Give it a try yourself. Believe me, I love printed books and you can tell if you’ve ever been in my home or my office. I easily have 25 books on my desk and hundreds in my shelves. If I can make the leap from my beloved printed books to ebooks and audible books… so can just about anyone!
How do you get started?
If you don’t own a dedicated reading device, you should be aware that you can download the ebook reading apps that can be used on smart phones or on your computer. This won’t give you the full benefits of reading an ebook on a dedicated device, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how the ebook apps have improved the reading experience. It is nothing like reading your email or a website.
You can find most books are available in ebook format. Most you have to pay for, but if you look, you can find quite a few for free. For instance, check out our Flashbooks which are free and were optimized for online reading. If you have a subscription to Books 24x7 or Safari Books Online, you may already have access to technical ebooks. Not all memberships include the mobile option, so check to see what you have. IBMers have a subscription to Books 24x7, but not the mobile features. Quite often you can sign up for a trial license for these online book sites to give it a try.
I have a personal subscription to audible.com, but there are other sites as well. Also, many public libraries stock the CDs for popular books.
My personal conclusion is that by using modern devices, I’m able to read/consume many more books than I did in the past and I’m enjoying the variety of ways that I can read a book. I’m also pleased that my son has made the leap despite the fact that a year ago he didn’t think he’d ever enjoy reading an ebook or listening to a book.
I’m curious about your experiences! Let me know.
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Are you looking for some good technical books to read in order to enhance your skills? For the month of February, you can purchase a number of amazing books and save money while doing it.
Let me start with the offers from IBM’s publishing partner, IBM Press:
1) If you are a member of IDUG, you can always get 45% off of books published by IBM Press. How? Go to IDUG’s home page and click on the icon on the bottom right corner. This will give you the instructions needed to get your discount. See a previous blog entry for more information on IDUG: IDUG = International DB2 User Group
2) If you’re not a member of IDUG and don’t wish to join, you can take advantage of the following offer: New and Best-Selling Information Management Books at 35% off; http://www.ibmpressbooks.com/promotions/promotion.asp?promo=136211; Enter coupon code INFOMGMT during checkout to receive discount.
What books should you consider?
The latest IBM Press title in the Information Management area is:
by Anthony David Giordano
The IBM Press books that published in 2009 and 2010, include:
Mike Biere, author of The New Era of Business Intelligence, contributes to the BI tools debate on IT World, offering some evaluation points for ROLAP solutions vs. OLAP.
Next, MC Press, publisher of our ever popular DB2 Certification Series has a new online bookstore and are celebrating with FREE Shipping On Orders of $100 or More*; SAVE Up to 90%; BONUS $5 Savings On All “Scratch & Dent” Titles. Includes DB2 Cert Guides.
And finally, Packt. For the month of February, they are offering 4 eBooks for $75. Packt now has 17 IBM titles listed on site. Some suggestions:
Getting Started with IBM FileNet P8 Content Manager
For complete details, see Packt’s online bookstore: New IBM Books from Packt
It seems February is a great time to save on technical books. Happy shopping!
Check out this great offer by IBM Press (Pearson Education):
Free, 250-page Data Management and Architecture eSampler that offers chapters from six books on topics including :
Chapter 4: Enterprise Information Architecture: A Conceptual and Logical View
Chapter 3: A Design Technique: Data Integration Modeling
Chapter 5: MDM Architecture Patterns
Chapter 1: Viral Data
Chapter 5: Elements of BI Solutions: The End User Experience
Chapter 2: Mining Customer Interactions
If you’ve been wondering about the content of these 6 books, getting this sampler is a great way to preview the content so you can determine whether you want to read the entire book. I have a Kindle and preview all of the books I purchase. You should no longer find yourself purchasing a book only to find out once you get home that it isn’t what you thought it would be.
If you like to “Try before you buy”, also consider the offer for trying education classes before you sign up for them.
You haven’t tried ebooks yet? Go outside your comfort zone with an ebook, you’ll be glad you did!