Today I "met" fellow blogger Steffan Surdek. I encourage you to check out his blog. Steffan is the User Experience Lead and self-proclaimed Agile Champion for the WebSphere® Business Services Fabric team. He uses his experience facilitating the two-day Software Group Agile Workshops to help his team work on improving their agile processes.
Steffan has written articles that are published on developerWorks and is currently attempting to write a book about Distributed Scrum. This is something that I know very little about, so I had to look it up in wikipedia: Scrum (development). His blog provides his experience as a first time author as well as his thoughts about his area of expertise.
For those of you who do know something (or want to know something)about Agile software development, check out Steffan's latest article:
Agile planning in real life: What did and didn't work in developing releases with agile planning.
It was nice to chat with Steffan today and I hope that you have a chance to check out his blog.
Keep on Learning
Congratulations to new author Antonio Cangiano from the DB2 Toronto Lab Team for the publication of his book:
Ruby on Rails for Microsoft Developers
You may know Antonio because of his blogs or tweets, especially if you are part of the Ruby on Rails community.
Order this book now from amazon and receive a 33% discount:
List Price: $49.99Price: $33.74 You Save: $16.25 (33%)
Who should read this book?
This book is for programmers who have experience developing the Microsoft Windows platform and are interested in learning more about, and getting the most out of, Ruby on Rails.
Wrox guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think. Written by programmers for programmers, they provide a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.
This definitive guide examines how to take advantage of the new Agile methodologies offered when using Ruby on Rails (RoR). You’ll quickly grasp the RoR methodology by focusing on the RoR development from the point of view of the beginner- to intermediate-level Microsoft developer. Plus, you’ll get a reliable roadmap for migrating your applications, skill set, and development processes to the newer, more agile programming platform that RoR offers.
From the Back Cover
With its valuable combination of simplicity and productivity, Ruby on Rails is a portable, extendable, open source web application framework that quickly gained worldwide acclaim. The aim of this book is to make the enticing Rails methodology more approachable for developers who are already familiar with Microsoft tools.
After an overview and brief history of the framework, you'll focus on learning Rails development from the point of view of a beginner-to-intermediate level Microsoft developer.
The author explores all the fundamental aspects of Rails, and includes comparisons and references to Microsoft development tools that you may already be familiar with. In doing so, he provides you with an easier path to learn how Rails simplifies the design and implementation of web applications.
By serving as a roadmap for migrating your skill set, development processes, and applications to the newer Agile programming platform that Rails offers, this book will help you leverage your existing skills so you can quickly take advantage of the full potential of Rails.
What you will learn from this book
Enjoy the book!
Join IBM at the largest and most valuable IBM Information Management event in Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA), Information on Demand, taking place at the Estrel Convention Centre, Berlin, Germany; Wednesday - Friday, 3-5 June (Business Partner Programme Tuesday 2nd June).
While at the conference, you'll see how:
Gain insight from the top tier speakers who are lined up to speak to attendees, including:
As you can see, all areas within Information Management are covered with these speakers alone. You will not be disappointed.
I am not completely sure if I'll be attending this conference or not. But in any case, I have arranged to have a bookstore at the event so you can buy the latest business and technical books at a discounted price.
Register today :)Information on Demand
Are you overwhelmed by the amount of technical information that is available for DB2? I don't blame you if you are! IBM produces many different types of training resources to suit individual preferences for learning.
The DB2 Skills Kit from developerWorks is a good place to begin your quest to learn more about DB2. Skill kits are FREE and make it easy to learn introductory concepts and usage procedures with demonstrations, step-by-step tutorials, technical articles, webcasts, podcasts, and presentations. No need to search for information: The DB2 Skills Kit has what you need in one kit: how to install, configure, and administer IBM® DB2®.
Increase your knowledge and skills whether you are a database administrator or application developer. This kit is aimed at IT professionals that have a basic understanding of database principles and design that are looking for “just in time DB2 skills.” Topics covered include: Overview, installation, configuration, database creation, and administration.
For detailed information on how to download the kit, see these step-by-step instructions.
ITSO Global Content Services has recently announced the introduction of IBM Redguides into the IBM Redbooks® publications family. The Redguides team has 15 Redguides available for download from www.ibm.com/Redbooks.
IBM Redguides bridge the gap between high-level sales collateral and traditional Redbooks publications. They were requested by and co-designed with technical business leaders. They offer IT architects, IT consultants, technical sales support staff and IT managers a pre-sales business view of technology rather than a post-sales focus on deployment. Redguides are about how to solve a business problem and provide business value with IBM solutions.
