Now available in Rough Cut format:
This book and CD package brings together 26
quick tutorials designed to help implementers and developers get
up-to-speed fast with IBM SOA Foundation products - and use them to
deliver real solutions. The authors help technical professionals
quickly get up the learning curve, by showing exactly how each
product works, how they fit together, and how to use them together.
Each self-contained chapter offers a "big picture" product
overview, as well as hands-on techniques. The companion CD doesn't
just provide corresponding code: it also includes a full video
version of each tutorial.
Using these tutorials, readers can quickly
understand IBM's SOA offerings - and they can prototype working
solutions for their technical and business colleagues. Some of the
many IBM products covered are:
" IBM Rational Application Developer
" IBM Rational Software Architect
" IBM Tivoli Federated Identity Manager
" IBM WebSphere Application Server
" IBM WebSphere Integration Developer
" IBM WebSphere Message Broker
" IBM WebSphere Portal
" IBM WebSphere Portlet Factory
" IBM WebSphere Process Server
" IBM WebSphere Service Registry and
" IBM Rational Application Developer
" IBM Rational Software Architect
I met the four authors of this book through a volunteer organization that I am part of in the Toronto Lab: Technical Vitality. This is a Women in Leadership initiative that encourages continuous learning. The last two events that came from this group were:
1) Tech Connect.
This took place last week. I had a poster session about the publishing options that are available and met many potential authors and am following up on several book ideas. The thought behind this event is for people in the lab to share the best practices that they use with their product or to develop their product. This is the second year that the Lab ran this event. This year we had something like 80 posters in the exhibit along with about 30 on Second Life. The winning group should how they can use DB2 and business intelligence tools to analyze customer support data to learn more about their customers. Since I was busy presenting on my own area of expertise, I wasn't able to spend as much time as I wanted with the other presenters. I plan to review the submitted posters from each group to learn more and will share some of the great ideas if possible.
. We all know how important it is to learn from others to make the most of your career. With the mentoring session, we help match people in the lab to someone more senior than them in their pursuit of learning about the company and future job opportunities. This went very well and will be repeated over the course of the year. Some of the participants were given a copy of the "Intelligent Mentoring: How IBM Creates Value through People, Knowledge, and Relationships
" book which will help them fine-tune their mentoring relationships.
*************************************What is a Rough Cut version of a book?
A Rough Cuts book is a pre-published manuscript. As you may know..... once a manuscript is given from an author team to the publisher, it may take 3-4 months before the book is printed and available to purchase. By getting a Rough Cuts version of a book, you will be more able to stay on top of the curve of technology and if you choose, you can provide feedback to improve the final version of the book.
A few interesting things about the IOD Conference in Berlin
that I wanted to share with you.
First of all, apparently attendance for this conference is tracking to be higher than last year's conference in Den Haag, Netherlands. This is excellent news especially given the fact that there are 12 days remaining before the conference begins. I've been told that it is quite normal for attendees of European conferences to sign up just before or the day the conference begins. So if you can make it, you won't be disappointed.
I will NOT be attending the conference, but I have set up a bookstore for you to browse and buy the latest book titles. The bookseller is Andreas Cwienk
I'm disappointed that I won't be able to hear guest speaker Frans Johansson
Entrepreneur, Thought-Leader and Author of "The Medici Effect"
The intersection of business and innovation
Johansson is an entrepreneur and thought-leader. He is also a
consultant and the managing director for a hedge fund. Frans previously
co-founded and managed two companies, a Boston-based software company
and a medical device company operating out of Baltimore, Maryland and
Raised in Sweden by
his African- American and Cherokee mother and Swedish father, Frans
earned an MBA at Harvard Business School and a BS in environmental
science at Brown University.
Frans is a
successful author and has written on a variety of topics, from business
management to healthcare to sport fishing to how to save our oceans.
His bestselling book, The Medici Effect, has been translated into 17 languages and was named One of the Ten Best Business Books of 2004 by Amazon.com.
will be signing copies of The Medici Effect on Thursday, 4 June during
the Coffee Break at 15.45 – 16.15 in the Marketplace
If you need more reasons to attend the conference, see the website for lots of great ideas!
If you are planning to attend, I hope you have a good time, enjoy the speakers, meet lots of people, and best of all, increase your skills.
