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Conferences are ideal for learning and networking This year at IOD, a new tutorial series has been created to help you do both. These are full day tutorial sessions that you can take either Sunday November 3 or Thursday November 7. There are 3 tutorials you can choose from. Each is a full day in length and is taught by an industry expert who is influential in the topic area.
Here are the 3 that are scheduled at this time. There is an additional fee for each and there is only limited space so we expect them to fill to capacity quickly.
Data Governance Fundamentals with IBM InfoSphere
Sunday, November 3
Sunil is the author of numerous books on data governance, including The Data Governance Unified Process, Selling Information Governance to the Business and others.
Evolving your Information Architecture; What? Why? How?
Dr. Peter Aiken
Thursday, November 7
Dr. Peter Aiken is widely acclaimed as one of the top data management authorities worldwide. In addition to examining the data management practices of more than 500 organizations, he has completed multi-year immersions with a range of diverse organizations in multiple industries. His latest book is The Case for the Chief Data Officer: Recasting the C-Suite to Leverage your most Valuable Asset.
Big Data, Hadoop, and Big SQL; A Crash Course
Dr. Vladimir Bacvanski
Thursday, November 7
Dr. Vladimir Bacvanski has more than two decades of engineering experience with software and data technologies in areas such as architecture and design of mission critical enterprise systems, rule-based systems, modeling tools, real-time systems, and database technologies. Vladimir is published worldwide and is a frequent speaker at leading industry events. He was awarded the title of IBM Champion for five consecutive years -- 2009-2013.
For more information on the sessions and the speakers, see bit.ly/iodtutorials
How to register
Visit ibm.co/IODtutorials and click the blue register button. This brings you to the main Information on Demand Conference page where you can register for the conference and also the tutorials. (Please note that if you are an IBMer, you will not see this list.)
To attend these sessions, you must be registered for the Information on Demand Conference. You can select the tutorial options you would like to attend as an add-on to your conference pass as part of the conference registration.. If you are already registered for the conference, then please contact the Registration / Housing line at 770-359-6591 to add one or more of these sessions to your conference registration.
Here is the screen to look for on the registration page:
Watch for coming blog entries that will describe sessions that you can choose to take while at the conference.
Earlier I posted a blog about the DB2 10 Certification Tutorials for Fundamentals Exam 610
that are being published on developerWorks. There is also a series of
tutorials that are being published to help you pass Exam 611- DB2 for
Linux, UNIX, and Windows DBA.
I’ll update this post as more tutorials are published. Here is what is available now:
(Update Feb 7: Part 2, Physical Design; Dec 6: Part 7, Security now available.)
DB2 10.1 DBA for Linux, UNIX, and Windows certification exam 611 prep, Part 2: Physical designMohamed Obide, Consulting IT Specialist, IBMAnas Mosaad, IT Specialist, IBMAdel El-Metwally, IT Specialist, IBMMohamed El-Bishbeashy, IT Specialist, IBMSummary:
This tutorial discusses the creation of IBM DB2® databases, as well as
various methods used for placing and storing objects within a database.
This tutorial focuses on partitioning, compression, and XML, which are
all important performance and application development concepts you need
to store and access data quickly and efficiently. This tutorial is
second in a series of eight that you can use to help you prepare for the
DB2 10.1 DBA for Linux®, UNIX®, and Windows® certification exam 611.
The material in this tutorial primarily covers the objectives in Section
2 of the exam.
DB2 10.1 DBA for Linux, UNIX, and Windows certification exam 611 prep, Part 3: Business rules implementation
Ramalingam Srinivasan, DB2 LUW Consultant, IBM
This tutorial is designed to introduce you to the skills you must
possess to implement business rules in a DB2 database environment. This
tutorial will also help you prepare for Section 3 of the DB2 10.1 for
Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration certification exam
DB2 10.1 DBA for Linux, UNIX, and Windows certification exam 611 prep, Part 4: Monitoring DB2 activity
Mohamed Soliman, IT Specialist, IBM
tutorial introduces you to the set of monitoring tools that are
available with DB2 10.1 and to show you how each is used to monitor how
well (or how poorly) your database system is operating. This is the
fourth tutorial in a of eight that you can use to help prepare for Part 4
of the DB2 10.1 DBA for Linux, UNIX, and Windows certification exam 611.