Take a look... I hope you like them and find the Redguides useful to you as you continually grow your skills.
Did you know that you have a chance to attend IDUG 2009 – North America for absolutely no charge? Simply fill out this brief survey for your chance to win a FREE registration to IDUG 2009 – North America, May 11-15, in Denver, Colorado.
Already registered? You still have a chance to win! Any previously registered attendee announced as the raffle winner will receive a full refund of their registration costs provided payment has already been received by IDUG Headquarters.
Not registered yet? Don’t delay – register for IDUG 2009 – North America before Friday, March 27 and save $150 on full-conference registration rates. For a sneak peek at all the great content available at this year’s conference download a copy of our Advance Program or visit online at www.idug.org/na.
IDUG conferences and Denver Colorado... a perfect combination. You won't regret your decision to go to this conference in this location!
I met with Dave Steinberg from the Toronto Lab today. I have a display of published books in two areas of the lab: the front lobby and the CAS area, and I added Dave's latest book to the displays. If you are a visitor to the lab, make sure you check out these displays.
The interesting thing about all the books is that at least one of the authors on the author team is an employee from the Toronto Lab. You'll very quickly notice that employees of the Toronto Lab produce a significant number of published technical books.
Here are the details of this latest book... Congratulations Dave, Frank, Marcelo and Ed!
EMF: Eclipse Modeling Framework (2nd Edition) by Dave Steinberg, Frank Budinsky, Marcelo Paternostro, and Ed Merks.
Series Editors: Erich Gamma • Lee Nackman • John Wiegand
The Authoritative Guide to EMF Modeling and Code Generation
The Eclipse Modeling Framework enables developers to rapidly construct robust applications based on surprisingly simple models. Now, in this thoroughly revised Second Edition, the project’s developers offer expert guidance, insight, and examples for solving real-world problems with EMF, accelerating development processes, and improving software quality.
This edition contains more than 40% new material, plus updates throughout to make it even more useful and practical. The authors illuminate the key concepts and techniques of EMF modeling, analyze EMF’s most important framework classes and generator patterns, guide you through choosing optimal designs, and introduce powerful framework customizations and programming techniques. Coverage includes
About the Authors
Dave Steinberg is a software developer in IBM Software Group. He has worked with Eclipse and modeling technologies since joining the company, and has been a committer on the EMF project since its debut in 2002.
Frank Budinsky, a senior architect in IBM Software Group, is an original coinventor of EMF and a founding member of the EMF project at Eclipse. He is currently cochair of the Service Data Objects (SDO) specification technical committee at OASIS and lead SDO architect for IBM.
Marcelo Paternostro is a software architect and engineer in IBM Software Group. He is an EMF committer and has been an active contributor to several other Eclipse projects. Before joining IBM, Marcelo managed, designed, and implemented numerous projects using Rational's tools and processes.
Ed Merks is the project lead of EMF and a colead of the top-level Modeling project at Eclipse. He holds a Ph.D. in Computing Science and has many years of in-depth experience in the design and implementation of languages, frameworks, and application development environments. Ed works as a software consultant in partnership with itemis AG.
I mentioned yesterday that the Assess & Save offer will be active only for the next month. Today I want to tell you about the success of this promotion. Apparently we've been giving out a lot of vouchers for people to take their exam of choice for 50% off the regular price. But even better than that... those who are taking the certification test with the voucher are PASSING!
This tells me that the people who are taking part in this promotion are very serious about getting certified. It also tells me that those who pass the assessment test are suitably prepared to pass the real exam. Although the assessment test questions are different that the questions on the real exam, they are close representations of the questions that you can expect to see on the exam.
So do you want to give it a try? Thanks to Kate, here's how you can take part:
Make sure your investment in certification is a smart one: why not save money AND build your skills? For full details about Assess and Save, check out ibm.com/software/data/education/voucher.html.
Don't miss your chance, act now!
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Can you believe that it is already late in March! I've just returned from vacationing with my son for his March break from school... and am refreshed from the vacation... and pumped because SPRING is here!
There are several deadlines approaching quickly that you must take action on to avoid missing important opportunities.
If you were lucky enough to take a break... welcome back! I hope spring is inspiring you to change like it is for me.
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If you haven't yet upgraded your skills to DB2 V9, here is some incentive for you:
Don't be left behind, upgrade to DB2 9.5 now..... before DB2 8.2 for Linux, Unix, and Windows is put out to pasture.