Have you tried taking an ILO (instructor-led online) training class yet
? With travel budgets disappearing, but the need for training never ending, learning from your home or office makes perfect sense. What do you get with ILO?
You'll get the high-quality content
and personal interaction
that you expect from a classroom course with the convenience
and cost-savings of online training with instructor-led online training (ILO). With speakers, microphone or headset, you join a virtual classroom where you interact with the instructor and fellow students
as if you're in a traditional class setting.
Now is the best time to experience the live instruction, hands-on labs and exciting group dynamics when you enroll in an ILO class. If you want to see how this works, view a demo and enroll today.
Keep on learning!
Amazon's pre-order price for this book is an amazing 34% off the regular price. Act now as this offer could be removed at any time!
& this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping.
Viral Data in SOA
An Enterprise Pandemic
by Neal A. Fishman Ensure the Reliability of the Data
environments utilize web services to share data more widely and rapidly
than ever before. It’s easier than ever for incorrect data to trigger
inappropriate actions, prevent urgent actions from being taken, disrupt
customer transactions and relationships, generate compliance problems,
and damage business performance. Companies need a comprehensive
blueprint for ensuring data reliability in their SOA environments. Viral Data in SOA provides that blueprint.
Leading IBM data forensics expert Neal A. Fishman helps you identify the unique challenges of data quality in your SOA environment-and implement solutions that deliver the best results at the lowest cost.
for both business and technical professionals, Fishman shows how to
think about data quality on a risk/reward basis...why effective data
governance is so important, and how to achieve it...how to evaluate
data quality, and overcome its inevitable decay...and, last but not
least, how to actually drive a data quality initiative that works.
· Why poor-quality data has become even more dangerous
· Practical solutions for assessing, improving, and sustaining data quality
· Why data governance is so critical-and realistic models for implementing it
· How to instill proactive accountability throughout your data processes
· Proven techniques for evaluating data before, during, and after its use
· Handling persistence and memory-resident databases in SOA environments
· Improving business, system, reference, and “meta” data
· Creating data models that support today’s broader spectrum of applications
· Sustaining data quality through conditioning
· Using systems thinking to limit future data problems and understand the potential ripple effects of data sharing
Neal A. Fishman,
leader of IBM Software Group’s integration forensics program, has
spoken at conferences around the world, and is a Practicing Member of
the World Wide Institute of Software Architects. He has served as
Technology Editor for the Data to Knowledge Newsletter, and as
a member of the IEEE IDEFobject and Business Rules Group standards
committees. Fishman holds IBM certifications in DB2, DataStage,
QualityStage, and Information Analyzer. He is co-author of Enterprise Architecture Using the Zachman Framework.
I was lucky enough to get an early copy of this manuscript and I must tell you that I enjoyed every word that I read. Neal is clearly a polished author and makes the book a page-turner! Can't wait to read it for yourself? You can get a Rough Cut version of the book
that you can read electronically.
I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did.
are the ITSO's core product. They typically provide positioning and value guidance, installation and implementation experiences, typical solution scenarios, and step-by-step "how-to" guidelines. They often include sample code and other support materials that are also available as downloads from the site.
Most of these publications are available in Adobe PDF format and may be viewed online or downloaded for offline viewing and printing.
1. Customizing the Informix Dynamic Server for Your Environment
Redbooks, published 11 Jun 2008, last updated 13 Apr 2009
2. DB2 9 for z/OS Performance Topics
Redbooks, published 11 Sep 2007, last updated 9 Apr 2009, Rating: (based on 4 reviews)
3. DB2 9 for z/OS Technical Overview
Redbooks, published 28 Jun 2007, last updated 9 Apr 2009, Rating: (based on 2 reviews)
4. IBM Data Studio V2.1: Getting Started with Web Services on DB2 for z/OS
Redpapers, published 7 Apr 2009
5. Powering SOA Solutions with IMS
Redbooks, published 30 Mar 2009, Rating: (based on 2 reviews)
To view more on Redbooks please visit the IBM Redbooks website
or the Information Management Rebooks Domain
Don't you love all the low prices that you can find these days? If you
look around, you can find great deals on just about everything. For
instance....amazon.com has lowered their prices on IBM Press books that
are available for pre-order. There is no way of knowing how long these
prices will be offered, so if you want one of these books, please act
- DB2 pureXML Cookbook -- 37% off regular price... so you only pay $31.49
- Dynamic SOA and PBM – 34% off regular price... so you only pay $26.39
- Viral Data in the SOA – 34% off regular price... so you only pay $26.39
- Author Neal Fishman
is leader of IBM Software Group's integration
forensics program, has spoken at conferences around the world, and is a
Practicing Member of the World Wide Institute of Software Architects.