DB2 10.1 DBA for Linux, UNIX, and Windows certification exam 611 prep, Part 5: DB2 utilities
Mohamed El-Bishbeashy, IT Specialist, IBM
skills that help you to properly manage your DB2 database servers. This
is the fifth in a series of eight tutorials to help you prepare for the
DB2 10.1 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration (Exam 611).
DB2 10.1 DBA for Linux, UNIX, and Windows certification exam 611 prep, Part 7: Security
Piotr Pruski, Technical Enablement Specialist, IBM
Andre Albuquerque, Technical Enablement Specialist, IBM
This tutorial introduces the concepts of authentication, authorities,
privileges, audit facility, trusted context, RCAC, and LBAC as they
relate to DB2® 10. It is the seventh in a series of tutorials designed
to help you prepare for the DB2 10.1 for Linux®, UNIX®, and Windows®
Database Administration (exam 611). You should have basic knowledge of
database concepts and operating system security.
DB2 10.1 DBA for Linux, UNIX, and Windows certification exam 611 prep, Part 8: Connectivity and networking
Darliene Hopes, DB2 Solution Migration Consultant, IBM
tutorial is created to provide you with the process of configuring
communications and the processes of cataloging databases, remote servers
(nodes), and Database Connection Services (DCS) databases. You will
also get introduced to DB2 Discovery and learn how to manage connections
to System z and System i host databases. You will also learn about
Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP). This tutorial prepares you
for Part 8 of the DB2 10.1 DBA for Linux, UNIX, and Windows
certification exam 611.
Here are a few other blog entries about Certification that I recommend:
DB2 10 Certification Tutorials for Fundamentals Exam 610
Certification Offer: Assess & Save, until Dec 14, 2012
Three DB210 for LUW Certification Exams are now available
A new way to study for DB2 Certifications
Get Certified at the IBM Information on Demand Conference
How to Prepare to Pass a DB2 Certification Exam?
DB2 10 for z/OS Certification Roles, Exams and Study Materials
Certification Study Guides for DB2 LUW Exams
DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX and Windows: Certification Roles and Exams
Certifications: Beyond DB2
Certification Tips on the DB2Night Show
Web-based Training Courses to Consider
Certification Promotions and Discounts
Write because you have knowledge that you want to share with others, and by
doing so, you may benefit from getting recognized for your talents through a
higher profile within your company, or a promotion. If you’ve spent your
education and career focused on developing strong and deep technical skills,
learning how to write well can make you stand above your peers.
If you think about all the famous scientists throughout time, they all
published. I’m currently listening to “The Origin of Species”
by Charles Darwin and find it enjoyable and very easy to follow even
though this is not my area of expertise. To me that is the sign of a great
writer: to write so that people outside of the field can understand the topic.
I found this website, 25 Great Books By Legendary Scientists, that lists a few more
books in the same genre that may lead to the conclusion that these scientists
became famous as a result of their writing! If they had never written, would we
have heard of them?
OK, you may not become famous (or rich) as a result of writing an article or
book about your field, but it might bring you some satisfaction and others a
deeper level of understanding in your area of expertise.
Two prolific authors in the IM – DB2 area who I think have raised their
profiles via writing are Roger Sanders and Paul Zikopoulos. Both are very talented, but with their
writing, they are seen as being leaders in their fields.
In my current assignment for developerWorks
I’m working as the acquisitions editor for IM content. I’m receiving many
proposals for articles. Believe me, there are many people who want to write
about DB2 and other IM products, and for that I am very happy. I do, however,
see varying levels of quality. My attempt with this post is to give some
guidance to anyone who is interested as to how to improve their skill as a
writer. It is a skill that can be learned, so don’t fool yourself into thinking
that if you don’t have an English degree that you are incapable of improving
this skill. And also, don’t let the fact that English is your second language
stop you from trying to improve your skills. I work with many authors who are
not native to English and would like to single out Martin Oberhofer and Matthias Nicola as two such people who are excellent writers
despite being native German speakers. How did they do it? I bet they’d both
say that it was hard work!
So, here’s what I think you should consider as you plan, write, and edit:
1. Schedule time to write. If you wait until you’re “in
the mood to write”, you’ll never get anything done! Set goals for how much you
want to accomplish and move to another section if one is causing you grief.
Reward yourself as targets are reached.
