It isn't due to publish until December, but the excitement for this book is already increasing. Pre-order the book from amazon.com now and get a 37% discount:
IBM DB2 9 New Features (Paperback)by Paul Zikopoulos, George Baklarz, Leon Katsnelson, Chris EatonList Price: $39.99You Save: $14.80 (37%)
Part of the foreword, written by Dr. Ambuj Goyal:
As you dig into this treatise, you’ll be learning about one of the most innovative deliveries of information management capability in the last 25 years. Innovation like that doesn’t come easily. Including features like pureXML™, and “deep” compression capabilities, DB2 9 is the culmination of over 5 years of research, and comes as a result of more than 750 people and the resources from IBM research facilities collaborating across 8 countries. Our effort builds on IBM’s long string of database innovation, including the invention of relational database over 30 years ago.
You’ll learn the details of DB2 9 in this book. But just as important, each chapter attempts to position the data server innovation of DB2 9 and how that will enable the business innovation your company needs. Enjoy it!***
I've been working with all four authors for many years now and believe that they are the best people to deliver this type of information to you. I expect this book to be a very huge seller. About the authors:*Paul C. Zikopoulos, BA, MBA, is an award-winning writer and speaker with the IBM Database Competitive Technologies team. He has more than ten years of experience with DB2 products and has written numerous magazine articles and books about it. Paul has co-authored several top-selling books.*George Baklarz, B Math, M Sc (Comp Science) is a senior manager in the DB2 Worldwide Pre-sales Support Group. He works closely with customers to help them understand new Information Management technology and to gain their feedback for improving DB2 products. He has more than 20 years of experience with DB2 and has co-authored a number of books. In addition, he is a member of the International DB2 Users Group Speaker and Volunteer Hall of Fame. In his spare time, he lectures at the University of Guelph (Database Theory) and presents at a variety of user conferences, including the International DB2 Users Group.*Leon Katsnelson works in the IBM Toronto Lab where he manages a team of product managers responsible for the IBM DB2 UDB products. Leon is a recognized expert in the areas of DB2 application development and DB2 Connect. Leon has 20 years of experience with complex database and network systems. Leon has worked on DB2 Connect from very beginning and worked on this project as the product planner, development manager and product manager. He is often referred to “the father of DB2 Connect”.*Chris Eaton is Senior Product Manager for DB2 Universal Database primarily focused on planning and strategy for DB2 UDB. Chris has been working with DB2 on the Linux, UNIX, Windows platform for over 13 years. From customer support to development manager of the DB2 Control Center team to Externals Architect and now as Product Manager for DB2 UDB, Chris has spent his career listening to customers and working to make DB2 a better product. Chris is also the author of The High Availability Guide for DB2 available from Prentice Hall.*Susan[Read More]
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A series of webinars aimed at DB2 application developers begins tomorrow, Tuesday August 29, 2006. The first one is titled "XML and DB2": For developers who want to know how to develop XML applications in DB2, how XML works in DB2 and what the unique and essential benefits are, this is the webinar you need to attend. Specifically, the following topics will be covered:
1) How does pureXMLTM integrate with DB2 9?2) How do you develop XML applications in DB2?3) What are the unique and essential XML benefits provided by DB2 9?
Other webinars planned for this series include:
1) Rational Application Developer & DB2 - Working Together2) Using DB2 9 Developer Workbench (DWB)3) .NET Development with DB24) Perl / Zend and DB25) EGL and DB2
Following are the details for the first webinar:
DATE: August 29, 2006TIME: 11:30 Central / 12:30 EasternDURATION: 2 hoursAUDIO: Tollfree: 1-888-791-6044Toll: 1-517-623-4202Passcode: 38606
WEBCAST:Prior to conference:1) When joining the web conference, you will be asked for an IBM ID and password.2) To verify an existing IBM ID and password, please visit http://www.ibm.com/account/profile to ensure valid sign incredentials and review your registration information.3) If you need a new IBM ID and password, visit http://www.ibm.com/account/profile/us?page=reg to register.4) If this is your first IBM Web Conference, attend the special "test" meeting to make sure that you can join easily. Visit http://www.ibm.com/collaboration/collaboratenow and click "test meeting"5) IBM employees please use your intranet id and password.6) To join the conference, a Windows 2000 or Windows XP computer is required.