Why should you upgrade to DB2 9.5 now?
DB2 9.5 offers a lot of good reasons to upgrade
DB2 automatically performs time-consuming database administration tasks like memory management and storage allocation.
DB2 needs fewer processors, which means less hardware to purchase. It also means less software to license and maintain.
DB2 customers are reporting compression ratios of up to 83%, which means less storage to buy and maintain.
Customers are reporting that XML projects require between 30% and 66% fewer people.
DB2's world class security and audit features ensure that you meet your current needs, as well as your evolving future needs.
Need even more reasons? See the technical reasons to upgrade.
Download these podcasts and listen on your ipod, iphone, computer... whatever...
Podcast Series: DB2 9 for z/OS pureXML by Guogen Zhang
This is a 10-part introductory podcast series on pureXML business value and technical knowledge. The first part covers overview and business value, and the follow-on 8 parts cover different aspects of pureXML. The last part talks about best practices.
And... while you're visiting ChannelDB2.com, be sure to check out the groups that are available for you to join!
Expected to publish April 25, you can now pre-order this book:The Greening of IT: How Companies Can Make a Difference for the Environment by John Lamb.
IT can drive immense business value by "going green." John Lamb provides the business case and best practices for making it happen, including multiple case studies of IT organizations that have successfully gone green, and lessons from IBM's $1B green computing initiative.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. IntroductionChapter 2. The Basics of Green ITChapter 3. Collaboration is Key for Green ITChapter 4. The Government’s Role - Regulation and EPA ActivityChapter 5. The Magic of “Incentive” - The Role of Electric UtilitiesChapter 6. A Most Significant Step — “Virtualizing” Your IT SystemsChapter 7. The Need for Standard IT Energy Use MetricsChapter 8. What about Chillers, Cooling Tower Fans, and All That Cooling Equipment Usually Ignored by IT?Chapter 9. Green IT Case Studies for Energy UtilitiesChapter 10. Green IT Case Studies for Universities, Large and Small CompaniesChapter 11. Worldwide Green IT Case StudiesChapter 12. The Future of Green IT for CorporationsAppendix A. Tools for IT Power and Cooling EstimatesAppendix B. Comparison of Different Power Generation MethodsAppendix C. Worldwide Electricity Average PricesGlossaryBibliography
John Lamb is a Senior Technical Staff Member and IBM Senior Certified IT Architect for IBM Global Business Services. A senior member of the IEEE and ASME engineering societies, he has published more than 50 technical papers and articles, and has authored four books including Lotus Notes and Domino 5 Scalable Network Design and IBM WebSphere and Lotus: Implementing Collaborative Solutions. Lamb holds a B.A. from Notre Dame, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
Last week at the Data In Action Virtual Conference Event that I attended, speaker R. Ray Wang, Vice President, Forrester and Lise Neely, Product Manager, IBM co-presented "Data Management for a Lean Economy: Strategies to Cut Costs, Improve Performance, Reduce Risks". During their talk they mentioned several ways for you to begin making improvements in your data to help save money by right-sizing your database.
Although the event is now over, you can still register and access the recorded presentations. The presentation by Ray and Lise can be found in the Auditorium. To answer the question... where do I start... Ray suggests regulatory compliance, Lise agrees but also suggests archiving. Listen for yourself.
On the same topic, you should read the latest article Integrate IBM InfoSphere Master Data Management Server using WebSphere Process Server, Part 1: Deploy and execute MDM Server Web services in a distributed environment by Stephanie J. Hazlewood, Allan Luo, and Martin Oberhofer. This is Part 1, so stay tuned for the coming parts.
Also on the same topic, the book Enterprise Master Data Management: An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information is continuing to sell well and is educating people on the many ways that they can start down the road of Master Data Management. There are now 5 customer comments on this book... all 5-star ratings! You won't regret reading this book!
Enjoy this amazing knowledge!
If you missed the virtual conference that took place yesterday, here is another chance... with a different topic.
IBM Smart SOA™ Global Virtual ForumMarch 3 at 10:30 am ET
Immerse yourself in our cool virtual business environment to hear how companies like yours are cutting costs by working smarter. So don’t get crushed by the economy; fight back by working smarter with Smart SOA and leveraging Social Media Tools & techniques.