2. Have a strong outline before you start to write. I know it sounds
cliché, but the more up front planning you do, the easier the writing will be.
Even for technical documents, you should “tell a story”. Have a
beginning, say a problem that needs to be solved; a middle, the search for a
solution; and an end, a strong conclusion. Choose an interesting topic
that is not routine, found in the manuals, or elsewhere in developerWorks.
3. Let some personality show through in the writing. There are some cases
where dry, factual writing is required, but where it’s not, let the writing be
conversational or slightly casual to be of interest to the reader.
Always think of your reader. Even if the writing is just for a
school paper, the last thing you want to do is to bore the reader so that the
ending is never reached.
4. Diagrams and tables are useful, but ONLY if they are tied tightly
with the text. Don’t put them there just for filler because they’ll
never be looked at. The best idea is to add reference numbers to the diagrams
and have text to lead the reader from one point to the next. If that sounds
like too much work, maybe the diagram isn’t really needed.
5. No one’s writing is perfect… every author needs to review and
revise their work many times. Most authors get quite tired of reading
what they’ve written by the time it is “finished”.
To make revision as easy as possible, I suggest that each time you go
through your draft, look for one specific thing at a time. For
instance, the first time through, check that you are using the active voice
instead of passive. Next, go through and look to make sure headings and lists
use parallel wording. Next, look for words that are commonly spelled
incorrectly that will not be caught by a spell checker. And so on.
6. For everyone, but especially if you are English-second language,
consider reading the text out loud or have the computer read it
to you. You may be able to hear problems in the wording easier than you can
read them. Also, look at past comments you’ve received on writing
assignments. Likely you often make the same errors every time you write, so pay
close attention to how your previous errors were corrected, and go through your
document to specifically focus on improving these problem areas. Learn
from your mistakes!
7. There are a lot more details that will help you, so I encourage you to
get a copy of Roger Sanders'
book, From Idea to Print: How to Write a Technical Book or
Article and Get It Published.
8. If you’re writing a technical document, your goal is not to make it
“beautiful”… your goal is clarity. You want to ensure that
anyone who reads what you’ve written understands your technical messages.
9. Get others to review your draft, but don’t take feedback about your
writing as an insult about you personally. If you do, you’ll never be able to
write. Not many people can write a first draft that is perfect… but with
many revisions and attention to feedback you can get as close
to perfection as possible.
10. Size matters. There are different ways to present your
content. Is it an article (average 10 pages or fewer when printed), a tutorial
(average 20 to 30 pages when printed), a white paper, a series of articles with
a constant theme, or a book? For developerWork’s definitions of articles,
tutorials and knowledge paths see: A
step-by-step guide for authors to create articles, tutorials, and knowledge
paths for publication on developerWorks. White papers are typically
for research purposes and books are typically 250 pages.
Many of my tips were adapted from tips found in Roger Sanders’ book
“From Idea to Print: How to Write a Technical Book or Article and
Get It Published”. This book covers everything that you need
to know & do in order to get an article or book published. Becoming
a writer isn’t nearly as difficult as you think, but it does take
Other resources to consider:
- If you want to get ahead and achieve the most from your technical talents,
learn from Sam Lightstone’s book “Making it Big in Software”, that one of the best ways to get a
promotion is to do something that makes you stand out from your peers. Publish,
file patents, join groups, present about your topics, etc. Do what you like to
do and what makes you feel appreciated. Writing and presenting will make you an
instant expert in a topic and will make you stand out.
There was lots of advice in Sam’s book about getting a promotion and rising
in your field, but the one thing that stood out for me is that you should become
the expert in YOUR DOMAIN. Whatever that domain is... become an expert. It
doesn't take long, but unfortunately it is rarely done. So, it would be fairly
easy to stand above your peers if you just invested a bit of time each month to
learn something new about your domain.
- Developing Quality Technical Information: A Handbook for Writers
and Editors, 2nd Edition
- By Gretchen
Kilty Hernandez, Polly
- Direct from IBM's own documentation experts, this is the definitive guide to
developing outstanding technical documentation--for the Web and for print. Using
extensive before-and-after examples, illustrations, and checklists, the authors
show exactly how to create documentation that's easy to find, understand, and
use. This edition includes extensive new coverage of topic-based information,
simplifying search and retrievability, internationalization, visual
effectiveness, and much more.