To join conference:1) Direct your web browser to the following URL: https://www.ibm.com/collaboration/webconferences/meetingdetails.jsp?meetingId=2CF84BA00A5CFDC45B3D6F1B0D43C0A42) When asked, enter your user name and password. Customers use your IBM ID.3) When prompted, enter the web conference password: db2ibm4) Dial into audio conference with number and passcode listed above.
Additional web conference details:Conference name: AD_WebinarPassword: db2ibm
The SOA Compass book continues to be a fast moving book. Have you had a chance to look at it yet? To download one of the chapters, see http://www.ibmpressbooks.com/bookstore/product.asp?isbn=0131870025&rl=1 This site also contains many customer reactions to the book such as this one:
"Service-Oriented Architecture offers a pathway tonetworking of intra- and inter-corporate business systems.The standards have the potential to create far more flexibleand resilient business information systems than have beenpossible in the past. This book is a must-read for those whocare about the future of business IT." –Elizabeth Hackenson,CIO, MCI
If you have access to Books 24x7 or Safari, you should be able to read this book entirely or in part electronically.
Today's electronic edition of DB2 Magazine has an article by Howard Fosdick about the IBM Business Intelligence certification exam. His article discusses the credentials required as well as directs the reader to the appropriate study materials.
Here's an intro and link to the article:
With companies clamoring for business intelligence, a certification credential can give DBAs and programmers an significantedge with employers. Certification columnist Howard Fosdick hands out the inside intel on passing IBM's DB2-based business intelligence exam.
--Read Fosdick's columnhttp://news.db2mag.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/eycu0FlZ1Y0FLd0EhzV0AH
I'm sure you've heard about the big combined conference for the Information Management brand that is taking place this fall. If not, here are the facts about the conference:
IBM Information On Demand 2006 (http://www.ibm.com/software/data/ondemandbusiness/conf2006/), October 15-20th, 2006, Anaheim, CA IBM Information Management is hosting its first-ever global conference this year, IBM Information On Demand 2006, for business and IT executives, managers, professionals, database administrators and developers.
One event, more value IBM Information On Demand 2006 incorporates six previous Information Management conferences:IBM DB2® Information Management Technical Conference; IBM Content Management Technical Conference; Business Intelligence Customer Solutions Summit; IMS Technical Conference; Master Data Management Conference; and Information Integration Live!
By combining individual conferences into one global event, you gain access and exposure to the full breadth of IBM Information Management technologies and experts. More IBM technical and business solutions content will be in one place than ever before! Select from over 800 sessions: a 2 1/2 day business leadership track with 180 sessions and a 4 1/2 day technical track with 650 sessions.
I've just been informed that I am able to attend the conference. I'll have to find a few sessions that I'd like to attend, but my primary goal of the week will be to run a few round table discussions. There will be one about skills and another specifically for publishing. I've also been asked to help coordinate the author signings that we have set up. I've also arranged for a great giveaway at the keynote session. I may stop by to see if the certification team needs help with the exams, or maybe I'll take one or more of the new V9 exams that will be launched at the conference, and available free of charge.
Let me know if you are going and what you are most looking forward to.
Last week I received an email from a friend who was in a bookstore in the Tulsa OK airport. He found the IBM Press book "Can two rights make a wrong". Not many IBM Press books end up in bookstores, especially in airports, because they are not considered mass appeal books like a Microsoft books tend to be. But maybe this is a start!
So instead of looking for DB2 or IBM books in bookstores, try some of the great online bookstores that are available that tend to offer greatly discounted prices. Some of my favourites:
United States: http://www.ibmpressbooks.com(At checkout time, uUse the coupon code IBMSALES to get a 35% discount.)
Canada:http://www.pearsontech.ca/db2(Always a 30% discount)
Europe http://www.pearson-books.com/ibmpressbookshop/ (Always a 35% discount and free shipping to residents of EMEA.)
