From the July IBM Press Books Newsletter
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Visit ibmpressbooks.com/SOAspecial to learn details aboutthe special offer, and listen to the audio podcasts.
Here are the other IBM Press titles that you may wish to consider as part of this offer:
Enterprise Master Data Management: An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information By Allen Dreibelbis, Eberhard Hechler, Ivan Milman, Martin Oberhofer, Paul Van Run, Dan Wolfson.Take your career to the next level by understanding how and why master data management can improve your business.
Understanding DB2(R): Learning Visually with Examples (2nd Edition) By Raul F. Chong, Xiaomei Wang, Michael Dang, Dwaine R. Snow.With 20 5-star reviews, how can you go wrong with this book? Whether you've never used DB2 before or whether you're just trying to get up to speed with the latest features, this book is the one for you.
DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows: DBA Guide, Reference, and Exam Prep (6th Edition) By George Baklarz, Paul C. Zikopoulos.This is the essential book that should be on everyone's bookshelf!
Understanding DB2 9 Security By Rebecca Bond, Kevin Yeung-Kuen See, Carmen Ka Man Wong, Yuk-Kuen Henry Chan.Improving the security of your environment is definitely something you should consider.
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pureXML™ – “The two most beautiful words in the English language" when it comes to storing and handling XML data.
The pureXML capabilities unique to IBM DB2 software allow you to store your XML data natively in a database table, providing seamless integration of XML and relational data and allowing you to use both SQL and XQuery to query your XML data. What does this mean? Performance improvements, productivity improvements, and cost savings, just like those being realized by other businesses like yours.
OK... sure, this is product information. But check out these videos:
The Pitch Part 1The Pitch Part 2The Pitch Part 3
Do you like watching videos for this kind of thing? Take a look at the large number of videos that are now available on ChannelDB2.com and YouTube.com.
See also Kate's Blog and PlanetDB2.
PS... I need to remember to bring my headphones into work so I don't disturb all those around me by watching / listening to these videos![Read More]
Today's DB2 Magazine Email Newsletter had a pointer to this great reading list for developers:
In addition to these articles, I suggest the following books:
DB2 SQL PL: Essential Guide for DB2 UDB on Linux, UNIX, Windows, i5/OS, and z/OS, Second Edition
by Zamil Janmohamed, Clara Liu, Drew Bradstock, Raul Chong, Michael Gao, Fraser McArthur, Paul Yip
DB2 SQL PL, Second Edition shows developers how to take advantage of every facet of the SQL PL language and development environment. The authors offer up-to-the-minute coverage, best practices, and tips for building basic SQL procedures, writing flow-of-control statements, creating cursors, handling conditions, and much more. Along the way, they illuminate advanced features ranging from stored procedures and triggers to user-defined functions.
The only book to combine practical SQL PL tutorials and a detailed syntax reference, DB2 SQL PL, Second Edition draws on the authors' unparalleled expertise with SQL PL in real business environments.
DB2 Express: Easy Application Development and Administration
by Paul Yip, Kit Man Cheung, Jason Gartner, Clara Liu, Stephen O'Connell
Read the book, "DB2 Express: Easy Application Development and Administration" to learn how to leverage the latest and greatest features in DB2 V8.2 that will help you build, tune, deploy, and troubleshoot your VB.NET or JDBC application.
IBM DB2 UDB Express Edition Version 8.2 delivers everything small- to medium-sized businesses need to accelerate time-to-value and dramatically reduce TCO in their database applications. Like DB2 Express itself, this book cuts out the complexity. You'll find step-by-step guidance using the graphical tools in DB2 Express, and expert tips on database application development and administration, including: application design, development with both Visual Basic .NET and Java security, deployment, performance tuning, day-to-day administration, and more.
Once you are skilled as a database application programmer, verify your skills by taking the AD cert exam 703 (http://www-03.ibm.com/certify/certs/dbapudv81.shtml). You may wish to check out one of the following cert guides created to help prepare you for this exam.
DB2 UDB V8.1 Certification Test 703 Study Guide
By Roger Sanders
DB2 Universal Database v8.1 Application Development Certification Guide, Second Edition
by Steve Sanyal, David Martineau, Kevin Gashyna, Mike Kyprianou
Details on newsletter:
DB2 Magazine Email Newsletter
Volume 6, Issue 9
For the first time in the history of the DB2 certification program, we created an upgrade exam to help those certified as a DBA for Version 7 quickly recertify as a DBA for Version 8. Exam 706, the DB2 UDB V8.1 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration Upgrade Exam, has 30 questions that are related to DB2 UDB Version 8 ONLY.