- IBM Style Guide, The: Conventions for Writers and
- By Francis
- The IBM Style Guide distills IBM wisdom for developing superior
content: information that is consistent, clear, concise, and easy to translate.
The IBM Style Guide can help any organization improve and standardize
content across authors, delivery mechanisms, and geographic locations. This
expert guide contains practical guidance on topic-based writing, writing content
for different media types, and writing for global audiences.
If you have a subscription to Books 24x7 or Safari Books Online, you should
be able to access all four of these books in electronic format. If you choose
to purchase a copy, purchase the IBM Press books directly from the publisher and
get 35% off by using this code at the FINAL CHECKOUT:
IBMEXPERIENCE. There is also an ebundle and video enhanced to get all three books at a special price.
Keep your technical skills up to par, but go the extra step and learn
how to wow the world with your knowledge through writing!
I’ve been a fan and a contributor of developerWorks since it first began. I’m gaining a whole new
appreciation for this major competitive advantage: I’m a temporary member of
the dW team while one of the brilliant editors is on a leave. I must say, I
have huge shoes to fill, but I’m lucky that the team surrounding me is very
I want to share with you some of what I’ve learned in the past week and
encourage you to “live” on the dW site!
Stay in touch
Are you following developerWorks on twitter? – More than 57,000 are following,
so if you’re not, start following so you can also benefit from the information
Ditto for developerWorks on Facebook: Get information and join the
The developerWorks newsletter has world-wide coverage, plus local
editions in Russia, Korea, Japan, China and Brazil. Subscribe and you’ll find a
list of the articles that were most read in the past week as well as a spotlight
on new content that the dW team thought you’d find valuable.
In this week’s edition you’ll find a link to the 2012 Tech Trends Survey. Take the survey and watch for the
resulting report: what are people most interested in technology-wise, right
Become a member of the developerWorks community
If you have not already done so, register and create a developerWorks profile. It will enable you to connect and
collaborate with other developers and to use any of the applications available
to members of the developerWorks community, including blogs, wikis, groups, file
sharing, activities, and bookmarks. If you’re an author, you can be notified
and when a reader leaves a comment on your article. You can learn more about
these applications and how to use them to become a vital member of the
developerWorks community at http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/xml/community/newto/index.html.
Write an Article
Do you have a deep technical article that you want to publish about an IBM
product, industry trend or another technical topic? A good choice is to publish
on developerWorks so it can be reach a very larger audience. Submit your
proposals here and have the opportunity to work directly with one of our editors
to get it published! developerWorks has an audience of more than 4 million
unique monthly users so this is a great way to get lots of exposure!
Interested? Send in a proposal.
Check out the content wish list to get some ideas on what you could write
You can also receive professional recognition for your developerWorks
publishing achievements. See the IBM developerWorks Author Achievement Recognition Program for
Should you write an article or blog entry?
As you can see, if you are a member of the developerWorks community, you have
many options for sharing information. The obvious choices for sharing content
is either via a blog or an article. My blog is on developerWorks and I’m very
pleased to have the opportunity to share my thoughts on a variety of subjects,
whenever I choose. Which should you choose? I found this information Articles vs Blogs - Are They the Same? that may help you make
- Articles can vary greatly in their length, usually consisting of anywhere
between 500 and 2,000 (or more!) words.
- Articles are often meant to inform and are more formal in their
- Articles are detailed, informative, and fact-based.
- Blogs are shorter and are usually 200 – 500 words in length.
- Blogs are more casual and provide a great way to personally connect with
- Blogs provide a personal, inside point of view.
- Blogs are (expected to be) updated more frequently than articles.
Find valuable content on developerWorks
Whenever I spend time on developerWorks, I’m awed at the sheer volume of
content that is available. Beyond articles and blogs, you can find free
downloads, tutorials for preparing for certification exams, resources for people
new to this area of technology, information about bootcamps, best practices,
migration toolkit, DBA central, technical briefings, skills e-kits, e-books, and
a variety of demos.
All this content is free! Can you think of a better place to go for valuable
OK, I thought I had produced a pretty good list of free resources, but of course, as soon as I post, I realize that I’ve forgotten to mention some really key resources. Let me try again and hope that I don’t miss anything else! (Of course if I do… please tell me!!)