This is one of the manuscripts that I had the pleasure of reading
Enjoy the savings!
If you have deals to share, send me a note.
Sadly I will not be attending IDUG in Denver next week. At first I was OK about this, but when I started going through the speaker list, it made me realize all the great people I'll be missing! I can't mention all the people who I'll miss... but let me tell you about the authors who will be there. Breakpoint books
will be there as well providing a wide selection of books for you to browse and buy. Note that all attendees get a 10% discount on their book purchases.
To see the topics that these and other speakers are scheduled for, see the Agenda for IDUG
For a laugh... you need to check this out: Kitchen Perfect.
I hope everyone has a great time while you are learning!
If you're at the Impact conference
, your week is likely very busy! If not.... you may want to consider taking part in these events:Wednesday May 6, 2009
conference call, 11:30 AM EasternDB2 9.7 Overview - Chat with the LabEarly bird registration
for Central Canada DB2 User group Symposium June 8th - 9th 2009
Register before Friday May 8th
to be eligible for a free IPOD draw.
Meeting takes place in Toronto and presenters include Mr. DB2 “Roger Miller” along with Susan Lawson, Craig Mullins, Melanie Stopfer and many others are sure to cover the latest and greatest features of DB2. Musings on DB2 Security for the DB2 LUW DBAThursday, May 7, 2009
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM CDT
Expected to publish July 17, 2009, order now from amazon.com and save 37% ($18.50)
Authored by two of IBM's
leading experts provide the single most comprehensive coverage of DB2's
pureXML capabilities. This book explains DB2 pureXML in more than 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. The DB2 pureXML Cookbook provides proven
recipes rather than a mere reference of ingredients.
- Unique and comprehensive coverage of pureXML on all supported platforms: DB2 9.x for Linux, UNIX, and Windows and DB2 9 for z/OS
- Written for database administrators and application developers, beginners and advanced DB2 users
- More than 700 "recipe-style" examples of XML queries, updates,
schemas, indexes, storage objects, application code, and database
- DB2 pureXML best practices, tips, and tricks based on the authors’ extensive hands-on experience in pureXML deployments
- Coverage of brand-new XML features that IBM intends to make available in the next release of DB2
About the Authors
Matthias Nicola is a Senior Software Engineer for
DB2 pureXML at IBM's Silicon Valley Lab. His work focuses on all
aspects of XML in DB2, including XQuery, SQL/XML, XML storage, indexing
and performance. Matthias also works closely with customers and
business partners, assisting them in the design, implementation, and
optimization of XML solutions. Matthias has published over a dozen
articles on various XML topics and is a frequent speaker at DB2
conferences. Prior to joining IBM, Matthias worked on data warehousing
performance for Informix Software. He received his doctorate in
computer science from the Technical University of Aachen, Germany.
Pav Kumar-Chatterjee has worked with DB2 since 1991
on DB2 for z/OS and since 2000 on DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows. He
is currently employed by IBM as a technical sales specialist for
Information Management in the United Kingdom. He has helped customers
implement the XML Extender product with DB2 V8 and has presented on DB2
and XML in the UK and around Europe.
To tie you over till the book is in your hands, here are some websites for you to check out:
IBM's main product page for DB2 pureXML
The DB2 pureXML Wiki
The web site of "The XML Challenge", and XML contest
New developerWorks article
The DB2 pureXML blog
Mashup thought leaders Mike Ogrinz
, author of the book Mashup Patterns
,and John Gerken
, a Senior Architect for the IBM jStart
Emerging Technologies team, will discuss:
- Why mashups have become popular solutions for solving every-day business problems and have evolved into patterns.
- How mashup patterns allow you to quickly discover and build upon mashup solutions that others with similar business goals have already demonstrated.
- Understand how your business can implement mashup patterns to maximize the value of mashups for your business needs/challenges.
