They're nearly all gone! Don't miss out on the chance to get your very own Chumby. You must enroll in an eligible U.S. class by December 9 and attend by December 12.
For more information, including a list of eligible classes, see the chumby site.
Enjoy! And... if you get one, be sure to tell me how much you like it. A chumby was on display at the IOD conference and it looks pretty interesting!
Keep on Learning
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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!
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Last week I blogged about our Chumby Promotion and I just learned that the promotion is proving to be VERY successful! Is this because the Chumby is so cool.... or because database skills are in hot demand?
Check it out for yourself!
Also a hit: Chrome. While refilling my tea, I chatted with Peter Kohlmann who just installed Chrome and gave it two thumbs up ... for numerous reasons, including its speed and the cool comic book! He did a good job of convincing me... I'm about to install Chrome myself to see what the hype is about!
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The good news is that Roger Sanders has just completed the manuscript for the Exam 730 Study Guide. The bad news is that it won't be published until May, just in time for the IDUG NA Conference in San Jose. By the way, Roger will also be running his extremely popular and well-received crammer course at the IDUG NA conference as well. See the conference agenda for information.
I've known Roger since 1997 when he first began writing retail books for DB2. In the past 10 years, Roger has been successful at writing numerous books, redbooks, articles, tutorials and ebooks. By far, the most prolific author I know... although Paul Zikopoulos is a close rival :)
I recommend Roger's publications for a number of reasons. First of all, he is an excellent writer! He makes complicated topics easy to understand and is successful at writing material that is NOT BORING. Secondly, when it comes to study guides, Roger makes sure that he creates many extra questions for readers to try to answer and then learn from the answer. His up coming book has 150 study questions! And some of the explanations take over a page to explain why the correct answer is correct.
Not including the study guide mentioned above, here is a list of the publications that Roger has published. I've added links to the current content.
Using the IBM System Storage N Series with Databases (co-author)IBM Redbooks, 2007 (To be published early 2007)
Integrating IBM DB2 with the IBM System Storage N Series (co-author)IBM Redbooks, 2006 (ISBN 0738496855, 102 pages)
Using IBM DB2 UDB with IBM System Storage N Series (co-author)IBM Redbooks, 2006 (ISBN 0738496820, 130 pages)
DB2 Universal Database V8.1 Certification Exam 703 Study GuideIBM Press/Prentice Hall, 2004 (ISBN 0131840495, 499 pages)Also available in Books 24x7 and Safari.
DB2 Universal Database V8.1 Certification Exam 701/706 Study GuideIBM Press/Prentice Hall, 2004 (ISBN 0131840487, 486 pages)Also available in Books 24x7 and Safari.
DB2 Universal Database V8.1 Certification Exam 700 Study GuideIBM Press/Prentice Hall, 2003 (ISBN 0131424653, 416 pages)Also available in Books 24x7 and Safari.Translated and printed in Russian
DB2 UDB Exploitation of NAS Technologies (co-author)IBM Redbooks, 2002 (ISBN 0738425222, 288 pages)
All-in-One DB2 Administration Exam GuideMcGraw-Hill, 2002 (ISBN 0072133759, 840 pages)Translated and printed in Chinese
DB2 Universal Database SQL Developer’s GuideMcGraw-Hill, 2000 (ISBN 0071353895, 834 pages)Translated and printed in Chinese
DB2 Universal Database API Developer’s GuideMcGraw-Hill, 2000 (ISBN 0071353925, 640 pages)Translated and printed in Chinese
DB2 Universal Database Call Level Interface (CLI) Developer’s GuideMcGraw-Hill, 1999 (ISBN 0071345728, 740 pages)
ODBC 3.5 Developer’s GuideMcGraw-Hill, 1999 (ISBN 0070580871, 975 pages)
The Developer’s Handbook to DB2 for Common ServersMcGraw-Hill, 1997 (ISBN 007057725, 1146 pages)
Database Cloning (Distributed DBA Column)DB2 Magazine, Quarter 4, 2006 – Volume 11 Number 4
What’s it to you? DB2’s XML support is here. Are you ready to handle it? (Distributed DBA Column)DB2 Magazine, Quarter 3, 2006 – Volume 11 Number 3
Beyond the Default (Part 2) (Distributed DBA Column)DB2 Magazine, Quarter 2, 2006 – Volume 11 Number 2 Beyond the Default (Distributed DBA Column)DB2 Magazine, Quarter 1, 2006 – Volume 11 Number 1
Split Mirroring (Distributed DBA Column)DB2 Magazine, Quarter 4, 2005 – Volume 10 Number 4
Rollforward Recovery (Distributed DBA Column)DB2 Magazine, Quarter 3, 2005 – Volume 10 Number 3