PlanetDB2.com – Allow us to filter through all the blogs that are on the web to bring you only the bloggers that talk about our favourite subject: DB2, InfoSphere, Warehouse, and other Information Management technologies.
ChannelDB2.com – The single largest community of people working on DB2 and Information Management products, world-wide. You’ll be able to build your network of professionals who work in your country or who are interested in the same technology as you. The best feature is the incredibly large selection of videos of people presenting about this products. Once in awhile, save your eyes and tune into these videos.
DB2Express-C – Maybe you’ve just heard of DB2 or maybe you use a competitor’s product. No worries… give DB2 a try for free. Find out for yourself how easy it is to learn and how much better it is than the product you may be using.
Information Center – Perhaps I’m biased since I worked for 6 years on the Information Development team that produces product documentation, but I really think you’ll find the completeness and the quality of this information to be outstanding. All of the information is online, for every release, for free, and is updated regularly. The benefit of the content being online is that you can search and easily find the information you need.
developerWorks – You’ll find more articles, blogs, tutorials and other training resources than you could possibly consume in a lifetime! The link I’ve provided is for the DB2 Professional Community, but you’ll be able to find technical information about all IBM software products. Endless :)
MeetDB2 – One of the interesting things you’ll find on developerWorks is this utility that will help you analyze your Oracle database to estimate the level of compatibility with DB2. My link will take you to an article written by Serge Rielau that will help you understand how the utility works, and it provides a link the utility.
Read through my previous blog entries for more free or almost free resources:
Not quite free….
DB2Night Show - DB2 for z/OS
One thing about IBM is that there is NO shortage of options for you to choose to increase your skills and learn about IBM products and technologies! You can find options that are free and easily accessible to custom designed courses to suit the specific learning needs of your employees.
Why are there so many options? Learning is one of the most important things you will do in your lifetime and is something that you do from the day you are born until you die. We don't all learn the same way though, so having a choice of options is very important so that you can find the learning method that is best for you.
Here are articles and white papers that I've read that emphasize the importance of continued learning:
Whitepaper The Value of Training
shows that by cutting skills development and training budgets in the hopes of improving gross margins will cause higher attrition, higher support costs, and the risk of falling behind in technological advances.
Whitepaper DBA Certification: Is It Worth It?
by Howard Fosdick
compares the costs to the benefits of earning a DBA certification. This white paper is a few years old, but the message is still valid.
Article "Is certification valuable, or not? We have the definitive answer
by Linda Musthaleris
says that companies need high-functioning teams that are able to transform and grow the business like never before. These teams consist of highly skilled professionals who have current and relevant knowledge. Certifications are designed to encourage people to keep learning and then to validate their skills.
Here is a list of the learning options that are available for the Information Management products and technologies.
- Many choices are available ... many are free, but you can also read books on electronic reading devices such as Kindle. See my blog entry "The Year of the e-Book
- The PDF versions can be downloaded for free and books are available for a very wide range of topics. See the IBM Redbooks web page
and my blog entry
with a few IBM Redbook recommendations.
White papers - A white paper is an authoritative report or guide that often addresses problems and how to solve them. White papers are used to educate readers and help people make decisions. For a list of whitepapers, google search "db2 whitepapers".
Instructor-Led Training (ITL)
classes are traditional classroom courses where students are in the same room as the instructor who guides the students through classroom material and hands-on lab exercises. Students are able to interact with fellow students and the instructor and are provided with printed course material.
Instructor-Led Online (ILO)
classes are equivalent to ILT classes in terms of classroom material, labs, instructor and fellow students, only you won't need to leave your home or office as you will connect to the classroom via your computer. See my blog entry about ILO classes
Self-Paced Virtual Classes (SPVC)
are for students who don't need the instructor or don't want to be tied to a class schedule. These classes are typically lower priced than ILO or ILT classes meaning that you save on travel and tuition costs. Content, labs and instructors are the same as ILO and ILT classes, but it is recorded so the class can be taken at your pace, where and when you want it. See my blog entry about SPVC.
Web-Based Training (WBT)
are standalone courses on the web that provide 6-8 hours of instruction. These are typically voice over power-point format.
are available for companies that want training to take place on their premises with course material that is taken from multiple existing courses and changed to suit specific needs.
