Do you ever wonder what kind of gadgets will be invented in the near future and how they'll impact our daily lives? IBM held a LiveJam last year for all employees and has published the 5 top ideas discussed by employees in an article called Next Five in Five.
The top five ideas are:
* We will be able to access healthcare remotely, from just about anywhere in the world * Real-time speech translation-once a vision only in science fiction-will become the norm * There will be a 3-D Internet * Technologies the size of a few atoms will address areas of environmental importance * Our mobile phones will come close to reading our minds
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The first tutorial in the DB2 9 Application Development 733 certification prep series is now available.
DB2 9 Application Development exam 733 prep, Part 1: Database objects and programming methodsGet an introduction to the different types of database objects and programming methods. The material in this tutorial primarily covers the objectives in Section 1 of the exam, entitled "Database objects and programming methods."
This one was authored by Clara Liu who you may recognize as one of the authors of the Understanding DB2: Learning Visually with Examples book. Pass Exam 733 (and its prerequisite) earns you the IBM Certified Application Developer certification, which confirms that you are an intermediate or advanced level DB2 application developer and shows that you have strong skills in all common programming tasks as well as embedded SQL programming, ODBC/CLI programming, or Java programming.
The series will consist of nine free tutorials and is designed to help you prepare for Exam 733. Each tutorial includes a link to a free DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows trial download. These tutorials provide a solid base for each section of the exam. However, you should not rely on these tutorials as your only preparation for the exam.
After a quick registration, you can begin a tutorial. Each tutorial should take about an hour to complete. You can take the tutorials online, or download a PDF.
Other tutorials in this series will follow very soon, and include:
* DB2 9 Application Development exam 733 prep, Part 2: Data manipulation* DB2 9 Application Development exam 733 prep, Part 3: XML data manipulation* DB2 9 Application Development exam 733 prep, Part 4: Embedded SQL programming* DB2 9 Application Development exam 733 prep, Part 5: ODBC/CLI programming* DB2 9 Application Development exam 733 prep, Part 6: .NET programming* DB2 9 Application Development exam 733 prep, Part 7: Java programming* DB2 9 Application Development exam 733 prep, Part 8: Advanced programming* DB2 9 Application Development exam 733 prep, Part 9: User-defined routines
Unfortunately at this point, we have no plans to update the Certification Study Guides to support this exam. I'm hoping that will change and will let you know if it does.
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Living in Canada, I'm often sent offers to purchase books online at a discount... only to find that I must pay for the book in US dollars and then pay a shipping fee that can easily double the price of the book. Have you encountered this issue as well?
Amazon has done an amazing job of populating the world with local bookstore choices, so I tend to go to amazon.ca or chapters.ca to buy books, but shipping fees aren't always waived through these sites.
To help those of us outside of the US, I worked with the local publishing representatives from Pearson Education to set up bookstores where you can buy books in your own currency, with low or no shipping fees. We have websites for Canada and EMEA, and local contacts for many other countries. You can get to any of the local information from the International tab on our bookstore site: ibm.com/software/data/education/bookstore.
My team has created flyers and business cards to help promote these websites, so don't be surprised if this information is presented to you multiple times:)
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DB2 Magazine has put together a list of electronic books that you can view for free. The content is displayed in a format that is easy to read with plenty of graphics. You can choose from the following topics:
XML FOR JAVA DEVELOPERSDB2 9 introduced powerful XML management capabilities. Download this new e-book from DB2 Magazine to find out how the techniques you use every day can help you put that power to work. You'll learn XML programming tips for Java developers, see detailed Java application examples, and get a recap of all the new features and functions that ease Java development.
TAKING AIM AT PERFORMANCE PROBLEMSStop wasting time on hit-or-miss tuning exercises. Event monitors and snapshots show you exactly where to point your efforts.
SPOTLIGHT ON XMLDB2 9's "pureXML" technology introduces powerful XML management capabilities. Here's how to use the skills you already have to put that power to work.
APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT OPTIONS: PERL, PHP, AND REXXWhen it comes to Development, DB2 is open to all options. IBM's commitment to open, standards-based interfaces and its support for a range of tools mean that developers can build DB2 applications with the tools and programming languages they like.
This special e-book presents DB2-specific code, tips, and techniques for working with three increasingly popular choices: Perl, PHP and Rexx.
DEVELOPING DB2 APPLICATIONS: THE PLATFORM CHOICE IS YOURSWhen it comes to application development, Java junkies and .Net devotees may never see eye to eye. If they're developing for DB2, they don’t have to. DB2 UDB v.8.2 shipped earlier this year with something for every developer, regardless of platform preference. This must-read e-book highlights the latest in DB2 application development, with platform-specific examples, expert guidance, and more.
BRIDGING THE ISLANDSNow you can connect Informix data with other corporate information. The result? An impressive enterprise view.
