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!
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!
Raul F. Chong, Xiqiang Ji, Priyanka Joshi, Vineet Mishra, Min Wei Yao
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.
Debra Eaton, Vitor Rodrigues, Manoj K. Sardana, Michael Schenker, Kathryn Zeidenstein & Raul F. Chong
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. This book gets you started into the fascinating world of open source software development. Using the exercises and case studies provided, you will get good hands-on experience to contribute to and start open source projects.
Rachna Kapur, Mario Briggs, Pedro Carvalho, Ulisses Costa, Tapas Saha, Raul F. Chong, Peter Kohlmann
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.
Jiang Lin Quan, Dai Xuan, Wang Lei, Juliano Marcos Martins, Chi Run Hua, Xia Ming, Tang Ying, Raul F. Chong
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What’s the book about? Briefly, in the word of Arvind Krishna, General Manager at IBM:
IBM has assembled a comprehensive approach to Information Governance that delivers the industry’s strongest portfolio of products, services, and best practices to address every organization’s needs. This book provides a practical set of detailed steps and sub-steps to implement an Information Governance program, as well as the associated automation provided by IBM Software.
Many of my blog entries had their origins in a question posed to me. Earlier this week someone asked me for some free resources that can be used to stay on the cutting edge of all DB2 changes. I went through recent blog entries and without much effort, I was able to come up with 10 different types of free stuff. Check it out:
Keeping your skills sharp are extremely important and getting certified can certainly help you do that. But, we need to watch the amount of money we spend on everything these days. Good news: IBM’s certification program offers ways to help you keep the costs down while keeping your skills up.
Here are some ideas:
Take It Again is a voucher program
This promotion has been offered in the past and will happen again this year. The details on this year’s promotion are not on the web yet, but I’ve been told that they’ll be there soon. Here’s how the program works: With Take It Again you may purchase specially priced vouchers so that in the event you do not pass an exam on your first attempt, you may quickly and easily retake the same exam for no additional costs. Learn more about Take it Again!
Free or discounted exams at conferences
Conference fees and travel can be quite expensive, so to help, IBM quite often offers conference attendees a chance to take 3 exams free while at the conference and perhaps half price for further exams. Exam fees are normally $200 a take, so this can be an immediate $600 savings to you if you take the exams. Add this justification to your conference request and maybe you’ll be approved to attend the conference of your choice. Find out what conference have free or discounted exams.
Free Assessment Tests
Typically before a conference, the Certification team waives the $10 fee for the assessment exam in the 3 weeks prior to the conference. We want you to pass your exam and to help you do that, you are given tools to help you increase your skills before attempting a free exam at the conference. For the conferences that offer this program, you should be emailed a promotion code after you’ve registered for the event.
For less expensive study materials, check out my previous entries about electronic books, tutorials, product documentation, Express-C versions of products, free webinars, and WBTs:
started my career at the Toronto Lab writing DB2 product documentation.
I learned a lot, met many great people, and created my career. One of
the things I learned during my 6 years writing is that there is much
work put into this content. Planning, writing, discussing, reviewing,
revising, translating, publishing, and more. Bottom line: there is
quality in the product docs! Another
thing about the product docs is that they cover every area of the
product. People are always asking me how they should prepare to pass
the IBM Certification exams, and one of the valid options is to read the
might have sounded like an impossible task until now. Amyris Rada, a
very creative member of the DB2 product documentation team decided to
build a book based on the exam objectives... using only... you guessed
it, content from the documentation. And here are the results:
They are rather large, but they should provide you all what you need to know to pass the exam. So, what’s different from the other study resources? My favourite study materials for the DB2 LUW area are the series of study guides produced by Roger Sanders.
Harness the Power of Big Data - The IBM Big Data Platform
by Paul Zikopoulos, Dirk deRoos, David Corrigan, Tom
Deutsch, Krishnan Parasuraman, James Giles
Information about book:
Big Data represents a new era of computing – an inflection point of
opportunity where data in any format may be explored and utilized for
breakthrough insights - whether that data is in-place, in-motion, or at-rest.
IBM is uniquely positioned to help clients navigate this transformation. This
book reveals how IBM is leveraging open source Big Data technologies, infused
with deep IBM innovation from over 6 billion dollars in analytics acquisitions,
that manifest in a platform capable of 'changing the game'.
The four defining characteristics of Big Data – volume, variety,
velocity, and veracity – are discussed. You’ll understand how IBM is fully
committed to Hadoop and integrating it into the enterprise. Hear about how
organizations are taking inventories of their existing Big Data assets, with
search capabilities that helps organizations put their hands around what they
already know, and extending their reach into new data territories for
unprecedented model accuracy and discovery.
