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In DB2 pureXML Cookbook,
two of IBM's leading experts provide the single most comprehensive
coverage of DB2's pureXML capabilities. This book explains DB2 pureXML
in over 700 practical examples, including 250+ XQuery and SQL/XML
queries, taking the reader from simple introductions all the way to
advanced scenarios. The authors have distilled their hands-on
experience with many pureXML applications so that you can benefit from
best practices, tips & tricks, performance guidelines, and other
gems that are not documented elsewhere.
This book is invaluable for database administrators and application
developers, beginners and DB2 experts. The topics are organized by
typical user tasks throughout the life cycle of XML database projects,
from planning, designing, and implementing databases all the way to
tuning, problem determination, and application development. It includes
code samples for Java, .NET, COBOL, PL/1, C, PHP, and Perl programmers.
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Enjoy the free trial and if you like it... let me (and others) know!
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The Information on Demand conference is fast approaching. I've been doing some final planning for the conference that includes creating signage for the bookstore and book signing events. I'll share with you what the plans are and hope that you'll be able to join us at the conference and specifically for the book events.
The IOD bookstore is offering books at a 20% discount. Browse the selection of books because I think you'll be able to find several books that interest you and can perhaps help you do your job better. I'll be working at the bookstore and whenever I do, the comment I hear most often is... "I had no idea there were so many books!".
The bookstore will be open Sunday October 25 thru Thursday October 29. There will only be a limited quantity of each book... so browse & buy early to avoid disappointment.
The following authors will be at the conference and will be available to sign your books. You can buy your book at the conference or bring a copy you already own. Remember that a signed copy of a book makes an excellent gift! Mark Jeffries What's Up with Your Handshake? Meet Mark at the IOD bookstore on Monday, October 26 from 11-12 or Tuesday October 27 from 1:30 - 2:30.
Matthais Nicola DB2 pureXML Cookbook Meet Matthias at the IOD bookstore on Wednesday, October 28 from 1:30 - 2:30
As in previous years, we also have some free FLASHBOOKS that you can take. These books are very slim and easy to read and typically only available to conference attendees. Information on Demand for Dummies Authors: Judith Hurwitz, Fern Halper, Marcia Kaufman, Glenn Hintze, Adam Gartenberg These books are only available to partners or customers. Exchange your coupon for a book. Meet the authors on Monday October 26 from 2:30 - 3:30 at the IOD Bookstore Break free with DB2 9.7: A Tour of Cost-Slashing New Features Authors: Paul Zikopoulos, Belal Tassi, George Baklarz, Chris Eaton Get your free book and meet the authors at the Mandalay Bay Registration Desk South on Tuesday, October 27 from 12 - 1
New Intelligence for a Smarter Planet - Driving Business Innovation with IBM Analytic Solutions Authors: Bill Wong, Rex Wiederanders, Alan Meyer, Pat Bates, Mike Biere Get your free book and meet the authors at the Mandalay Bay Registration Desk South on Wednesday, October 28 from 3:45 - 4:45
MDM for Customer Data : Optimizing Customer Centric Management of Your Business Author: Kelvin Looi Get your free book and meet Kelvin the Mandalay Bay South: Bayside D - Data Management Room
I know you may think it's too geeky to get your book signed... but the authors enjoy meeting people and talking about their books and related topics.
If you want more info about IOD... read Kate's blog. She's been doing an entire series about various aspects of the conference.
hope to see you / meet you at the conference. If you are going, come
and find me at the bookstore and tell me that you read my blog! I like
talking to people too!
Whei-Jen Chen Jason Chan Olaf Mueller Malcolm Singh Tapio Väättänen
technologies are becoming more popular to help efficiently utilize
resources by consolidating servers. IBM, the first company that
developed and made available the virtual technology in 1966, offers
advanced, powerful, reliable, and cost-saving virtualization
technologies in various hardware and software products including DB2®
for Linux, UNIX, and Windows. This IBM Redbooks publication describes
using IBM DB2 9 with server virtualization.
The book starts with a
general overview of virtualization and describes specific server
virtualization technologies to highlight how the server virtualization
technologies have been implemented. With this introduction anyone new
to virtualization will have a better understanding of server
virtualization and the industry server virtualization technologies
available in the market.