DB2 UDB THE AUTONOMIC COMPUTING ADVANTAGEGetting the most from today's complex database systems is a challenge. Learn how self-managing capabilities in DB2 UDB v.8.2 do some of the work for you.
THE BIG LEAGUESIn this special e-book for Informix customers, you'll read how businesses are using the new release of Informix Dynamic Server, how Informix technology is finding its niche in the IBM world, and what IBM's Janet Perna says about the future of Informix at IBM.
THE PERFORMANCE DIARIESThis special e-book, compiled from three installments of Robert Catterall’s popular DB2 DBA column, brings you all the instructions you'll need to find these details and put them to use in your tuning efforts.
OPEN THE THROTTLE: Tuning DB2 UDB v.8.1In this three-part series, database performance engineer Roger E. Sanders explains the seven tuning rules every DBA should know and gives a platform-specific guide to getting the best performance from your DB2 UDB implementation. Portable e-book format!
ON DEMAND: Real Companies, Real BenefitsA special editorial section for CEOs, CTOs, technology-focused executives and managers, and anyone interested in IBM's on-demand concept. These brief articles showcase real companies reaping real benefits from the information-on-demand approach — an infrastructure for getting the right information to the right person at the exact moment it's needed.
Thanks to Kim and the rest of the staff at DB2 Magazine for pulling together relevant documents such as this!
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Securing data in a database has always been an important topic, but with the recent events with customer's personal information ending up in the hands of the wrong people I would say that having a security plan is top priority on every DBA's mind.
Rebecca Bond and her team's book Understanding DB2 9 Security is a must read for any DBA, regardless of the product that they support. Much of the book covers sound techniques that should be followed to ensure proper protection of precious data.
I read much of the book while it was being written.... and I must say that the authors have succeeded in making this topic readable... and as the cover mentions... understandable. Yesterday when I spoke to Grant Hutchison who is in the middle of reading the book, he stressed that the parts he's read so far are so well written that he thinks the style should be used to describe many other topics as well.
Fred Sobotko of FRS Consulting has also read the book and put a very favourable review in his blog.
Today I noticed that an excerpt of chapter 2 can be found on SearchDataManagement.com. Chapter 2 is entitled "The Starting Point" and describes very eloquently how having a security plan can help a company achieve success in their business.
If you've had a chance to read this book, and liked it, please let your opinion be known! Amazon.com is a wonderful place to put customer reviews that get read and actually help people decide which book to buy.
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I just started reading the IOD BlogCentral Site today on the recommendation of Grant Hutchison.
The various blogs within IOD BlogCentral can be found at this site and they are updated by various IBM product managers, technical architects, marketing managers and strategists. The blogs typically discuss the key issues and market trends across Information Management. As with any blog, you are able to participate by making a comment.
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The good news is that Roger Sanders has just completed the manuscript for the Exam 730 Study Guide. The bad news is that it won't be published until May, just in time for the IDUG NA Conference in San Jose. By the way, Roger will also be running his extremely popular and well-received crammer course at the IDUG NA conference as well. See the conference agenda for information.
I've known Roger since 1997 when he first began writing retail books for DB2. In the past 10 years, Roger has been successful at writing numerous books, redbooks, articles, tutorials and ebooks. By far, the most prolific author I know... although Paul Zikopoulos is a close rival :)
I recommend Roger's publications for a number of reasons. First of all, he is an excellent writer! He makes complicated topics easy to understand and is successful at writing material that is NOT BORING. Secondly, when it comes to study guides, Roger makes sure that he creates many extra questions for readers to try to answer and then learn from the answer. His up coming book has 150 study questions! And some of the explanations take over a page to explain why the correct answer is correct.
Not including the study guide mentioned above, here is a list of the publications that Roger has published. I've added links to the current content.
Using the IBM System Storage N Series with Databases (co-author)IBM Redbooks, 2007 (To be published early 2007)
Integrating IBM DB2 with the IBM System Storage N Series (co-author)IBM Redbooks, 2006 (ISBN 0738496855, 102 pages)
Using IBM DB2 UDB with IBM System Storage N Series (co-author)IBM Redbooks, 2006 (ISBN 0738496820, 130 pages)
DB2 Universal Database V8.1 Certification Exam 703 Study GuideIBM Press/Prentice Hall, 2004 (ISBN 0131840495, 499 pages)Also available in Books 24x7 and Safari.
DB2 Universal Database V8.1 Certification Exam 701/706 Study GuideIBM Press/Prentice Hall, 2004 (ISBN 0131840487, 486 pages)Also available in Books 24x7 and Safari.