The DB2 Version 7 Certification Exams were wildly popular, so the idea was that we could help all those people recertify very easily with a half priced exam, but it didn't work out that way at all!
Our DB2 Version 8 Certification Exams have now exceeded the popularity of the Version 7 exams, but only a very small fraction of people took the upgrade exam route. I wonder why?
To compare the exams:
# Questions: 70
Time limit: 90 min
Tasks covered: All DBA tasks
# Questions: 30
Time limit: 45 min
Tasks covered: Only V8 content
Personally I would prefer to take Exam 706 as there are fewer questions, but perhaps people feel that Exam 706 is much more difficult than Exam 701? Surprisingly the over all pass rate is the same for both exams, so it seems to me that the difficulty level is equivalent.
If you are still certified as a DBA at the V7 level only, consider upgrading to V8 by taking Exam 706 and then let me know what you think. We're wondering if we should go through the effort of creating another upgrade exam for the next release.
If you would like some tips as to which book you should use to prepare for Exam 706, I would suggest one of the following:
DB2 UDB V8.1 Certification Exams 701 and 706 Study Guide
by Roger Sanders
DB2 Universal Database V8 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration Certification Guide (5th Edition)
by George Baklarz and Bill Wong
DB2 Version 8: The Official Guide
by Paul Zikopoulos, George Baklarz, Roman Melnyk, Dirk deRoos
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Willie Favero gave an excellent summary of the best speakers at IDUG NA last week, but I don't remember seeing the complete list.... Melanie Stopfer who is on my extended team, was one of the top 10 speakers! Congratulations!
During the conference closing session on Thursday, May 10, IDUG announced the best-rated presentations from the conference. Listed in alphabetical order, the top 10 DB2 technical session presenters for this event, based on evaluations received from attendees, were:
• Bonnie Baker, Bonnie Baker Corporation • Leon Katsnelson, IBM • Bob Lyle, IBM • Dale McInnis, IBM • Roger Miller, IBM / Chris Munson, IBM • Bryan Paulsen, John Deere Corporation • Terry Purcell, IBM • Suresh Sane, DST Systems, Inc. • Bryan Smith, IBM • Melanie Stopfer, IBM
Congratulations to all the speakers!
PS..... I underlined the people who I've had the pleasure to work directly with over the past few years.
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:
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?
Roger Sanders' latest book DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide continues to sell extremely well... and has received 6 customer reviews on amazon.com.... all rated 5 stars! What are people saying? Click the link above to see all the customer reviews (or to add your own if you own the book :)
The ITSO sends out lists of the most popular IBM Redbooks each month, in terms of the number of downloads. The list covers all IBM Redbooks, across all product areas. This past month, there were 2 DB2 book in the top 10 list:
* DB2 9 for z/OS Technical Overview* Up and Running with DB2 for Linux
Congratulations to all authors!
For our book of the month, we've been able to get an electronic coupon and free shipping for buyers in the US:
Save 35% on Apache Derby -- Off to the Races and preview a sample chapter! Visit http://ibmpressbooks.com/title/0131855255 and enter case-sensitive coupon code CLOUDSCAPE at Step #3 during checkout to redeem.
While you're on the IBM Press site, sign up for the newsletter to keep on top of all the new releases (I will typically only tell you about the data ones) and become a member to qualify for a 30% discount on all IBM Press books.
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Here's another book that was just recommended to me:
Querying XMLXQuery, XPath, and SQL/XML in context (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Data Management Systems)by Jim Melton, Stephen Buxton
Foreword by Don Chamberlin
Although the book was written BEFORE the release of DB2 9, it is an excellent product-indepentant book that can help you learn how to query the XML you wish to store in a database.
From the Back CoverThere is no more authoritative pair of authors on Querying XML than Jim Melton and Stephen Buxton. Best of all, as readers of Jim's other books know, his informal writing style will teach you what you need to know about this complex subject without giving you a headache. If you need a comprehensive and accessible overview of Querying XML, this is the book you have been waiting for.-from the foreword by Don Chamberlin, IBM Fellow, Almaden Research Center
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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.
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I'm very much looking forward to this BLOG experience! I enjoy writing and hope that I am able to share some valuable tips with everyone who is reading.