- How mashup patterns highlighted in Mike’s book can be implemented with IBM’s Mashup Center.
Mike and John will demonstrate real mashup solutions and the associated patterns that reinforce them to help new users understand these concepts and experienced users to gain additional insights.When?
Thursday April 30, 2009
11:00 AM Eastern, 10:00 AM Central, 9:00 AM Mountain, 8:00 AM Pacific
Conference telephone numbers: United States: 800 369-3162
Verbal Confirmation Code: GreenhouseClick here for information on International numbers. About the book: Mashup Patterns
by Mike Ogrinz
Indispensable Patterns and Insights for Putting Mashups to Work in Enterprise Environments
new mashup tools and technologies, enterprise developers can impose
their own APIs on everything from Web sites and RSS feeds to Excel and
PDF files–transforming a world of content into their own customized
informationsource. In Mashup Patterns, Michael Ogrinz
applies the concept of software development patterns to mashups,
systematically revealing the right ways to build enterprise mashups and
providing useful insights to help organizations avoid the mistakes that
cause mashups to fail.
on extensive experience building business-critical mashups, Ogrinz
offers patterns and realistic guidance for every stage of the mashup
development lifecycle and addresses the key issues developers,
architects, and managers will face. Each pattern is documented with a
practical description, specific use cases, and crucial insights into
the stability of mashups built with it. Ogrinz concludes by presenting
twelve start-to-finish case studies demonstrating mashup patterns at
work in actual enterprise settings.
- Understanding the relationships among mashups, portals, SOA, EAI/EII, and SaaS
core mashup activities such as data management, surveillance, clipping,
transformation, enrichment, publication, and promotion
- Optimizing security, privacy, accessibility, usability, and performance
- Managing mashup development, from planning and governance through integration, testing, and deployment
- Enhancing basic mashups with search, language translation, workflow support, and other improvements
- Performing effective load and regression testing
- Avoiding “anti-patterns” that cause enterprise mashups to fail
Also of interest: The companion book, Mashups: Strategies for the Modern Enterprise by
J. Jeffrey Hanson (Addison-Wesley), is an indispensable guide to
designing, implementing, and debugging an enterprise mashup, offering
sample code to illustrate key concepts.
About the Author
Michael Ogrinz is
a principal architect at one of the world’s largest financial
institutions. His business focus is to identify and integrate emerging
technologies into the enterprise and to create innovative and
competitive solutions. A frequent industry speaker on various facets of
Enterprise 2.0, Michael has been instrumental in enhancing the
computing environment at his firm through his work on user interfaces
and usability, wikis and blogs, and, most recently, mashups.
cofounded localendar.com, a classic “garage start-up” that demonstrates
how the “Long Tail” applies to online calendars as much as anything
else. The niche site has provided more than 400,000 schools, churches,
and clubs with simple online scheduling services since its inception
more than eight years ago.
lives with his wife, two daughters, a collection of classic pinball and
vector arcade machines, and a partially completed B9 Robot in
wonderfully rural Easton, Connecticut.
The International Informix User Group
conference is talking place this week in Overland Park. Unfortunately the conference is too small for us to set up a bookstore, so instead we came up with this offer:Administering Informix Dynamic ServerBuilding the Foundation
by Carlton Doe
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In this book, author Carlton Doe describes and explains the functionality of the IDS data server and the procedures required to administer and maintain database systems. It takes a “what do I need to know and do to make this work?” point of view, covering all of the major functional areas of the database server including designing, installing, initializing, and monitoring the data server; creating instance objects; protecting against failure; and managing day-to-day activities. If you’re dealing with IDS and have better things to do than read the 1,600-plus pages of documentation included with the server, then this is exactly the book you need!Table of Contents
- Introduction to Informix Dynamic Server
- An Introduction to Extensibility
- Preparing for Initialization
- Installing and Initializing IDS
- Basic Administrative Tasks
- Building a Database Environment
- Backing Up and Restoring
- Monitoring the Instance
- Appendix: Table Sizing Worksheets
Note... we need to prove to the publisher that there is demand for Informix titles. There are two more titles in the works, but they are in jeopardy because of the sales of this book :( Please help if you can!