In this book you will also learn not just about the technologies that make up
the IBM Big Data platform, but when to leverage its purpose built engines for
analytics on data in-motion and data at-rest. And you’ll gain an understanding
of how and when to govern big data, and how IBM’s industry-leading InfoSphere
integration and governance portfolio helps you understand, govern, and
effectively utilize big data. Industry use cases are also included in this
An excerpt of this book is available and can be found: The
Big Data Hub. Also see the Big Data Hub for blog entries, videos, and other
resources that will help you on your journey in the Big Data world.
If you are attending the IBM
Information on Demand Conference, get a free printed copy of this book at the Information Desk at the big data booth #622 in the Expo. Bring your book to get signed by the authors at the IOD bookstore Tuesday October 23, 9:30 – 10:30.
After the conference is over, a free e-version of the book will be available
for you to download. Follow my blog to ensure that you are one of the first to
know where you can download the book.
Other sessions by these authors:
3818A Top Enterprise Big Data Use Cases - South Pacific B; Mon, Oct 22,
2012; 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
3920B Ask the Experts: How Can A Big Data Platform Help Me? - Tradewinds A;
Tue, Oct 23, 2012; 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
3920C Ask the Experts: How Can A Big Data Platform Help Me? - Tradewinds A;
Wed, Oct 24, 2012; 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
2017B How to Get Started with Your First Big Data Project - South Pacific F;
Mon, Oct 22, 2012; 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
3618A Big Data Reference Architectures - South Pacific A; Tue, Oct 23, 2012;
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
3802A Customer Insight and the Customer Experience: New Capabilities with
Big Data and Analytics - Palm A; Tue, Oct 23, 2012; 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
1660B Big Data Governance: An Emerging Imperative - South Pacific H; Tue,
Oct 23, 2012; 4:30 PM - 5:45 PM
3822A How to Build an Exploratory Big Data Analytics Capability for the
Enterprise - South Pacific B; Wed, Oct 24, 2012; 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2017C How to Get Started with Your First Big Data Project - South Pacific B;
Thu, Oct 25, 2012; 8:15 AM - 9:30 AM
4000A Trusted Information - The Foundation for Efficient Operations and
Smarter Analytics - Jasmine F; Sun, Oct 21, 2012; 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
2309A InfoSphere Information Integration and Governance Track Keynote:
Future Directions for InfoSphere - South Pacific J; Mon, Oct 22, 2012; 10:15 AM
- 11:15 AM
3524A Real-Time Analytics on Extreme Data: Optimization of a Bayesian
Algorithm Within InfoSphere Streams - South Pacific B; Tue, Oct 23, 2012; 1:45
PM - 2:45 PM
2092A Using Big Data Technology to Revolutionize Cyber Threat Detection -
South Pacific F; Wed, Oct 24, 2012; 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Time: 12:30-2:00 PM Eastern / 11:30 AM Central / 9:30 AM Pacific / 17:30hrs London / 18:30hrs Frankfurt, Paris / India 11 PM
The availability and integrity of data is critical to the business enterprise. When a problem occurs and your data is compromised or unavailable, it is paramount to be able to recover from such an 'outage' as quickly as possible. Equally important, is the ability to recover efficiently by quickly identifying recovery assets and minimizing the recovery scope, required resources and effort. This session will explore in detail the Advanced Recovery Solutions for DB2 LUW. The solutions are comprised of the Recovery Expert, Merge Backup and High Performance Unload tools. The Advanced Recovery Solutions for DB2 LUW provide unique capabilities for changed data analysis, elimination of physical or logical data errors and maximizing data availability. We will examine in detail the features these solutions present and demonstrate, through realistic user scenarios, the business value that can be gained by complementing and extending your data management and recovery strategies with these tools.
Presentation slides will be available for download from ibm.com/db2/labchats shortly before the webcast starts.
DB2 Chat with the Lab is a free webinar series from the IBM labs.
The chat is recorded and available for replay. Here are some previous chats you may be interested in:
Flashbook: Big Data Analytics by Dr. Arvind Sathi About the Book: Big
Data Analytics is a popular topic. While everyone has heard stories
of new Silicon Valley valuation bubbles and critical shortage of data
scientists, there are equal number of concerns – Will it take away my
current organization or investment? How do I integrate my Data Warehouse
and Business Intelligence with Big Data? How do I get started, so I can
show some results? What are the skills required? What happens to data
governance? Unlike many other Big Data Analytics blogs and books, this
book presents a practitioner’s viewpoint. It identifies the demand for
Big Data Analytics, its engineering components and what happens on the
production floor. In doing so, it respects the large investments in
Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence and shows both evolutionary and
revolutionary ways of moving forward to the new brave world of Big
book discusses three perspectives on Big Data Analytics. First, why is
Big Data Analytics becoming so important and what can we do with it.