My passion is getting books published that will help people become more effective when using IBM technology. Although I would love to write and publish more books myself, I feel there are people more qualified than I am. I enjoy meeting with intelligent and talented people and working with them to get their books published so they may enjoy the experience of having a book or two published!
I plan to give tips to authors about how to approach a book and hope to build further awareness for the books that we've already published. I'm constantly surprised that not everyone is aware of all the great books that IBM Press has published over the past few years.
In my job as proctor for DB2 exams, I am asked many questions about how to prepare for exams, how to benefit from certification, and what exams should be taken. I plan to give some advice in this area as well. I give about 300 exams a year to IBM employees at the Toronto Lab and about 2000 per year at conferences. I enjoy talking to people about their experiences and hope to pass some of that knowledge on to you.
I work with a very passionate team of people who are trying to increase the number of skilled DB2 people around the world. I thank my team in advance for giving me the confidence to run this blog and for the tidbits of information that they will ask me to pass along to you. My team has specialists in academia, tutorials, CBTs, certification, training channels, content developers and more! If you have any comments or questions about training programs or opportunities, feel free to post a commment here and with the help of my talented team, I will ensure that you get an answer!
I think that adequately covers my motivations for wanting to own a BLOG. As for my expecations, I hope to be able to find the time to post 2 or 3 times a week and really look forward to hearing from any readers.
That's all for now.
IBM Press Program Manager
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Sam Poon dropped by today to take a certification exam and reminded me about a recent article that he and Cindy Wong had published on developerworks, called:
"Recommended reading list: DB2 UDB for Linux, UNIX, and Windows database administration"
This reading list covers primarily articles that you will be able to find on dworks, as well as a couple of websites and redbooks. I'd like to add a few additional resources to the list for your awareness.
1) Website: DBA Central - Resources for IBM Information Management database administrators
Bookmark this page to keep up to date with all the latest information that a DBA will find essential.
2) Webcast: The Future of the DBA, November 1.
Join Evan Bauer as he discusses the value of a DBA to the IT organization in these days of new initiatives that lead to the reduction of operational and admistrative costs. Register for the webcast, listen to it, and perhaps you'll be one of the people who is awarded a free IBM Press book. You can register for the webcast from the DBA Central: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/db2/zones/dba/.
3) Retail books:
High Availability Guide for DB2
by Chris Eaton and Enzo Cialini
Start-to-finish guide to delivering high availability with DB2 Universal Database for Linux, UNIX and Windows. Written two of IBM's leading DB2 high availability experts,
thoroughly reviews options related to both the database engine and the underlying platform, and addresses the entire lifecycle, from planning and architecture through day-to-day administration.
DB2 Universal Database V8 Handbook for Windows, UNIX, and Linux
by Phil Gunning
Written by a leading database consultant to help the DBA on the front line. The real-world examples make it easy to learn how to leverage the powerful features of DB2 UDB V8.
DB2 Universal Database V8.1 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration Certification Guide, 5/e
by George Baklarz and Bill Wong
Straight from IBM, the ultimate guide for running DB2 V8 and preparing for the IBM DB2 UDB Database Administration Exam! This definitive reference and self-study guide covers every aspect of deploying and managing DB2 Universal Database V8, including best practices for DB2 database design and development; day-to-day administration and backup; and much more.
Whether you're a DBA, a developer, a DB2 certification candidate, or all three, DB2 Universal Database v8 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration Certification Guide is the one book you can't afford to be without.
Advanced DBA Certification Guide and Reference for DB2 Universal Database v8 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows, 1/e
by Dwaine Snow / Tom Phan
Whether you're a long-time DB2 UDB professional or an experienced DBA who's migrated from another database platform, there one sure way to demonstrate the highest level of skills in DB2 UDB database administration: pass the challenging IBM DB2 UDB Advanced Database Administration Exam.
This book is a guide to administering the advanced features of DB2 Universal Database Version 8. The book will discuss how to build a database in order to ensure optimal performance. It will discuss the manner in which to build table spaces and assign bufferpools based on the system usage and underlying disks system. The book will discuss the functionality built into DB2 to ensure system availability and will clustering and fail over discuss configuration options. The book will also discuss how to monitor a DB2 UDB system to determine if any bottle necks exist
All of these books can be found at the DB2 Bookstore: http://www.ibm.com/software/data/education/bookstore/ref.html
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Have you had a chance to see any of these highly rated IBM Redbooks? Here are the most popular downloads, along with a reader comment about each book:
Oracle to DB2 Conversion Guide for Linux, UNIX, and Windows"It's very useful to reference, most of all, the features between DB2 and Oracle."