India:http://www.prakashbooks.com/(Search on DB2. Prices in local currency for residents of India.)
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Scott Ambler recently contacted me to tell me that he is now an employee of IBM working in the Rational area and that he and co-author Sadalage Pramodkumar have published a book that might be of interest to the database community. Scott gave me a copy of the book and it certainly looks interesting. Take a look at the abstract of the book and let me know what you think:
Refactoring Databases: Evolutionary Database DesignAuthors: Scott W. Ambler, Pramodkumar J. SadalageISBN: 0321293533
This comprehensive guide and reference helps you overcome the practical obstacles to refactoring real-world databases by covering every fundamental concept underlying database refactoring. Using start-to-finish examples, the authors walk you through refactoring simple standalone database applications as well as sophisticated multi-application scenarios. You’ll master every task involved in refactoring database schemas, and discover best practices for deploying refactorings in even the most complex production environments.
The second half of this book systematically covers five major categories of database refactorings. You’ll learn how to use refactoring to enhance database structure, data quality, and referential integrity; and how to refactor both architectures and methods. This book provides an extensive set of examples built with Oracle and Java and easily adaptable for other languages, such as C#, C++, or VB.NET, and other databases, such as DB2, SQL Server, MySQL, and Sybase.
Using this book’s techniques and examples, you can reduce waste, rework, risk, and cost–and build database systems capable of evolving smoothly, far into the future.
*****Save 40% on Select DB2 Books For a limited time, you can save 40% plus free US shipping on three of our most popular DB2 books. Enter case-sensitive coupon code: IBMDB2 at Step #3 during checkout to receive the discount, and complimentary shipping. Order now as this offer expires 12/31/06.
The International DB2 Users Group (IDUG®) is pleased to promote the SoftBase DB2 UDB for z/OS Version 8: FOR DEVELOPERS ONLY Webinar featuring Craig S. Mullins, a DB2 educational event being held this Wednesday, May 3, 2006 at 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST.
This technical session will highlight DB2 UDB for z/OS Version 8 enhancements that directly impact DB2 application developers when performing their jobs. The target audience is Application Developers, Project Leaders, Application Managers or any IT staff members who will be involved in developing, testing and deploying DB2 for z/OS Version 8 applications.
To register for this Webinar, please visit http://www.softbase.com/db2developersonly/index.php?ncid=4606
Highlights of this Webinar include:* Overview of all key SQL enhancements within DB2 UDB for z/OS Version 8 such as SELECT from INSERT, MULTI-ROW FETCH & INSERT, SEQUENCE and IDENTITY columns and MULTIPLE DISTINCT* Review of all new DB2 for z/OS Version 8 SQL Error Codes* Examples of program code to handle new DB2 Version 8 GET DIAGNOSTICS and SQL Error Codes* Explanation of new Star Join enhancements in DB2 for z/OS Version 8* Explanation of new Recursive SQL* Review of new Materialized Query Tables in DB2 Version 8 that dramatically improve DB2 Data Warehousing Application performance* SoftBase will be raffling off 10 free copies of the DB2 Developer's Guide by Craig S. Mullins to registered participants at the end of the webinar* All webinar attendees will receive complimentary SoftBase DB2 for z/OS Version 8 Highlights and SQL Error Code reference cards* And much, much more![Read More]
The second edition of the Information Management Professional Certification Newsletter is now available:http://www.ibm.com/software/data/education/cert-newsletter.html.
In this edition, find out about the certifications that are currently under development and when they are expected to be live. You'll see a list of the events where certifications are being offered for free or at a reduced price. Also, you'll have links to the latest white papers and offers.
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Learn about why you should care about DB2 Express-C by reading this excellent article by Ted Wasserman: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/db2/library/techarticle/dm-0603wasserman2/?ca=dnw-712
Also, the electronic coupon for the book [b]DB2 Express: Easy Development and Administration[/b] by Paul Yip, Kit Man Cheung, Jason Gartner, Clara Liu and Stephen O'Connell is still active, giving you a 30% discount off the regular price of the book.
Order through the site: http://ibmpressbooks.com/title/0131463977
Enter EXPRESS as the coupon when checking out.