Yesterday there were so many blog entries regarding the announcement of DB2 9.7 for LUW AND InfoSphere Warehouse 9.7
And... it was Earth Day and apparently my blog was featured on the top page of developerWorks
But, I missed it all! I spent the day with Grant Hutchison
teaching a grade 7 class about investing, saving, and finance: "Junior Achievement - Dollars & Sense
". I've been a volunteer for Junior Achievement for a few years and like the fact that IBM has teamed with Junior Achievement to educate the future generation!
The material is amazing and the kids were very engaged in the new concepts they were learning. JA has ensured that the curriculum is very interactive which is a great way for kids to learn. For example, the last thing we did yesterday was an investment game. Everyone in the room was pumped and enjoying the game! Fun all around!
Speaking of interactive learning
.... I'm going to remind you of two that you should consider:
- DB2 9.7 Overview webcast (Chat with the Lab) on May 6, 11:30 AM ET where people will be able to get additional details about the new release. Be sure to register for this webcast.
- If you or someone you know needs to learn DB2... or if you like to volunteer to teach high school students, you need to check out the DB2 games.IBM DB2 Detective GameGetting started with DB2 9 and SQL can be easy with this new interactive game. Using an crime investigation theme, this introductory level game teaches relational database concepts and shows how technology can be applied to solving real-life problems.IBM DB2 Business GamePut your DB2 and SQL skills to the test with this intermediate level game! Jump into a “run your own business” scenario, where your company’s future depends on a key report needed to secure funds for a critical upgrade. Play the game and you may be ready to transfer your skills into action!
Pass the word by teaching!
Tomorrow is Earth Day
so you're likely aware of several community activities that are taking place to encourage you to do your part. For instance, in the Toronto area, there are tree planting and clean up activities
taking place all week. I'm planning to help clean up some parks in my neighbourhood on Friday.
Another community that many of us are part of is developerWorks. Recently added to dWorks is the GReen IT Report
. From this site you'll learn the many ways that IT can be green and how this creates benefits for you and your company beyond simply "doing your part".
Learn from experts like Alan Ganek
and David Barnes
. Find links to all the latest books, white papers, articles, redbooks, and podcasts that are related to the green initiatives.
A link to my blog is on the GReen IT Report
site and I'm planning to add additional content such as the following:Green BooksElectronic Book Engines
Do you feel conflicted buying a book about reducing consumption? I do... so I end up reading as many books electronically as I can. IBMers world-wide have a subscription to Books 24x7. You can find a link to the site from any of the employee home pages.
If you don't work for IBM, you may have a corporate or school subscription to either Books 24x7
or Safari Books Online
. You may also purchase a personal subscription to these electronic book engines as well.e-Book Readers
I've mentioned these readers quite often. You've likely heard of Amazon Kindle 2. For more of my thoughts / research on the topic, see DB2 in Books on ChannelDB2.com
I hope you enjoy the buzz around earth day / earth week!
If you have suggestions, comments, questions... I'm always happy to hear from you!
Last week I blogged about the importance and benefit of word of mouth feedback via online reviews
. Today I want to remind you of the series of Best Practices documents
that are available for you.
Each Best Practice paper is designed to provide you with practical guidance for the most common DB2 product configurations. These papers were written by leading experts in IBM's development and consulting teams, and have been extensively tested.
Why learn via trial & error when you can be effective immediately by following the advice in these papers?
Here are some of the topics that you can find:
Don't forget to share your feedback on anything IM related. I'd suggest that you put feedback on the ChannelDB2.com site
, at the very least. You can also share your own insights and comments with other users of IBM DB2 Linux, UNIX, and Windows via the IBM Database Wiki
Webinar: Musings on DB2 Security for the DB2 LUW DBA
In this timely Webinar, my good friend Rebecca Bond
, independent security consultant and author of Understanding DB2 9 Security
, will share important DB2 Security Tips and Best Practices with participants. People who know Rebecca personally also know that she is a part-time comic and capable of turning the dullest, most boring topics, into something truly entertaining, informative, and memorable.