Following the virtualization concept, the book describes in detail the setup, configuration, and managing of DB2 with
three leading server virtualization technologies:
IBM Power Systems™ with PowerVM™
The virtual machine setup is done with DB2 in mind to help IT support
understand the effective ways of setting up a virtual environment
specific for DB2. The architecture and components of these
three server virtualization technologies are explained to allow DBAs to understand
how a database environment using DB2 can benefit from using the server
In addition, the DB2
features and functions that can take advantage of using server
virtualization are discussed. These features are put into practice when describing
how to set up DB2 with the three virtualization technologies discussed
in this book. This book also includes a list of best practices from the
various tests performed while using these virtualization technologies.
These best practices can be used as a guideline or a reference when
setting up DB2 using these virtualization technologies.
For those of you attending the IBM Information on Demand Conference later this month, you'll be given a chance to get a free printed copy of this book and meet author Jason Chan.
I know! We're on a roll here with all the new books that are publishing or about to publish. October seems to be our big month!
I'm very happy about all of the books, but especially this one! I've been working with Liwen for what seems like 10 years on getting a book about DB2 & SAP published! Lots of hurdles, lack of authors, lack of time...you name it... it was a problem. But persistence from everyone and look what we have! Right now we only have the e-version of the book...which you can print if you want a printed copy... and hopefully we can go the next step with this book in the near future.
Here are the details: SAP DBA Cockpit - Flight Plans for DB2 LUW Administrator by Eduardo Akisue Jeremy Broughton Patrick Zeng Liwen Yeow
This book is a reference document on the fully integrated monitoring and management of DB2 through the brilliantly designed SAP front end. The book takes the reader through all aspects of the DBACOCKPIT tooling and suggest certain best practices that should be considered.
DB2 & SAP have been partners for many years now... so take a look at what that partnership brings you! You won't be disappointed!
Three more days till I fly to Vegas.... for the IOD Conference! I really can't believe how busy I am... and most of it is prep work for IOD! My primary function at the conference will be to introduce you to the many books that are available for you to read to grow your skills on multiple Information Management topics. And guess what? I have much to announce to you on this topic!
First of all, if you are attending the conference, come and visit me at the IOD bookstore: Bayside Foyer, Mandalay Bay Convention Center - South, Level 1 **Books at the IOD Conference bookstore are 20% off the retail price
There are too many books to list here, so come by and browse. Of particular interest are the following books that you can buy and get signed by one or more of the authors:
Mark Jeffries signing copies of What’s Up With Your Handshake? –Mon 11:00 am - 12:30 pm –Tue 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm –Location: At Conference Bookstore
Neal Fishman signing copies of Viral Data in SOA: An Enterprise Pandemic –Mon 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm –Location: At Conference Bookstore
Malcolm Gladwell signing copies of his newest book, Outliers, along with his best-sellers, Blink and The Tipping Point –Wed 10:15 am - 11:15 am –Location: At Conference Bookstore
Matthias Nicola signing copies of DB2 pureXML Cookbook –Mon & Wed 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm –Location: At Conference Bookstore
As usual, we also have a collection of books that we are giving out free of charge. I call these "flashbooks" because they are small, easy to read, and introduce you to a new topic. These books are in limited quantity... and you MUST be at the conference to get a copy:
Judith Hurwitz, Fern Halper, Marcia Kaufman, Glenn Hintze, Adam Gartenberg –Mon 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm –Authors will be available to sign your copy of Information on Demand for Dummies –Exchange your coupon for a free book at the Bayside Level Ticket Counter (across from the IOD Main Information Desk) –Signing location: At Conference Bookstore
Bill Wong, Rex Wiederanders, Alan Meyer, Pat Bates, Mike Biere –Wed 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm –Authors will be available to sign your copy of New Intelligence for a Smarter Planet - Driving Business Innovation with IBM Analytic Solutions –Location: Mandalay Bay Registration Desk South
Kelvin Looi –Mon 3:30 pm – 430 pm; Tue 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm –Signing copy of book MDM for Customer Data: Optimizing Customer Centric Management of Your Business –Location: Mandalay Bay South: Bayside D – Data Management Room
Paul Zikopoulos, Belal Tassi, George Baklarz & Chris Eaton –Tue 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm –Authors will be available to sign your copy of Break free with DB2 9.7: A Tour of Cost-Slashing New Features –Location: Mandalay Bay Registration Desk South
Jason Chan –Tue 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm –Author will be available to sign your copy of IBM Redbook: DB2 Virtualization –Location: Mandalay Bay Registration Desk South
Jacques Roy –Tue 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm –Author will be available to sign your copy of Informix Dynamic Server Application Development – Getting Started –Location: Mandalay Bay Registration Desk South
I'd also like to invite you to the new group I created on MyDeveloperWorks. I will add information about new or existing books as I learn it. If you have questions, this is also a great place to ask it. I'm planning to invite every author who I work with to join me and ask them to answer your questions!
