I just read the transcript of an interview with John Patrick titled HOW BLOGS AND PODCASTS FOSTER INNOVATION. I found it very interesting and would like to share it with you. Here is the site where you can find the transcript:
I've finally created my first podcast. I don't have it stored on the internet yet, but am working on it. I did a 4 minute introduction to the book: "Understanding DB2". I found it very easy to create the podcast and have been told that it is well done. I plan to record an introduction to more of the books that I care about and share them with you.
Stay tuned and I'll tell you when the podcast is available.
Keep on Learning
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By Raul Chong, Clara Liu, Sylvia Qi, Dwaine Snow
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Full price: 54.99
Bundle information and price: ISBN: 0132227673; $78.30
If you become an IBM Press member, your price is $73.95. This is a savings of $41.03 if you buy the bundle rather than each book individually.
If this bundle doesn't appeal to you, check out one of these:
The Foundation for Certification Bundle
Essentials for DBAs Bundle
z/OS and Loving It Bundle
I haven't yet figured out whether these bundles and their prices will disappear at some point or not. I'm checking into it and will update this post.
Have you taken IBM certification exams in the past, but don't remember what you've passed? Have you received the certificates that you are entitled to? Check on the Member Site for IBM Certified Professionals to see where you stand.
IBM's Certification Member Site allows you to:
* View your test and certification history, including shipping status of certificates
* Submit requests to merge multiple candidate/testing IDs
* View and update your demographic information
* Request additional copies of your certificates (softcopy via email or hardcopy)
* Download the IBM Certification marks to which you are entitled
Remember, certification results are confidential to you, so if you have earned a certification, the only way for your manager to know is if you tell them. I suggest that you print a copy of the certificate and give it directly to your manager.
When in University, we were given a list of books that we were required to buy and a schedule of when our classes were. We bought the books, went to classes, and were asked to read the book in preparation for the classes.... is this how professional education is handled as well?
It seems to me that professional education is handled or expected to be different. Most of the classes I've attended since graduating from University, the instructor gives a list of suggested books, but typically none are listed as required and fewer yet are handed out in the class to be used in conjunction with the classroom education.
Personally I think that different people learn in different ways. Some people need an instructor to tell them the important points in the lectures and direct them to the labs, exercises and additional reading. There are others who prefer to read a book on their own time, try the examples in the book and learn by doing.
In the case of classroom education, I think that if a student was given a complementary book to take back to the office, he or she would be able to reinforce what was learned in class and would have a reference book for learning about topics that may not have been covered in class.
I'm mentioning this because I recently arranged for a couple of IBM's classes to hand out a book to students who take the class. Here are the details:
*Free book Offer* CF120 * DB2 SQL Workshop * 2 Days * $1,050
Learn about SQL and how it applies to the entire DB2 UDB Family. This course is appropriate for individuals working in a z/OS, VM/VSE, Linus, UNIX, or Windows environment. Complete extensive hands-on exercises to develop your skills to use the SQL you learn. Perform these exercises either by using the DB2 UDB for Linux, UNIX, or Windows product in a Windows environment or by using the DB2 UDB for z/OS product through a Time Sharing Option (TSO) interface to a z/OS system. This course has been updated to V8.
Get your free copy of "Understanding DB2" while supplies last for classes during February, March and April.
*Free book Offer* U5732 * DB2 Family Introduction Mini-Curriculum * 4 Days * $1,945
Learn the functions and components of IBM DB2 UDB, a relational database manager, which may be installed on a variety of operating systems including z/OS, AIX, Linux, HP-UX, Sun, and Windows operating systems. Discuss the DB2 UDB products and services. Focus on the services DB2 UDB provides and how they work. Learn about SQL and how it applies to the entire DB2 UDB Family. Seven labs are included to address using DB2 UDB for z/OS Version 8 and DB2 UDB for Linux, UNIX and Windows Version 8.
Get your free copy of "Understanding DB2" while supplies last for classes during February, March and April.
If you get a chance, tell me what you think of this idea... would you like to see more IBM and non-IBM classes include a free book with the student materials? In certain cases, should a book be sent to the student in advance as a prerequisite? What do you think?
The featured title for January is the DB2 Express: Easy Development and Administration.
Stay tuned for more news about DB2 Express, the product. Here is a website that will be updated with the news later this month:
The list of books that readers of the db2mag.com voted on are similar to the list that I put together a month ago on my blog.
DB2 Magazine Email Newsletter
Volume 6, Issue 12
"If gifts of knowledge are on your holiday list, take another look at these five titles that clicked with this newsletter's readers.
--SQL in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition
--Understanding DB2: Learning Visually with Examples
--Self-Service Linux: Determining Problems and Finding Solutions
--Rexx Programmer's Reference
--Apache Derby--Off to the Races
Congratulations to the authors of these books for publishing one of the best books of the year! Thanks also to the staff at db2mag.com for their continued interest in the books that we publish.
certmag.com just published the following article:
Database Administrators: Multitasking for Advancement
January 2006 - by Cari Mclean
Two of my workmates were quoted in the article.
Sue Myers, program director of information management skills at IBM.