Protecting DB2’s Image (Distributed DBA Column)DB2 Magazine, Quarter 2, 2005 – Volume 10 Number 2
The Cornerstone of Crash Recovery (Distributed DBA Column)DB2 Magazine, Quarter 1, 2005 – Volume 10 Number 1
Performance Monitoring, Part 3 (Distributed DBA Column)DB2 Magazine, Quarter 4, 2004 – Volume 9 Number 4
Improving DB2 Universal Database PerformanceCertification Magazine, October, 2004
Performance Monitoring, Part 2 (Distributed DBA Column)DB2 Magazine, Quarter 3, 2004 – Volume 9 Number 3
Performance Monitoring, Part 1: It’s a Snap(shot)(Distributed DBA Column)DB2 Magazine, Quarter 2, 2004 – Volume 9 Number 2
Basic Performance Tuning, Part 3 (Distributed DBA Column)DB2 Magazine, Quarter 1, 2004 – Volume 9 Number 1
Basic Performance Tuning, Part 2 (Distributed DBA Column)DB2 Magazine, Quarter 4, 2003 – Volume 8 Number 4
Basic Performance Tuning, Part 1 (Distributed DBA Column)DB2 Magazine, Quarter 3, 2003 – Volume 8 Number 3
Demystifying FFDC DataDB2 Magazine, Quarter 1, 2003 – Volume 8 Number 1
Understanding DB2 for Common Server’s Two-Phase Commit Process,DB2 Magazine, Spring 1998, Volume 3 Number 1,
Developing Database Applications with Call Level Interface in DB2 for Common Servers,IDUG Solutions Journal, Volume 4 Number 2, May 1997
Database Recovery Mechanisms for DB2 for Common Servers,Platinum Edge, Volume 3 Number 4, December 1996
TECHNICAL WHITE PAPERS:
Integrating PeopleSoft 8.4 GL Batch with IBM DB2 UDB ESE V8.1 (64 Bit) for AIX on IBM eServer pSeries p630 and Network Appliance FAS960 Enterprise ServerNetwork Appliance, Inc. (Technical Report 3279)http://www.netapp.com/tech_library
DB2 Universal Database Enterprise Server Edition V8.1 - Basic Performance Tuning GuidelinesNetwork Appliance, Inc. (Technical Report 3290)http://www.netapp.com/tech_library
IBM DB2 UDB Enterprise Server Edition V8.1 for UNIX: Integrating with a NetApp FilerNetwork Appliance, Inc. (Technical Report 3272)http://www.netapp.com/tech_library
DB2 Universal Database Enterprise Edition V7.2 - Basic Performance Tuning GuidelinesNetwork Appliance, Inc. (Technical Report 3222)http://www.netapp.com/tech_library
DB2 Universal Database Enterprise Edition V7 for Solaris: Integrating with DAFS Database Accelerator (DDA) and a Network Appliance FilerNetwork Appliance, Inc. (Technical Report 3185)http://www.netapp.com/tech_library
DB2 UDB Enterprise Edition V7 for Windows NT, Backup and Recovery Using a NetApp FilerNetwork Appliance, Inc. (Technical Report 3126)http://www.netapp.com/tech_library
Accessing Data from Your PC Using Version 7 of the SAS System,Proceedings of the 23rd Annual SAS Users Group International Conference, March 1998
OTHER: Tutorials: DB2 V9.1 Database Administration for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Certification Preparation - Part 4: Database Monitoring, 2006
Tutorials: DB2 V9.1 User Certification Preparation - Part 6: Database Concurrency, 2006
DB2 UDB Triggers,Knowledge Xpert for DB2, Quest Software, 2005
DB2 UDB Error Handling,Knowledge Xpert for DB2, Quest Software, 2005
DB2 UDB SQL Overview,Knowledge Xpert for DB2, Quest Software, 2004
Demystifying First Failure Data Capture (FFDC) Data,Knowledge Xpert for DB2, Quest Software, 2004
Understanding DB2 UDB’s Two-Phase Commit Process,Knowledge Xpert for DB2, Quest Software, 2004
Basic DB2 UDB Performance Tuning Guidelines,Knowledge Xpert for DB2, Quest Software, 2004
DB2 UDB’s Snapshot Monitor,Knowledge Xpert for DB2, Quest Software, 2004
Managing Log Files with a User Exit Program,Knowledge Xpert for DB2, Quest Software, 2004
Tutorials: DB2 V8 Application Development Certification Preparation - Part 3 of 7: Embedded SQL Programming,http://www.ibm.com/developerWorks, 2004
Tutorials: DB2 V8 Application Development Certification Preparation - Part 4 of 7: CLI/ODBC Programming,http://www.ibm.com/developerWorks, 2004
Tutorials: DB2 V8.1 Family Fundamentals Certification Preparation - Part 6: Database Concurrency,http://www.ibm.com/developerWorks, 2003
Tutorials: DB2 V7.1 User Certification Preparation - Part 6: Database Concurrency,http://www.ibm.com/developerWorks, 2002
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DB2 Magazine's collection of electronic books as grown with the addition of THE COOL FACTOR: Modern developments stomp the mainframe-as-dinosaur myth for good, written by DB2 Magazine columnist Robert Catterall. DB2 Magazine columnist Robert Catterall explains what many companies already know: the mainframe is a great platform for the most modern IT initiatives, including those that use service-oriented architectures, XML, J2EE applications, XML, and more. Download this new e-book to find out how your mainframe skills bring value to the latest technology projects.