Join this group created by Surekha Parekh to catch up on any webcasts that you may have missed. This group will
list all DB2 for z/OS webcasts & teleconferences available to you FREE on
demand all year !
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Thanks to Leon for providing me with this amazing data about the amazing success of the DB2 Express-C On-Campus series of books.
IBM DB2 Express-C is the community edition of the DB2 data server that you can download and deploy for FREE. The target audience is small businesses or developers and business partners who serve these customers.
Not only is DB2 Express-C easy to install and use, but it contains the core functions of the more scalable editions of DB2 such as pureXML and self-managing capabilities. You can find out more about the requirements to use DB2 Express-C on the "About DB2 Express-C" website.
To support DB2 Express-C a series of On-Campus books have been created to support this community. Since the DB2 Express-C product can be downloaded for free, we needed to make sure that we could help people develop their skills for free. Thanks to Leon, Raul, Rav and many others, we have many books available for people to learn for free:
Getting Started with DB2 Express-C has been downloaded just shy of 83,000 times and distributed to more than 100,000 people world-wide. Just think of that! That's a lot of people learning and using DB2... and creating applications that run on any edition of DB2, regardless of the platform. This book is available in 9 languages, so the coverage is world-wide.
The team who created these books are planning to provide even more! There are 26 new books planned for 2010.
Now the success story behind the success of these books - there were 107 authors involved in the writing and translation of these books. 80 people from IBM and 27 outside of IBM. I hope each and everyone of these people benefit greatly from this career development stepping stone. Writing about anything makes you a better expert in that topic, and we all know that writing is one of the most valuable skills for a person to have.
Do you have your copy of DB2 Express-C and the supporting books yet?
Are you going to IDUG in Tampa, Florida this year? The conference takes place May 10 - May 14 and if you are going, you have 4 weeks to prepare to pass the free exams that you can take while attending the conference.
Why get certified? It's getting harder to keep your skills up to date these days with everything changing so quickly and the huge volume of information that you are bombarded with every day. Certification exams are focused on a specific topics and cover a limited number of objectives that are related to the tasks performed in that job role. So when you are studying for the exam, you are studying only a subset of the content that is available for the product. This targeted studying can be a more achievable way to increase your skills as you'll do a piece of learning and then testing at a time.
To help you target your studying, we have a set of study guides that you can use to prepare to pass the exam.
This exam was updated to the V9.7 level, while the book is at the V9 level. This might cause you a slight problem on some of the questions but overall, you should still be able to pass the exam with this book. If you're concerned, you should examine the exam objectives to see what was added. You could also take the Exam Prep for Exam 541 course that will be taught by Roger Sanders on May 10 at the Conference.
These books will be for sale at the conference, but if you can, purchase the books before the conference so that you have time to read them and study to the degree that you need to.
If you aren't able to purchase the books outright, check amazon or other sites for used copies of the books. Also, libraries might have copies of the books. I know our skill's center library has many copies of these books... and they are VERY well used!
Check to see if your company has a subscription with Safari Books Online or Books 24x7. Both of these electronic book engines carry these books which will allow you to read the entire book or to search and read parts of the book as needed.
The publisher of the Certification Study Guides, MC Press, is working on getting the books available in Kindle format, so that could be an option for you as well.
If you are working with DB2 in your daily job, you may be ready to pass the exam with minimal studying. I suggest that you try an assessment exam to guage your readiness. You may also wish to answer the sample questions that are in the Certification Study Guides. If you are able to pass these questions correctly and easily, you may be ready to pass the exam.
If you want a little more help, consider taking the Exam Prep courses that take place on May 10 at the conference. You can prepare for Exam 541 or Exam 732.
For more information about getting certified, see my previous blog entry: Certification 101.
Not only do IDUG attendees get FREE certification tests at the conference taking place May 10 - 14 in Tampa Florida, but in the weeks before the conference, you can take the assessment test FREE of CHARGE!
Check your email as once you register for the conference, you'll receive the promotion code and instructions by email.
Good luck on the exams! Have fun at the conference!