Being proactive and agile in today's marketplace is essential to staying ahead of the technology curve. "We are on a cusp of a change in terms of how information is collected and how it is used," Sue Myers said. "So the opportunity for a DBA's future career growth is to step into that leadership position and to drive the strategic direction of where the data is goingn applications and the overall business environment."
Susan Dykman, information management certification program manager for IBM.
"Today, certifications for DBAs are the foundation required, and they are the proof of entry. We have done extensive looks into how employers value certification, and we have found if someone is hiring and the only difference between applicants is that applicant A has a certification and applicant B does not, the employer is going to pick applicant A," said Susan Dykman.
Read the entire article to get an idea as to how DB2 certifications can help you progress in your career as a DBA.
Happy New Year! I've been on vacation for three weeks, so its taking a bit of time to get through my email and other work.
One question that was emailed to me recently was asking about the availability of FREE sample or assessment questions. We used to have a set of free assessment questions available but now there is a $10 charge for each attempt. To access these exams, see: http://www.ibm.com/software/data/education/cert/assessment.html
An alternative to these $10 assessment exams is for you to borrow or purchase one of the study guides that provide a collection of sample questions AND answers. Here is a list of the books that I'd suggest:
For Exam 700:
Understanding DB2 - Learning Visually with Examples by Raul Chong, Dwaine Snow, Sylvia Qi, Clara Liu
DB2 Universal Database V8.1 Certification Test 700 Study Guide by Roger Sanders
Teach Yourself DB2 Universal Database in 21 Days by Susan Visser and Bill Wong
For Exam 701 or 706:
DB2 Universal Database V8.1 Certification Exams 701 and 706 Study Guide by Roger Sanders
For Exam 703:
DB2 UDB V8.1 Certification Test 703 Study Guide by Roger Sanders
For Exam 704:
Advanced DBA Certification Guide and Reference for DB2 Universal Database v8.1 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows, First Edition Dwaine Snow and Thomas Xuan Phan
These books range in price from $35 to $50 and contain the information to help you prepare for the exam PLUS 200 or so sample questions and answers per book. This sounds like excellent value for the price!
I wish you all the best for the coming year!
The three-book set of certification study guides written by Roger Sanders have been bundled together for a special price on informit.com and ibmpressbooks.com:
Are you preparing for DB2 certification? Improve your readiness with this collection of books. Author Roger Sanders is a DB2 expert who was involved in the development of these exams so you'll get sample questions straight from the source! Each book covers all the material you need to pass version 8 certification exams 700, 701, 703, and 706.
Included in the bundle are the following three books:
* DB2 Universal Database V8.1 Certification Exam 700 Study Guide
* DB2 Universal Database V8.1 Certification Exams 701 and 706 Study Guide
* DB2 Universal Database V8.1 Certification Exam 703 Study Guide
Author Roger Sanders was a member of the DB2 Version 8 Exam Development team, so he was an ideal person to write these study guides. Also, if you ever read one of Roger's books, you'll know first hand how good he is at explaining complex topics.
Besides being the only set of books that focus directly on what you need to know to do well on the exams, these books contain hundreds of assessment questions to help you gauge your readiness to take the real exams.
I prefer to send people to amazon and its related sites for people to purchase technical books for their great prices, ranking and review system, and international presence. Outside of amazon, I would recommend the following places:
This is the "bookstore" that my team maintains. We choose a new title roughly every month and usually link from the book to amazon.com.
This is the site that is maintained by IBM and is updated with the latest on the IBM Press books that are available.
This is the site that our publishing partner, Pearson Education, updates. From here you can get a newsletter, purchase books, get chapter downloads, and more. Quite often we'll point to this site if we have an electronic coupon that we are promoting.
If you DO NOT reside in the US and would like to purchase books in your local currency with lower shipping costs, use this link. From here you can get to our Canadian http://www.pearsontechnology.ca/DB2/ or European http://www.pearson-books.com/ibmpressbookshop/ IBM Press pages. We've also listed the books that are available in translated or low cost editions with details as to how you can order them.
5) http://safari.informit.com/ or http://www.books24x7.com
For electronic versions of books see either of these sites. IBM employees have a subscription to books 24x7, but many universities, colleges, and business have a subscription to Safari. Both engines allow individual subscribers as well.
If you work for IBM, go to this site for details on how to access employee purchase sites.
I'd like to say that you can also buy technical books in bookstores, but this is usually only true for mass appeal books. One day I hope that DB2 books move into this category!
If you have another favourite place where you buy books, share your information.
Here is a list of the top ten best-selling DB2 books for this year:
1) DB2 Universal Database V8 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration Certification Guide, Fifth Edition: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0130463612
2) Understanding DB2: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0131859161
3) Advanced DBA Certification Guide and Reference for DB2 Universal Database v8 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0130463884
4) DB2 Universal Database V8.1 Certification Exam 700 Study Guide: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0131424653
5) DB2 Universal Database V8 Handbook for Windows, UNIX, and Linux: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0130661112
6) DB2 Universal Database V8.1 Certification Exams 701 and 706 Study Guide: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0131840487
7) DB2 Version 8:The Official Guide: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0131401580
8) DB2 for z/OS Version 8 DBA Certification Guide: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0131491202
9) DB2 Universal Database V8 Application Development Certification Guide, Second Edition: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0130463914
10) DB2 SQL PL, Second Edition: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0131477005
Note, I don't have data for the non-IBM Press books, but I'm sure some of them have sold very well:
DB2 Developer's Guide (5th Edition): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0672326132
Sams Teach Yourself DB2 Universal Database in 21 Days, Second Edition: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0672325829
Thanks to all who have bought these books and have helped make them successful!