10:30-12:00 5 Ways to Work Smarter and Take Out Costs with Smart SOAPresentations and live Q&A panel discussion with Sandy Carter, Ralph Warchol, Manoj Saxena and James Governor
5 Ways to Work Smarter and Generate Real ROI Using Social Media Tools & TechniquesNew Web 2.0 technologies are shaking up the lives of your customers and changing their expectations of you. Join Jeremiah Owyang, Senior Analyst, Forrester and Sandy Carter, the author of The New Language of Marketing 2.0 for a live discussion on how you can stay ahead of the curve and generate real ROI by leveraging these tools and technologies.
Continue the discussion with IBM experts and customers live in the Smart SOA Exhibit Zone Mystery giveaways, sign up offers at the SOA Exhibit Zone and scheduled group chats at the Get Smart SOA Café
What did I like about the virtual conference I attended yesterday?
I hope you enjoy(ed) your experience as much as I did. If you do attend next Tuesday, search on IBMers and ping me if you see me online :)
I STRONGLY encourage everyone to give this a try today! I blogged about this virtual conference (No-travel conference: Feb 25 - Data in Action) last week, but today is the day.
One thing that I didn't mention in my previous blog is that this conference is FREE. You have nothing to lose except the experience of this wonderful new technology.
Cool things that I've noticed so far.... the "booth presentations" are short and very well done. You can chat with an expert... and when you do, check out their super-cool avatar! You can also go to the Chat Zone to chat with others who are "attending" this conference.
How do you join? Register here:
Data in Action Virtual EventSolutions for an efficient environment
Have fun! Let me know what you think.
One more thing... pass it around... we want as many people to join this conference as possible.
I found this article about Athabasca University in Alberta that uses the concept of interactive virtual learning environments in some of their classes: Alberta university takes academic cue from video games.
From the article:Young people have long been able to hone physical skills through realistic video games, and the university wants to approach academics the same way, says Rory McGreal, the university's associate vice-president of research.
Hours spent hunched over a computer perfecting how to shoot a gun or explore a virtual environment could also be spent learning how the body works or understanding the universe.
“We're trying to harness the power of games and how we can use them to promote learning,” Mr. McGreal said Wednesday.
Personally I've witnessed the popularity of games with young people and I've also experienced the use of gaming to teach people to learn DB2. I was part of the pilot program that created the first "DB2 Detective Game" and loved seeing the students "get" the power of SQL while playing the game.
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 Game
Getting 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 Game
Put 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!
ChannelDB2.com (THE social network for the DB2 community) continues to attract new members. Today there are over 1300 members. Are you one?
If you are a member, you likely already know about the great information and resources that are available to you... including content for DB2 on Linux, UNIX, Windows, System z, and System i:
Did you also know that there are 49 groups that you are encouraged to join! The topics range from country-related groups, to certification prep groups, to conference groups. All the groups are open for you to add comments and discussions, but also provide you with targeted information that will surely be very beneficial!
So, join ChannelDB2.com if you aren't currently a member, and if you are a member, get the most from this active social network by joining and participating in the groups.
The groups that I have created (and highly recommend) is DB2 in Books. I'm also a member of the following groups:
I look forward to seeing you join as a member of one of these groups or more!
I just came across this whitepaper The Value of Training and I think this should become required reading for anyone making financial decisions for a company. Unfortunately it is too common and too easy to cut skills development and training budgets in the hopes of improving gross margins.
But, as this whitepaper points out quite effectively, this short-sightedness will cause higher attrition, higher support costs, and the risk of falling behind in technological advances.
But if money's tight, what can you do?
Bottom line... don't sacrifice training budgets in these tough times. Keeping your employees skilled will help you weather the storms.
Mark your calendars for this event:
Accelerate Application Development, Achieve greater business agility and improve business insights with DB2 9 for z/OS pureXML on The World of DB2 for z/OS
Event DescriptionKeeping pace with rapidly changing requirements is a constant challenge for organizations today. One way to meet this challenge is by storing and processing XML natively. Doing so can help enterprises improve application development productivity and quality by eliminating the time-consuming mappings and schema evolution necessary for rapidly changing requirements, thus improving time to market and significantly lowering IT costs.
The breakthrough hybrid database server DB2® 9 for z/OS® integrates XML database technology into relational databases, providing unprecedented scalability and performance for both relational and XML data. The hybrid database server also helps improve performance and scalability by avoiding complex joins commonly seen in an object persistence solution with relational databases. This teleconference offers an overview of pureXML™ technology in DB2 9 for z/OS, its business values and technical feature details.
See more details and RSVP on The World of DB2 for z/OS.