It presents major trends behind the rise of Big Data and shows typical
use cases tackled by Big Data Analytics – where leading organizations
are already seeing major benefits in using Big Data Analytics. Second,
it lists major components of Big Data Analytics - Unstructured Data
Analytics, Massively Parallel Processing, Adaptive Real-time and
Predictive Modeling, Data Privacy Management, Data Visualization, and
Ontologies. It shows how these components work together to provide an
integrated engine that can combine Big Data with traditional Data
Warehouse and Business Intelligence to provide an overall solution.
Third, it provides a glimpse at implementation concerns and how they
must be tackled. How do we combine various components, which are running
at different velocities and volumes? How do we get structured
information out of unstructured data and combine with other structured
data? How do we provide governance across this data, when the
originating data may have varying quality or privacy constraints? How
do we embark on an implementation road map in a systematic way to show
results as we go and build skill level and momentum for Big Data
Analytics in our organization?
Monday October 22, 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. IOD Bookstore, Bayside Foyer; Session # 4243A in Smart Site.
the conference is over, a free e-version of the book will be available
for you to download. Follow my blog to ensure that you are one of the
first to know where you can download the book. Also attend this session by the author of this book:
Session # 3645A - Smarter Operations at Verizon - A Case Study - Tue, Oct 23, 2012; 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - South Seas J
Session # 1813A - Extreme Targeted Marketing: Micro Segmentation for Utilities and Cross-Industry Applications; Tue, Oct 23, 2012; 4:30 PM - 5:45 PM - South Pacific A
Join this IBM developerWorks Live! virtual technical briefing and
learn about Integrated Data Management solutions from IBM.
Better performance translates to greater revenue, greater customer
satisfaction, and greater ability to meet SLAs. Tired of the finger pointing
among staff when performance is an issue? Find out how you can create exception
monitoring metrics, track and measure performance indicators, and quickly
diagnose performance problems when they arise. Use IBM DB2 Performance Expert
and Extended Insight Feature to make the process easier and more efficient.
Flashbook: IBM DB2: The Past, Present and Future: 30 Years of Superior Innovation
by Surekha Parekh, Terry Purcell, John Campbell, Ruiping Li and Don Haderle About the book: Top
DB2 experts John Campbell and Terry Purcell have contributed to this
book, but as a special treat, we also managed to have Don Haderle - "The
FATHER of DB2" contribute to the book. This book is not only full of
RICH, TECHNICAL content but is will also be a "keepsake" for DB2 fans
for years. For further information on the 30th Anniversary details, see Surekha’s blog: New Book To be Launched at IBM Information On Demand: IBM DB2: The Past, Present and Future If you are attending the IBM Information on Demand Conference, get a free printed copy of this book at the Author Signing and Giveaway that is scheduled:
Monday October 22, 12:30 – 1:30 at bookstore
This is a limited edition book and limited copies will be printed so don't miss the book signing. After
the conference is over, a free e-version of the book will be available
for you to download. Follow my blog to ensure that you are one of the
first to know where you can download the book. Other sessions by these authors:
# 2032A - IBM DB2 for z/OS Migration: Query Performance Considerations
- Islander A; Tue, Oct 23, 2012; 8:15 AM - 9:30 AM
# 1723A - Application Best Practices and Recommendations Specific to
IBM DB2 for z/OS Data Sharing - Islander A; Tue, Oct 23, 2012; 11:15 AM -
# 4012A - IBM DB2 10 for z/OS Migration Planning and Experiences -
Part 1 - Islander A; Wed, Oct 24, 2012; 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
# 4013A - IBM DB2 10 for z/OS Migration Planning and Experiences -
Part 2 - Islander A; Wed, Oct 24, 2012; 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Session # 3942B BOF: IBM DB2 for z/OS and Tools: Ask the Experts Panel - South Pacific F; Wed, Oct 24, 2012; 6:15 PM - 7:15 PM
# 1840A - Protecting Your IBM DB2 for z/OS Assets With Effective
Backup and Recovery Strategies - Islander A; Thu, Oct 25, 2012; 8:15 AM -
Session # 1845A - Runstats Challenges for Optimal Query Performance - Islander B; Mon, Oct 22, 2012; 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
# 3922B BOF - New SQL Function and Performance in DB2 10 for z/OS -
Bayside Dining IM BoF Tables 5&6; Tue, Oct 23, 2012; 12:45 PM - 1:45
Session # 2049A - Do These IBM DB2 10 Optimizer Enhancements Apply to Me? - Islander B; Wed, Oct 24, 2012; 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
# 3923B BOF - Query Performance Challenges with DB2 10 for z/OS -
Bayside Dining IM BoF Tables 3&4; Wed, Oct 24, 2012; 1:15 PM - 2:15
# 2054A - The IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator Hands-On Learning Lab -
Shorelines B Lab Room 1; Thu, Oct 25, 2012; 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Session # 2991A - Social Business for IT Professionals: Career Enhancements - Islander B; Mon, Oct 22, 2012; 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
# 3921B BOF - IBM DB2 for z/OS e-Communities, Collaboration Groups
-Social Networking World - Bayside Dining IM BoF Tables 3&4; Tue,
Oct 23, 2012; 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
Are you feeling left out that you are back to work and NOT back to school like so many others? Take one of the the Self-Paced Virtual Classes (SPVC) trials for free and you'll be "back in school" too!