Here is a sampling of topics Rebecca might cover if she doesn't have a headache:
- Security features in V9.1 & V9.5
- Cost, Risk, Mitigation, People
- Disaster Recovery & Trust
- Don't do these STUPID things
- Touching DB2's Best Known Tickle Points
- Authorizations, Privileges, Roles, LBAC, Trusted Contexts
- HOT Data & Encryption
- Thinking like a Hacker, but avoiding Jail
- Performance versus Security Smackdown
- Other cool things too numerous to list
"Rebecca Bond is an independent DB2 LUW Security Consultant. With a background in government, healthcare and financial DB2 consulting, she is adept at designing efficient, secure database architectures that balance the twin needs of performance and protection. Rebecca is the author of Understanding DB2 9 Security, published by IBM Press, and has written articles on security topics for the IDUG Solutions Journal. She holds numerous DB2 certifications and has been designated by IBM as a Subject Matter Expert."
ORDER THE BOOK: Understanding DB2 9 SecurityOne lucky Webinar Attendee will be randomly selected to win a $50 Amazon.com gift certificate - enough cash to buy the security book plus other fun things!
US and European Phone numbers will be provided, as well as VoIP.
We look forward to seeing you online! Title: Musings on DB2 Security for the DB2 LUW DBA Date: Thursday, May 7, 2009 Time: 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM CDT
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.Register Now
I just found out that the US tax deadline is today. In Canada we have another 2 weeks. I'm getting a refund, so I should have filed sooner than I did... but I had to wait for receipts. What can you do?
I was on a call this morning and someone asked if I was planning to buy a Kindle 2 with my refund. I would love to have a Kindle... and would have bought one... except they aren't available outside of the US at this time. Something to do with the limitations of the wireless connection to the mother ship... I think. In any case, I'll wait... and if some other cool book reader comes available in Canada before Kindle 2 (like Plastic Logic or Apple tablet) then perhaps I'll check that out.
But if you are in the US and like to read... I hear that the Kindle is well worth the investment! All IBM Press books are available in Kindle format as are most books these days. If you prefer printed books, we have plenty for you to choose from. Just yesterday I recommended DB2 books to a VERY technical professor. Here was my response:
Here are the books that I suggest... with reasons why. Click the link to see my blog entries about the books.DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows: DBA Guide, Reference, and Exam Prep (6th Edition) See my previous blog entry.Expert Preparation for Exam 734 - DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Advanced Database Administration Certification Study GuideSee my previous blog entry.Understanding DB2(R): Learning Visually with Examples (2nd Edition)
The book is the best way to learn (or relearn) DB2 for Linux, Unix and Windows. The book is filled with case studies, study questions, and well-written details on everything you'll need to know. Some competitively trained people who have read this book have told me that this is exactly what they needed to take the fear out of switching to DB2! See my previous blog entries.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~If this professor is a member of the Academic Initiative
, he should check that out as well. If he will be using the book to build a curriculum around, choose the third one.
Make an author / bookseller / publisher happy.... and buy a book :)
IBM Redbooks Publications - just published
IBM Redbooks Publications DraftsIBM Redpaper PublicationsIBM Redpaper Publications DraftsMost Popular Downloads for Information Management Software This Month
- Powering SOA Solutions with IMS
New application development tools and the IBM® service-oriented architecture capabilities for IMS™ can help your business improve the speed and agility of its development efforts. Both IMS and the IMS SOA Integration Suite support your on demand systems and your distributed IMS application environment.
Powering SOA Solutions with IMS provides background and explanations to clarify the choices and methodologies that are available to modernize your IMS applications and provide access to IMS data stores through non-traditional callers.
- Embedding Informix Dynamic Server: An Introduction
In this IBM Redbooks publication we discuss and describe the capabilities for embedding IDS into applications and software. We introduce the technological architecture, and describe several of the functions and features that support IDS as a robust and powerful embeddable DBMS. Many of these features are unique in the industry today, enabling clients to create a business advantage.
The Informix Dynamic Server can support the requirements of an embeddable DBMS, and is doing so for many companies today. The low administration requirements of IDS enable clients to deploy thousands of IDS instances, embedded in applications in locations where there are no technical resources to support the database. The real requirement is for applications with embedded databases that require little or no administration, take minimum storage resources, have excellent performance, and are highly reliable.
As a mature and reliable DBMS, it works well with small, growing, and large databases, and meets the key requirements for embedded databases. These include the ability to execute without the need for any configuration or other DBA administrative activities, and the flexibility to work on all of the platforms commonly used in the marketplace today.