Other e-books that can be found on the site include:
* XML FOR JAVA DEVELOPERSDB2 9 introduced powerful XML management capabilities. Download this new e-book from DB2 Magazine to find out how the techniques you use every day can help you put that power to work. You'll learn XML programming tips for Java developers, see detailed Java application examples, and get a recap of all the new features and functions that ease Java development.
* TAKING AIM AT PERFORMANCE PROBLEMSStop wasting time on hit-or-miss tuning exercises. Event monitors and snapshots show you exactly where to point your efforts.
* SPOTLIGHT ON XMLDB2 9's "pureXML" technology introduces powerful XML management capabilities. Here's how to use the skills you already have to put that power to work.
* APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT OPTIONS: PERL, PHP, AND REXXWhen it comes to Development, DB2 is open to all options. IBM's commitment to open, standards-based interfaces and its support for a range of tools mean that developers can build DB2 applications with the tools and programming languages they like.
This special e-book presents DB2-specific code, tips, and techniques for working with three increasingly popular choices: Perl, PHP and Rexx.
* DEVELOPING DB2 APPLICATIONS: THE PLATFORM CHOICE IS YOURSWhen it comes to application development, Java junkies and .Net devotees may never see eye to eye. If they're developing for DB2, they don’t have to. DB2 UDB v.8.2 shipped earlier this year with something for every developer, regardless of platform preference. This must-read e-book highlights the latest in DB2 application development, with platform-specific examples, expert guidance, and more.
* BRIDGING THE ISLANDSNow you can connect Informix data with other corporate information. The result? An impressive enterprise view.
* DB2 UDB THE AUTONOMIC COMPUTING ADVANTAGEGetting the most from today's complex database systems is a challenge. Learn how self-managing capabilities in DB2 UDB v.8.2 do some of the work for you.
* THE BIG LEAGUESIn this special e-book for Informix customers, you'll read how businesses are using the new release of Informix Dynamic Server, how Informix technology is finding its niche in the IBM world, and what IBM's Janet Perna says about the future of Informix at IBM.
* THE PERFORMANCE DIARIESThis special e-book, compiled from three installments of Robert Catterall’s popular DB2 DBA column, brings you all the instructions you'll need to find these details and put them to use in your tuning efforts.
* OPEN THE THROTTLE: Tuning DB2 UDB v.8.1In this three-part series, database performance engineer Roger E. Sanders explains the seven tuning rules every DBA should know and gives a platform-specific guide to getting the best performance from your DB2 UDB implementation. Portable e-book format!
* ON DEMAND: Real Companies, Real BenefitsA special editorial section for CEOs, CTOs, technology-focused executives and managers, and anyone interested in IBM's on-demand concept. These brief articles showcase real companies reaping real benefits from the information-on-demand approach — an infrastructure for getting the right information to the right person at the exact moment it's needed.
I hope you find a topic that is useful to you!
My team is doing a book promotion in conjunction with these two webcasts:
Webcast: The Future of the DBA
Hear Evan Bauer, of Fanzilli/Bauer Technology Partners and Managing Director of Sona Mobile, discuss the evolution of the DBA career based on changing dynamics of IT organizations and the opportunities which exist for DBAs.