DB2 Universal Database V8.1 Certification Exam 700 Study GuideIBM Press/Prentice Hall, 2003 (ISBN 0131424653, 416 pages)Also available in Books 24x7 and Safari.Translated and printed in Russian
DB2 UDB Exploitation of NAS Technologies (co-author)IBM Redbooks, 2002 (ISBN 0738425222, 288 pages)
All-in-One DB2 Administration Exam GuideMcGraw-Hill, 2002 (ISBN 0072133759, 840 pages)Translated and printed in Chinese
DB2 Universal Database SQL Developer’s GuideMcGraw-Hill, 2000 (ISBN 0071353895, 834 pages)Translated and printed in Chinese
DB2 Universal Database API Developer’s GuideMcGraw-Hill, 2000 (ISBN 0071353925, 640 pages)Translated and printed in Chinese
DB2 Universal Database Call Level Interface (CLI) Developer’s GuideMcGraw-Hill, 1999 (ISBN 0071345728, 740 pages)
ODBC 3.5 Developer’s GuideMcGraw-Hill, 1999 (ISBN 0070580871, 975 pages)
The Developer’s Handbook to DB2 for Common ServersMcGraw-Hill, 1997 (ISBN 007057725, 1146 pages)
Database Cloning (Distributed DBA Column)DB2 Magazine, Quarter 4, 2006 – Volume 11 Number 4
What’s it to you? DB2’s XML support is here. Are you ready to handle it? (Distributed DBA Column)DB2 Magazine, Quarter 3, 2006 – Volume 11 Number 3
Beyond the Default (Part 2) (Distributed DBA Column)DB2 Magazine, Quarter 2, 2006 – Volume 11 Number 2 Beyond the Default (Distributed DBA Column)DB2 Magazine, Quarter 1, 2006 – Volume 11 Number 1
Split Mirroring (Distributed DBA Column)DB2 Magazine, Quarter 4, 2005 – Volume 10 Number 4
Rollforward Recovery (Distributed DBA Column)DB2 Magazine, Quarter 3, 2005 – Volume 10 Number 3
Protecting DB2’s Image (Distributed DBA Column)DB2 Magazine, Quarter 2, 2005 – Volume 10 Number 2
The Cornerstone of Crash Recovery (Distributed DBA Column)DB2 Magazine, Quarter 1, 2005 – Volume 10 Number 1
Performance Monitoring, Part 3 (Distributed DBA Column)DB2 Magazine, Quarter 4, 2004 – Volume 9 Number 4
Improving DB2 Universal Database PerformanceCertification Magazine, October, 2004
Performance Monitoring, Part 2 (Distributed DBA Column)DB2 Magazine, Quarter 3, 2004 – Volume 9 Number 3
Performance Monitoring, Part 1: It’s a Snap(shot)(Distributed DBA Column)DB2 Magazine, Quarter 2, 2004 – Volume 9 Number 2
Basic Performance Tuning, Part 3 (Distributed DBA Column)DB2 Magazine, Quarter 1, 2004 – Volume 9 Number 1
Basic Performance Tuning, Part 2 (Distributed DBA Column)DB2 Magazine, Quarter 4, 2003 – Volume 8 Number 4
Basic Performance Tuning, Part 1 (Distributed DBA Column)DB2 Magazine, Quarter 3, 2003 – Volume 8 Number 3
Demystifying FFDC DataDB2 Magazine, Quarter 1, 2003 – Volume 8 Number 1
Understanding DB2 for Common Server’s Two-Phase Commit Process,DB2 Magazine, Spring 1998, Volume 3 Number 1,
Developing Database Applications with Call Level Interface in DB2 for Common Servers,IDUG Solutions Journal, Volume 4 Number 2, May 1997
Database Recovery Mechanisms for DB2 for Common Servers,Platinum Edge, Volume 3 Number 4, December 1996
TECHNICAL WHITE PAPERS:
Integrating PeopleSoft 8.4 GL Batch with IBM DB2 UDB ESE V8.1 (64 Bit) for AIX on IBM eServer pSeries p630 and Network Appliance FAS960 Enterprise ServerNetwork Appliance, Inc. (Technical Report 3279)http://www.netapp.com/tech_library
DB2 Universal Database Enterprise Server Edition V8.1 - Basic Performance Tuning GuidelinesNetwork Appliance, Inc. (Technical Report 3290)http://www.netapp.com/tech_library
IBM DB2 UDB Enterprise Server Edition V8.1 for UNIX: Integrating with a NetApp FilerNetwork Appliance, Inc. (Technical Report 3272)http://www.netapp.com/tech_library
DB2 Universal Database Enterprise Edition V7.2 - Basic Performance Tuning GuidelinesNetwork Appliance, Inc. (Technical Report 3222)http://www.netapp.com/tech_library
DB2 Universal Database Enterprise Edition V7 for Solaris: Integrating with DAFS Database Accelerator (DDA) and a Network Appliance FilerNetwork Appliance, Inc. (Technical Report 3185)http://www.netapp.com/tech_library
DB2 UDB Enterprise Edition V7 for Windows NT, Backup and Recovery Using a NetApp FilerNetwork Appliance, Inc. (Technical Report 3126)http://www.netapp.com/tech_library
Accessing Data from Your PC Using Version 7 of the SAS System,Proceedings of the 23rd Annual SAS Users Group International Conference, March 1998
OTHER: Tutorials: DB2 V9.1 Database Administration for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Certification Preparation - Part 4: Database Monitoring, 2006
Tutorials: DB2 V9.1 User Certification Preparation - Part 6: Database Concurrency, 2006
DB2 UDB Triggers,Knowledge Xpert for DB2, Quest Software, 2005
DB2 UDB Error Handling,Knowledge Xpert for DB2, Quest Software, 2005