Just a reminder that I will cover this information and more in my upcoming webcast - Feb 12 at 11 am EST on The DB2Night Show Episode #12
- "The Wild Wonderful World of DB2 Resources
I subscribe to many newsletters and was reading through them this week..... the one that caught my attention the most was this:5 surefire ways to get fired by Denise Dubie
I don't want to get fired... and I'm sure most of you don't either! So, reading the article I found that one of the best ways to KEEP your job is by continually growing your skills! I can give plenty advice as to how you can grow your skills... and not all of them require a great deal of time or money!
I've blogged about how to get certified many times. The only thing I want to add at this point is that you can use the path to get certified as a roadmap for building skills. You will learn a lot but will also have validation that your skills are up to par by passing one or more certification exams. For further information on how to start, see my blog entry "Certification 101"
. To make it even more cost effective for you to get certified, we have Certification Days where exams are offered half price
, and a Try it Again offer
that allows you to retry your exam if you failed to pass. In my opinion, getting a certification is the FASTEST and most COST-EFFECTIVE way to build skills... bar none!
Travel is expensive, so take a look at the new way to take an IBM class where you choose the time, place, and best of all, no travel involved! Self-paced Virtual Classe
s are one option, ILO
classes are another. Right now, you can take a free SPVC
to see how it works.
Another very cost-effective way to build skills. You can buy a printed book, read a book online, borrow from a library... whatever works for you. There is a wide selection of books available... that cover just about every topic imaginable. For the entire list of books that we have available for Information Management topics, see either DB2 in Books
or IM Bookstore
. The online engines where you can read books are Books 24x7 or Safari Books Online. You can read more about these options in my blog entry
OK... a conference is very expensive... but is it really? If you factor in all that you get when you attend a conference, you may find that it is very cost-effective. The IOD conference has free certification exams, 400 technical sessions, demos... not to mention networking! See Kate's blog for a series of entries about the IOD conference
. Another option is to attend a virtual conference. I don't know of any that are scheduled at this moment...but when I learn about one, I'll blog about it. Sure it is quite different than attending a conference in person in a city away from your home / office, but it still provides some training, demos, and networking, but is usually free to attend.
So, please! Don't get fired because you've let your skills stagnate! Keep up to date with the many options that are available to you!
I've just returned to the office from summer vacation and enjoyed unpacking the books that were sent to me - all three published through IBM Press this summer:
1) Viral Data in SOA: An Enterprise Pandemic
by Neil Fishman
If you are attending the IOD Conference
, be sure to meet Neil and have him sign your copy of the book. Neil will be at the IOD Bookstore on Monday, October 26 from 1:30 - 2:30.
Neil is an information forensics expert and his book will help you identify the unique challenges of data quality in an SOA environment and show you how to implement solutions that deliver the best results for the long term at the lowest cost.
2) Understanding IBM SOA Foundation Suite - Learning Visually with Examples
by Tinny Ng
, Jane Fung
, Laura Chan
, and Vivian Mak
Tinny, Jane, Laura and Vivian are technical specialists at the Toronto Lab and have used their inside expertise to pull together 26 video tutorials and sample code to help you master IBM SOA Software including IBM Rational Software Architect, IBM Rational Application Developer, IBM WebSphere Application Server, IBM WebSphere Service Registry and Repository, IBM WebSphere Integration Developer, IBM WebSphere Process Server, IBM WebSphere Message Broker, BIM WebSphere Portlet Factory, IBM WebSphere Portal, and IBM Tivoli Federated Identify Manager! Whew... that was a lot to type, and a lot to learn. This book makes it easy for you to learn this incredible suite of software in the quickest and easiest manner possible.
3) DB2 pureXML Cookbook: Master the Power of the IBM Hybrid Data Server
by Matthias Nicola
and Pav Kumar-Chatterjee
If you are attending the IOD Conference, be sure to meet Matthias and have
him sign your copy of the book. Matthias will be at the IOD Bookstore on Wednesday, October 28 from 1:30 - 2:30.
Matthias is a leading developer in the SVL Lab and Pav is a support analyst. Together they have combined their expertise to bring you 700 examples that cover the entire application lifecycle. You can easily adapt these examples to use in your environment. Learn and apply... the objectives of this book!
If you are at the IOD conference
, you can buy these books at the conference discount. If you are not attending, here are some special offers that you should consider:
Save 35% on select titles at the IBM Press Bookstore
IBM Press is pleased to offer several new books as well as some of
our most popular Information Management titles at a very attractive 35% discount. In addition, IBM Press is offering FREE ground shipping for
all orders in the US. Simply enter coupon code INFOMGMT during checkout
to receive your discount.