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Self-Paced Virtual Classes (SPVC) are recorded lectures, demonstrations and exercises that you can access on-demand. Meaning... you can take the class in the middle of the night if you like, wearing whatever you choose to wear, and wherever you choose to be (as long as you have high speed internet access! The classes are narrated by IBM classroom instructors.
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The trial courses include a portion of a real course that, depending on the course, includes instructor lecture, demonstrations, and exercises. The trial courses do not include access to the hands-on lab environments. However, a copy of the lab exercise books are included on the materials tab.
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Begin your study by reading the course content and to reinforce key concepts, you are challenged to multiple interactive online exercises.
Enjoy the free trial and if you like it... let me (and others) know!
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!
top 7 finalists of the DB2Night Show “DB2’s Got Talent” competition
presented today. And guess what we got? Another 7 great presentations
that were both entertaining and informative! The
last round of the competition ended up with 964 votes! Can we top that
in the next round? As a result of the votes, we’ve identified the top 4
and the bottom 3 ⇒ The judges will save 1 from the bottom 3 in this
show. Next week we’ll hear from the Top 5 as determined by your votes. So support these rising stars... listen, vote, and share! Here’s a summary of today’s show: Armando The Secret Armando
is a family man who plays chess and lives in Portugal. He’s been a DBA
for 12 years and was an Application Programmer before that. Great charts, but Armando ran out of time for his conclusion. Topic a bit too big for 5 minutes. Renu These tennis shots make me win my match in just 2 sets (1.5 hours) Renu is passionate about DB2 and would like to write a book about it at one time. She also loves tennis. Very creative SQL statements were demonstrated in her presentation: SQL from the battlefield. Perfect timing. Theme was great with helpful information. Ember Altering a Data Type: Two Different Methods Ember
is married with two children and lives in Denver. She has a blog and
will present at IDUG in Orlando this year for her first time! If you’ll
be there, you must plan to attend her talk! Perfect
timing; great story. Ember is very easy to listen to and presented a
relevant topic. The hints she provided in the presentation are very
valuable. Chris Restrictive Databases: It’s for Members Only Chris is married with 3 children. He became a DBA in the last year and is an avid reader. This presentation was about how you deal with some of the
nuances or snafus of restrictive databases, which are *not* public
by default. And how you use RBAC to help solve
Excellent tips provided! Great presentation; very professional. Sreeharsha Data Compression Sree Lives in India and has worked 2.5 years as a DBA on z/OS. He likes cooking and social media interaction. His presentation was entertaining and informative. He provided great tips and had perfect timing. Eric Improving Performance: Understanding isolation levels Eric is single and living in Brazil. He has a computer engineering degree and loves working with DB2. He also likes running. Great tips on optimizing performance through the careful choice of isolation levels. He
provided great examples to lead you through his tips. Perfect timing.
It was a complex topic, but presented perfectly in 5 minutes. Mohan How to Migrate the DB2 9.7 database from BCU D5100 Stack to ISAS 5600 V2Stack Mohan is married and living in the UK. He likes to go into detail with DB2 and is interested in writing articles and books. This
was a very complex topic: look at those acronyms! Mohan spoke very
fast and had amazing slides. Very thorough story presented. “How to”
tips with great examples. Perfect timing. Another great day filled with awesome presentations! Who will get the most votes this week? The judges chose to save Ember! Check out the great shows that are coming up. Make sure you block your calendar for all the shows you wish to attend... and remember, there are over 100 great episodes waiting for you to download and replay.
You've heard of IBM & Cloud Computing & Amazon.... what do the three have in common? For one, IBM & Amazon have joined together to bring you a FREE webinar about Cloud Computing.
DB2 database software running on Amazon EC2 lets you get the most out
of your IT budget . IBM and Amazon Web Services provide a lot of
flexibility for cloud computing, including free DB2 AMIs, low cost
by-the-hour production-ready DB2 AMIs, and the ability to bring your
existing DB2 licenses to the cloud.
Attend the event to learn more about DB2 AMIs and the
unique capabilities in DB2, including the new features in DB2 9.7 that make it
much easier to move applications from Oracle to DB2.
Even better.... attend the event and get $35 in Amazon Web Services credits to practice
everything you learned.
start your skills to build Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings.
selecting a combination of industry-leading IBM software running on Amazon Web
Services (AWS) allows you to focus all your resources on innovation instead of