Apache Con starts this Sunday in San Diego: http://apachecon.com
George Baklarz, one of the authors of "Apache Derby-Off to the Races", will be at the conference giving a free copy of the book to each attendee!
If you are not attending the conference, we've set up an electronic coupon that gives you a 35% discount and free shipping in the US. See http://www.ibm.com/software/data/education/bookstore/ for details.
I've made this book the Recommended Book for December" as well.
"Apache Derby-Off to the Races," includes details of IBM Cloudscape. Derby benefits include running on both Linux and Windows and supporting JDBC, SQLJ, PHP, Python and Perl--open source at its finest. The book illustrates all the basics of the database and provides an extensive overview of all the APIs supported by IBM Cloudscape. Sample applications are worked throughout the book, and the reader may apply skills learned immediately.
In his Monday, December 05, 2005 blog entry, Ravi reviewed the Self Service Linux - Mastering the Art of Problem Determination book. Here are some of his comments:
Things I found interesting in this book
* This book takes a practical approach to problem determination and solving.
* Is peppered with sample code and walk throughs which I found useful in understanding a problem. I especially liked the presentation of strace and gdb.
* Concepts are explained in a simple and lucid manner keeping complex jargon to a minimum.
* Though entry level programmers will find this book a bit on the far side, more experienced people can look forward to gaining a lot of knowledge from this book.
All in all a good book worthy of a place in the reference book shelf of a programmer or system administrator.
See http://linuxhelp.blogspot.com/ for the full review.
Details on the book can be found on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/013147751X/102-8524566-1932154 where you can currently get 34% off the retail price of the book!
I wanted to point out these Application Development ebooks to you:
These eBooks (http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/db2/library/techarticle/dm-0511appdev/)take you through a guided tour of your chosen programming model and the accompanying native support enablement that comes with IBM DB2 Universal Database. You'll quickly find that the interfaces, the tooling, and the help are all cognizant of your choice of programming model. When it comes to application developers and DB2 UDB, you truly can have your cake and eat it too. When it comes to application developers, no other database provides the level of tooling and language integration like DB2 UDB. Whether you want to write your applications in an Open Source language like PHP, you're exploring the world of Web services vis-a-vis a Services Oriented Architecture (SOA), live for Java, or love .NET, the DB2 UDB database platform is there for you. See for yourself just how easy it is to develop applications for the DB2 platform!
Just a side note on one of the authors: I recommended Paul Zikopoulos as a guest lecturer at Queen's University. Paul did an amazing job and the Queen's professor said that Paul was the best guest lecturer he's had in over 10 years! If you get a chance to hear Paul speak, I suggest that you take the opportunity. If that's not possible, I suggest that you pick up one of the many retail books that Paul's been involved with:
Apache Derby / Cloudscape - Off to the Races
The Official Guide to DB2 V8
Yesterday I took part in an event that our skill resouces team ran to give information about certification testing to our 2500 employees of the Toronto Lab. I thought I'd share with you a few of the tips that I provided to these attendees.
Select desired certification by visiting http://www.ibm.com/software/data/education/cert/
This site was recently re-launched and is the best place to start to find out everything you will want to know about getting prepared to take a DB2 certification exam.
* Certification Roadmaps
* Complimentary Certification Tutorials
* Exam Preparation Documents
* On-line Assessment Exams
* Certification Guides
* Certification Process Checklist
Recommended Study Materials for DB2 Certification Exams
Exams 700, 701, and 703 each have a study guides written specifically for the exam. See http://www.ibm.com/software/data/education/bookstore/certify.html for a list of the books that are available to prepare for exams within each job role.
DB2 UDB V8.1 Certification Test 700 Study Guide by Roger Sanders
DB2 UDB V8.1 Certification Test 701 and 706 Study Guide by Roger Sanders
DB2 UDB V8.1 Certification Test 703 Study Guide by Roger Sanders
The series of study guides by Roger Sanders is recommended for those who need a quick refresh of the exam material. He includes sample questions and has focused the books on just what you need to pass the exams.
DB2 UDB v8.1 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration Certification Guide, 5/e by George Baklarz, Bill Wong
DB2 UDB v8.1 Application Development Certification Guide, 2/e by Steve Sanyal, Kevin Gashyna, David Martineau, Mike Kyprianou
Advanced DBA Certification Guide and Reference for DB2 Universal Database v8.1 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows, 1/e by Dwaine Snow, Tom Phan
The series of Certification Guides is recommended for those who need to prepare for the exam, but also wish to have information beyond the exam for learning or reference purposes.