Remember that ALL IBM Press titles are available in electronic format so that you can purchase an online version to read or search rather than buying a printed copy.
Enjoy these books! If you have a comment about any of them... consider posting your opinions publicly.
As a follow-on to yesterday's blog entry The Year of Change
, I'd like to point out some additional resources in the areas of high availability and pureXML:High availability High Availability Feature in DB2 9 for Linux UNIX and Windows
This Web site lists the main features of DB2 which include high availability High Availability Guide for DB2
(Book)This book provides an easy-to-read, illustrated way to learn about high availability concepts and configuration. However, it does not provide much information about high availability of clusters. High Availability and Scalability Guide for DB2 on Linux, UNIX, and Windows
(IBM Redbooks, html and pdf)This guide provides an in-depth and detailed analysis of DB2 high availability features, including high availability for clusters. This book describes DB2 UDB Version 8.2 and therefore does not showcase the many improvements made in DB2 9 to simplify configuration. DB2 9 DBA exam 731 prep, Part 6: High availability: Backup and recovery
(Tutorial)This tutorial is part of the educational materials related to high availability that are part of DB2 certification education materials. It provides a concise summary of the key benefits and uses of the backup and restore utilities. DB2 9 DBA exam 731 prep, Part 7: High availability: Split mirroring and HADR
(Tutorial)This tutorial is part of the educational materials related to high availability that are part of DB2 certification education materials. It provides a concise summary of how to implement a split mirroring implementation.pureXML DB2 pureXML technology
(Product Web site)This is the main DB2 product Web site for pureXML. Information Management and XML technology developerWorks domain
(IBM community Web site)This is the main developerWorks Web site from which you can access articles, online tutorials, and other technical resources about DB2 and XML standards and technologies. IBM DB2 9 pureXML Guide
(IBM Redbooks, html and pdf)This IBM Redbooks publication describes the pureXML data store, hybrid database design, and administration. It explains what XML schemas are, how to use industry standards to implement them, and how to manage XML schemas. It covers how to use SQL/XML, XQuery, and XPath for querying XML data by providing easy-to-understand examples and how to use XML technology efficiently in business applications. Get started with XPath
(Tutorial)This tutorial introduces the W3C standard XPath Version 1.0. This tutorial is intended for people who do not know XPath or who want a refresher. If you plan to use XSLT, you should take this tutorial first. You will learn what XPath is, what the syntax and semantics of the XPath language are, how to use XPath location paths, how to use XPath expressions, how to use XPath functions, and how XPath relates to XSLT. DB2 9: pureXML Overview and Fast Start
by Cynthia Saracco
, Don Chamberlin
, Rav Ahuja
(IBM Redbooks, html and pdf)This IBM Redbooks publication provides a concise introduction to pureXML, with short, precise examples and explanations that provide a distilled version of the knowledge essential to start working with pureXML. This book is a compilation of many of the IBM published articles on pureXML. Native XML support in DB2
(White paper, pdf)This white paper provides a technical overview of XML support in DB2 products. It explains how XML data has been stored in relational database systems in the past using data type mappings and explains the limitations of these approaches. It then introduces the concept of pureXML and what it means for XML data to be stored natively within a database. It explains the benefits of this approach and how this implementation can be complemented with features such as XML indexes, a full XQuery language, SQL/XML, XML schema support, and utilities that support the bulk loading of XML data. pureXML in DB2 9: Which way to query your XML data?
(Article)This intermediate-level article discusses DB2 pureXML support and compares the two methods by which you can query XML data in a DB2 database: SQL/XML and XQuery. By providing examples, this article explains the relationship between these two query access language syntaxes, the circumstances in which each method is preferred, the benefits of using each independently, and the use of them together to perform more complex queries. pureXML wiki
(Wiki)This Web site contains links to numerous articles, demos, webcasts, and other information about DB2 pureXML published by IBM and other parties Alphaworks DB2 pureXML download and demo site
(Download)This Web site contains industry-specific DB2 pureXML software offerings and resources. DeveloperWorks DB2 pureXML forum
(Forum)This DeveloperWorks forum is one of the fastest ways to get any pureXML questions answered.
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