DB2 UDB SQL Overview,Knowledge Xpert for DB2, Quest Software, 2004
Demystifying First Failure Data Capture (FFDC) Data,Knowledge Xpert for DB2, Quest Software, 2004
Understanding DB2 UDB’s Two-Phase Commit Process,Knowledge Xpert for DB2, Quest Software, 2004
Basic DB2 UDB Performance Tuning Guidelines,Knowledge Xpert for DB2, Quest Software, 2004
DB2 UDB’s Snapshot Monitor,Knowledge Xpert for DB2, Quest Software, 2004
Managing Log Files with a User Exit Program,Knowledge Xpert for DB2, Quest Software, 2004
Tutorials: DB2 V8 Application Development Certification Preparation - Part 3 of 7: Embedded SQL Programming,http://www.ibm.com/developerWorks, 2004
Tutorials: DB2 V8 Application Development Certification Preparation - Part 4 of 7: CLI/ODBC Programming,http://www.ibm.com/developerWorks, 2004
Tutorials: DB2 V8.1 Family Fundamentals Certification Preparation - Part 6: Database Concurrency,http://www.ibm.com/developerWorks, 2003
Tutorials: DB2 V7.1 User Certification Preparation - Part 6: Database Concurrency,http://www.ibm.com/developerWorks, 2002
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Thanks to Melissa, Kate, and Heather from my team for putting this much-needed DVD together!
This interactive self-study DVD helps you to get started on IBM Content Manager Enterprise Edition Version 8.3 to take control of your information.
IBM Content Management software captures, stores, manages, integrates and delivers all forms of digital content across a company’s entire value chain from employees to customers to suppliers and partners - to create real business value.
This DVD provides you with a set of learning resources to help you discover ways to increase productivity and turn business information into business value, including:
* Learn about the latest tutorials, Redbooks, and articles about Content Manager * Discover how Content Manager can help you leverage business information * Prepare to become an IBM Certified Solution Designer - DB2 Content Manager V8.3 with our series of nine Content Manager Tutorials * Listen to IBM and industry experts discuss the key benefits Content Manager * Check out our latest case studies and read though our informative whitepapers
To order your complimentary copy, you must complete a brief online order form.
Side note: I proctored Exam 443 for someone this afternoon who was taking the exam for a second time. The first time he took the exam, he was unable to pass it. This time he was able to pass the exam with a near perfect score! How did he do it? He told me that since his first attempt, he has been using CM V8.3 extensively as part of his job. Experience using the product, along with reading the available training resources is an excellent strategy for passing a certification exam.
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In the December Edition of DB2 Magazine, the feature article is
Tracking The TruthBy Cynthia Harvey
The article is a follow up to the joint research project from IBM and the National Geographic Society, called the The Genographic Project. The project asked for volunteers to send a sample of their DNA to project so it could be analyzed and tracked to help determine the origins of people. Apparently there are unique DNA markers that are passed from parent to child that rarely mutate, allowing the scientists to trace the migration paths of the earliest humans.
I was interested in this story for two reasons. First of all, I've always been interested in family history, so I was one of the volunteers who sent DNA in. I received my report a couple of years ago and found it very interesting. The second reason is that the technology used to store the DNA and to analyze the very large amount of collected data is IBM technology, specifically DB2 and WebSphere.
Read about the technical challenges that the team was faced with and how they overcame those challenges with the help of IBM as their technology partner.
DB2 Magazine: http://www.db2mag.com/
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There were plenty of notes about the DB2 wiki when it first launched, but have you had a chance to benefit from it yet?
The purpose of this wiki is to provide technical information about using DB2 on Windows/Unix/Linux platforms in a slightly less formal manner than the product documentation. The wiki was started to support DB2 Express C users who have downloaded DB2 for free, but since DB2 Express C is largely the same as other editions of DB2, all can benefit from this information.
If you would like to ask questions about the product, try the Discussion/ Help forums. You'll see a lot of ongoing activity on these forums, so join in if you can.