Webcast: Java database development with DB2 UDB, Cloudscape, and Informix Dynamic Server (IDS)
Are you up-to-date on the latest advances in Java database development using IBM database servers? Learn about the latest topics for database development using JDBC, SQLJ, and server-side Java stored procedures/functions during this webcast.
Listen to the replay to find out about the promotion.
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.
Exciting new release!
DB2 Express-C, an edition of DB2 Express for the developer and partner community, is a no-charge dataserver for use in development and deployment. Providing the same core data server features,development interfaces as well as system limits as DB2 Express in a smaller package, DB2 Express-Coffers a solid base to build and deploy all applications including: C/C+, Java, .NET, PHP, and more. DB2 Express-C is available for Linux and Windows running on 32 or 64 bit hardware with up to 2CPUs and 4GB of memory. Business partners may register to distribute DB2 Express-C with their products and applications at no-charge.
For information on DB2 Express-C/DB2 Express, FAQs, download, partner solutions highlights & quotes, VMware images, white paper, partner registration form for redistribution, book offer and more-- visit us at http://www.ibm.com/software/data/db2/udb/db2express.
Additional coverage on DB2 Express-C will be available on PW, SMB site, Academic Initiative other IM web pages and a number of launch partner sites in the coming days.
The book offer mentioned above is as follows:
Save 30% on DB2 Express: Easy Application Development and Administration
By Paul Yip, Kit Man Cheung, Jason Gartner, Clara Liu, Stephen O'Connell
For a limited time, you can order this book through the IBM Press Bookstore at 30% off cover price. In addition to the discount, there is also with free UPS Ground shipping within the U.S. (Taxes are additional). To take advantage of this offer, simply click on the title link or cover graphic above and add the book to your shopping cart, following ordering instructions and enter the case-sensitive promotion code EXPRESS at Step #3 during checkout.
Prolific author Paul Zikopoulos has a new article published in DB2 Magazine: http://www.db2mag.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=180206976
The topic: Information at Your Service
Why read it: Go the next step with your data through information-as-a-service. You'll think about information and where, when, and how you're going to leverage it.
Paul's most recent books include:
Apache Derby -- Off to the Races: Includes Details of IBM Cloudscape (http://www.ibmpressbooks.com/title/0131855255)
The Official Guide to DB2 Version 8 (http://www.ibmpressbooks.com/title/0131401580)
Paul and a few others are working on another book right now, and I'll post details when they are firm.
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I've recently read the following articles about the pressure IT people have to continuously upgrade their skills in order to remain employable and valuable to their employers:
IT Workers Battle to Keep Skills CurrentDATE: 04-SEP-2007By Deborah Perelman
Back To School: Funding An Ongoing EducationSeptember 2007 - Daniel Margolis New instructor-led online (ILO) training
My team, WW Data Servers Education & Enablement, is either directly or indirectly involved in the creation of many of the training resources that are available to you in the Data Servers area. Our mission is to establish Education as a business driver for our customer’s and partner’s success. We do this by offering you a variety of ways for you to develop your skills, either as a first time user of database products, or as an established expert who wishes to stay abreast of key changes. Here are some of the things that we offer:
* IBM Training- traditional classroom educationOur excellent instructors, high quality materials and hands-on labs combine for an experience that keeps students coming back. In fact, according to our after-class surveys 93% of our students say they will come back to IBM for more training and 97% are extremely satisfied with their instructor.
Here are some of the courses you may want to consider:DB2 9 for z/OS Application Performance and Tuning (CV960)DB2 9 for z/OS Transition Workshop (CV300)DB2 9 for LUW Advanced Database Recovery (CF492)DB2 9 for LUW Multiple Partition DBA Workshop (CF242)DB2 9 for LUW Multiple Partition Environment for Single Partition DBAs (CG242)
- instructor-led online (ILO) educationILO courses are taught by a live instructor on a specific date and time. These courses are exactly the same as their classroom equivalent, including the course length, content and student materials. Students receive their course materials in advance by mail. To participate on the day of the class, all you need is a high-speed Internet connection. This allows you to connect to a virtual classroom enabling you to interact directly with the instructor to ask questions or clarify material...just as you would in a physical classroom.