- DB2 9 for z/OS: Packages Revisited
DB2® packages were introduced with DB2 V2.3 in 1993. During the 15 years that have elapsed, a lot has changed. In particular, there is a more widespread use of distributed computing, Java™ language, new tools, and upgrades in the platform software and hardware. The best practices back then just might not be optimal today. In this IBM® Redbooks® publication, we take a fresh look at bringing packages into the 21st century.
We begin with an overview of packages and explain the advantages of using packages.
Because database request module (DBRM) based plans have been deprecated in DB2 9, you need to convert to packages if you did not use packages already. We provide guidance on using a DB2 provided function to convert from DBRM-based plans to packages.
We re-examine the application development frameworks for packages: program preparation, package setup, and execution. For distributed applications, we include a discussion of a utility to identify and remove deprecated private protocol and converting to DRDA® as well as an introduction to the new pureQuery function of Data Studio. We also discuss common problems and their resolutions.
We then explore administration and operational activities dealing with packages, including security, access path management (where we discuss the newly introduced package stability feature to allow for a seamless fallback), and management and performance aspects.
The appendixes include useful queries and mention tools for managing packages effectively.
I have a question for you.... before you buy something these days... do you do what I do and check for online feedback or referrals? If the feedback from someone with actual experience is positive, I am more likely to seriously consider buying the item myself.
If the feedback is overwhelmingly positive from many people, my buying decision gets easier. If the feedback is negative, it helps as well... but only if a clear description of the problem is described and multiple people have experienced the same problem / dissatisfaction.So... will you be willing to provide feedback to others regarding the books that you've read?
Let's face it, making a decision to buy a book isn't only made based on the price of the book, but also on whether it is worth your valuable time to read the book. We're all short on time, so we want to be sure that we aren't wasting our time by reading a book that won't help us.Where can you post your feedback?
For books, amazon.com is likely the most useful place. I'm in Canada, but still chose to read the feedback that is posted on amazon.com rather than one of the Canadian sites. Why? Simply because there tends to be much more feedback on amazon.com than anywhere else.
But, you can still provide feedback on any of the sites that take feedback. Even db2inbooks
is a good site to post feedback.What should you avoid?
It won't help anyone if your feedback is negative, but you haven't actually read the book. Yes, it does happen. For instance, my first book had a negative comment made by a reader because of the title. I don't think the reader read a single word of the book, but decided to trash it based on the title alone. Is this fair? Absolutely not. I'm sure most people would disregard this type of feedback, but save yourself some time, if you didn't actually read the book, don't bother posting comments... positive or negative.
This is actual feedback that I've personally received from a reader who read one of Roger Sander's books.
If you find errors in the book that aren't very serious but that should be corrected.... I suggest that you contact the author directly if you can. It is near impossible to produce an error-free book. Most of the authors who I work with make it easy for you to reach them. Check in the front of the book... you may find an email address. Also check on ChannelDB2.com
as many of our authors are members and would be happy to hear from you.
If you'd rather not contact the author directly... you can always go directly to the publisher... or to me. I'll make sure your comments are sent to the author who can then make the corrections for future iterations of the book.
If you really like reviewing books... and think that you are good at it.... did you know that you may qualify to get free books from the publisher? In some cases we ask people to review the book before it publishes and ask reviewers to provide a comment that may be included on the cover of the book. If this interests you, let me know.
Share your opinion... everyone will appreciate it :)
One of the publishers that I work with quite often is MC Press
. You may know of MC Press through the large number of books that they have published on IBM products and technologies. For instance, you'll find books within the following categories:
I've blogged many times about the amazing series of certification guides that have been published by MC Press, including:
We're working on two more certification guides that will be part of this series.... so stay tuned to find out more details.
When you go to the book links above... you'll notice that there is a banner on the site reminding you of our Assess & Save Promotion
. Remember that this promotion is only active till the end of the month, so don't miss out.
Two more things you should know.... One... you can save 20% on all books
that you purchase before April 19, 2009
through the MC Press Online bookstore.
Two... if you are a registered member of MC Press Online
, you'll have access to a rich collection of resources such as white papers, articles, and podcasts. MC Press Online likes to reward its members with cool prizes. Currently you have a chance to win a pair of Zetronix 80” Video Glasses
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