Here are some of the courses you may want to consider:DB2 9 Database Administration Workshop for UNIX - Instructor Led Online (3L210)DB2 9 Database Administration Workshop for Windows - Instructor Led Online (3L230)DB2 9 for LUW Quickstart for Experienced Relational DBAs - Instructor Led Online (3L480)DB2 for z/OS Data Sharing Implementation - Instructor Led Online (3V210)DB2 UDB for z/OS Data Sharing Recovery and Restart - Instructor Led Online (3V920)
* CertificationEarning a certification from IBM is a way for you to demonstrate your expertise to the world. It validates your skills and demonstrates your proficiency in the latest IBM technology and solutions. The certification requirements are tough, but it's not rocket science, either. It's a rigorous process that differentiates you from everyone else.
Here are some of the exams that you may want to consider:
Exam 730: DB2 9 FundamentalsExam 731: DB2 9 DBA for Linux UNIX and WindowsExam 732: DB2 9 DBA for z/OSExam 733: DB2 9 Application DeveloperExam 734: DB2 9 Advanced Database Administrator for Linux UNIX and WindowsExam 736: DB2 9 Database Administrator for Linux UNIX and Windows Upgrade
* BooksBooks are wonderful resources to both build and refresh skills. They provide a wonderful opportunity for self-paced learning while becoming a handy reference guide for use on-the-job. IBM offers many great resources to build your library of technical and business skills - two of which are IBM Retail Books and IBM Redbooks.
- Retail books about IBM products are technologies are growing in number. Hopefully you are able to find some in physical bookstores or when searching online bookstores. For a complete list of those available for Information Management, see Information Management Retail books.
Here are some you may want to consider:Understanding DB2 9 Security (IBM Press) by Rebecca Bond, Kevin Yeung-Kuen See (IBM), Carmen Ka Man Wong (IBM), Yuk-Kuen Henry Chan (IBM).
IBM DB2 9 New Features (McGraw-Hill) by Paul Zikopoulos, George Baklarz, Leon Katsnelson, Chris Eaton (all IBM)
DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide (MC Press) by Roger Sanders
DB2 9 for Linux, Unix, and Windows: DBA Guide, Reference and Exam Prep (IBM Press) by George Baklarz (Author), Bill Wong (Author), Paul C. Zikopoulos (Author)- Sixth Edition of our most popular book EVER!
DB2 for Developers (MC Press) by Phil Gunning - expected in December.... SPECIAL 37% PRE-ORDER DISCOUNT!
DB2 9 for z/OS Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 732 (MC Press) by Susan Lawson and Dan Luksetich - October - SPECIAL 30% DISCOUNT ON PRE-ORDERS!
DB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 731 (MC Press) by Roger Sanders - October
DB2 9 Database Administration Upgrade Certification Study Guide for Exam 736 (MC Press) by Roger Sanders
- IBM Redbooks are well-known to long time IBM customers, but if they are new to you, essential IBM Redbooks are developed and published by the IBM International Technical Support Organization, ITSO. The ITSO develops and delivers skills, technical know-how, and materials to IBM technical professionals, Business Partners, clients, and the marketplace in general. Most people read IBM Redbooks electronically or by printing out sections of the PDF files that may be downloaded, but did you know that you can also order a printed copy? It is called Print on Demand.
Some that you may want to consider: DB2 9 for z/OS Performance TopicsDatabase Partitioning, Table Partitioning, and MDC for DB2 9Oracle to DB2 Conversion Guide for Linux, UNIX, and Windows
* Tutorials and articlesAlthough you should be able to find tutorials and articles about DB2 in many locations, we focus on ensuring that the DB2 portal of developerWorks is kept up to date with a variety of learning materials.
Here are some you may want to consider:DB2 9 Fundamentals certification 730 prep seriesDB2 9 Database administration 731 certification prep seriesDB2 9 Application Development 733 certification prep series
If my team doesn't create it, we still try to promote it.... like conferences, newsletters, podcasts, etc. If you have some education that you'd like me to know about, make a comment.
I hope that you're able to find something in this list of options to help you keep your skills current!
The DB2 for z/OS User Experience team is looking for volunteers to give us feedback on possible retail books for DB2. The feedback you provide can play an important role in determining the types of DB2 for z/OS retail books that are published.
If you are interested, start by completing the survey at http://www.ibm.com/survey/oid/wsb.dll/studies/DB2retailbooks.htm
Thanks in advance for your help!
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In most of Canada and the US, today is the first day back to school. For us it is the day following Labour Day, which is the first Monday of every September.
My son is in a new school this year, so he was filled with both excitement and anxiety. I'm sure those two emotions are common to all those going back to school... and most like the parents of those who are going back to school!
In the business world, the "back to school" excitement isn't far behind. Here are TEN exciting things I'd like to share with you:
1) Launch of Google's new browser, Chrome. See also blog by Vincent McBurney.
2) Mainframe skills on the rise. See blog from Willie Favero.
3) Launch of a new e-book from IBM: The Top 5 IT Budget Killers (and how you can fight back)
4) Six weeks until IDUG EMEA Conference.... book now!
5) Eight weeks until Information on Demand Conference. Thousands of people expected, so book your hotel before they run out of space.
6) Continued 35% discount on all IBM Press books purchased in Europe... no shipping or duty for European residents.
7) New home page for Certification: Information Management Certification.
8) Launch of new MDM blog. See also blog from Adam Gartenberg.
9) Free ILO courses. See my blog entry for details.
10) Kate's first day back to school... but lucky for us... she'll continue working 2 days a week, and will hopefully have time to update her blog from time to time!
Have a great first day... for all those in that situation!!
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Most Canadians who browse in bookstores know that deep technical books are rarely found at Coles or Chapters stores. I presume that this is true in most countries.... regardless of the bookstore's name. So where do you find books that support IBM products and technology, such as DB2? Online bookstores, of course.
Canada has two primary choices: amazon.ca and chapters.indigo.ca. Both online stores offer discounted prices, free or low cost shipping, and a very wide selection. I want to tell you about something I learned about amazon.ca this morning.
Apparently for a large number of titles, amazon.ca... and perhaps other online sites, tend to list the title and its details, but will not have them in stock UNLESS there is an order. There will be a message saying that the book will ship in 4-6 weeks. I've had many people tell me that they want one of the books for DB2, but cannot wait 4-6 weeks for delivery, so they look for a different way to get the book. Sounds like CATCH-22... a book must be ordered before it is stocked, but listed as "out of stock", who will order the title?
I don't have confirmation that the same policy is in place for chapters.indigo.ca, but I suspect that it is. In a way I don't blame the buyers at these bookstores as there are thousands of new titles every month, so which books should you stock? Which ones will sell? Not an easy decision, I'm sure. I guess I could place an order at these sites just to get the books I care about stocked....
The other interesting thing happening in Canada right now is that our dollar is at par with the US dollar. Canadians are used to seeing two prices on the backs of all books... a Canadian price and an American price. These prices are set when the book is first published, but rarely change when the currency fluctuates. Again, a difficult thing to do. As an example, the Understanding DB2 9 Security book has a price of $49.99 US and $61.99 Canadian! What a huge difference! What to do???
Well, you could order the book from amazon.com, but I'm not sure what the shipping charges would be... or if this is even allowed given that there is a Canadian version of amazon. If you live near a border or plan to travel to the US, you could buy when you are there.... a minimum of a $12 difference can be worth it. Another idea that someone mentioned to me is to use US$ at a Canadian store. Most large stores here accept both currencies and offer an exchange depending on the current exchange rate. But... if we are in Canada, I think the store would still charge the Canadian price regardless of the currency used.... so you'd still be paying the inflated price.
Let me know if you have any experience with these dilemmas... I'd like to know what your suggestions are.
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I ran three book signings last week at the IOD conference. I've already mentioned the event where we handed out copies of the DB2 Viper Strikes Back book... and the IDS 11 book by Carlton Doe, but I haven't mentioned the Stephen Covey, Chris Anderson, and Carl Kessler signings.
Stephen Covey was our motivational speaker and gave the keynote on Wednesday morning. Personally I am motivated by this kind of message, so it made a deep impact on me. I spent 2 hours managing the book signing for Stephen's books. He sold out of 300 copies of books and spent time with each person who had a book for him to sign. I over heard him mentioning "trimtab" to most of the people. A trimtab is a relatively small piece on the rudder of a huge ship. It is the trimtab that moves to make the rudder move, and therefore the ship. Stephen's message is that we are all trimtabs and we all have the power to make huge changes in our workplaces... we just have to act. The videos he showed at the keynote about the inner city school and the crime in NY subways illustrated his points very well. His book "The 8th Habit" has pointers to a website where videos can be found and the concept of a trimtab is more fully explained.
I offered to take photos of people shaking hands with Stephen Covey, but many people forgot to bring their cameras. I had my camera, so I took the photos. I loaded the photos on my facebook site and sent an email to all those people who gave me business cards. I hope you enjoyed your photo... if you got one..
I have to get through some email right now..... and will post later about the keynote and book signings with Chris Anderson and Carl Kessler.
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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.