DB2 9 pureXML Guide "This is a great book! Why don't you attach it to or recommend it when someone purchases DB2 Express-C."
Working with IBM Records Manager"Very informative! I never knew that there were so many record management standards and industry specific legal requirements."
Paul Zikopoulos just reminded me of a series of articles that he's written that I'm sure you'll find useful. The articles will help you figure out which edition of DB2 you need. Check it out:
Do you know how to license a DB2 Connect Unlimited Edition for iSeries server? Did you know there was such a product? How about which edition of DB2 supports an authorized user? Do you know you can buy DB2 ESE on a per user basis (it's the answer to the last question). Do you know how you license high availability? Did you know how to license DB2 installed on a dynamic processor pool with a capped or uncapped partition? Are you aware that DB2 Everyplace is free with any DB2 Connect or DB2 server? Do you know how an idle DB2 machine isn't really idle, but it's considered the same as IBM SWG's Cold and Warm machines, but licensed differently?
You may be able to answer all of those questions, but I guarantee you that your clients can't. All of my packaging, licensing, and edition information articles have been updated for September 2005 (circa the DB2 UDB V8.2.3 code level).
You can quickly access these articles at the following URLs.
Which Distributed DB2 Edition is Right for You?
This popular article is updated with the latest news in product features, editions, and licensing for IBM DB2 Universal Database Version 8.2.3. The author lays out the options and includes a quick reference that maps typical user environments to the suggested DB2 edition. This article is available at: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/db2/library/techarticle/0211zikopoulos/0211zikopoulos.html.
Comparing the Distributed DB2 Server Editions
In a side-by-side comparison table, author Paul Zikopoulos makes it simple to understand the basic licensing rules, functions, and feature differences between the members of the distributed IBMDB2Universal Database(DB2 UDB) server family. This article is available at: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/db2/library/techarticle/0301zikopoulos/0301zikopoulos1.html.
Which Edition of DB2 Connect is Right for You?
DB2 Connect is IBM middleware for connectivity from distributed systems to zSeries and iSeries-based DB2 systems. This article introduces DB2 Connect at a very high level and discusses the different editions and pricing models to help you decide which edition of DB2 Connect is right for you. This article has been updated to include packaging considerations up to and including DB2 Connect V8.2.3. It's available at:
Licensing Distributed DB2 Servers in a High Availability Environment
Are you trying to ensure you're licensing your IBMDB2Universal Databasefor Linux UNIX and Windows(DB2) servers correctly in a high availability environment? Don't have the time nor the will to read through the announcement letters, PLETs, or your licensing sheets? Author Paul Zikopoulos explains it all in plain English. It's available at: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/db2/library/techarticle/0301zikopoulos/0301zikopoulos.html.
DB2 UDB using Dual Core or Sub-capacity Licensing
Learn about some of the latest hardware technologies, namely dual core processors and sub-capacity partitioning, and their respective considerations when licensing a supported IBMDB2Universal Database(DB2 UDB) server product. This article is available at: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/db2/library/techarticle/dm-0505zikopoulos/.
Stay tuned for information on the latest book that Paul co-wrote: Apache Derby -- Off to the Races : Includes Details of IBM Cloudscape
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You have until Monday, June 30th to register for a certification voucher that entitles you to a 50% off the price of an exam fee... if you've purchased one of the cert guides. For details see: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/SusanVisser?entry=follow_the_pig
Follow the pig!
The promotion has been hugely successful! If you were one of the many people who has already received a voucher, good luck on your exam! You'll be happy to know that the book you bought is proven to help people prepare for the exams... not only because of the content, but because of the sample questions and answers that are in the books.
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Here are some of the IBM classes that were recently updated for the DB2 9 for z/OS platform:
DB2 9 for z/OS Programming Using JavaCG140 or CG14GAcquire the skills you need to produce application programs in Java that manipulate DB2 for z/OS databases. Also, learn how to take advantage of advanced programming techniques to access DB2 for z/OS database servers in the workstation environment. Emphasize using the Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) to connect DB2 from a Java program and embedding static SQL statements using SQL for Java (SQLJ). Also, learn how to write Java stored procedures from a remote station using the Development Center tool.
DB2 9 for z/OS Stored ProceduresCG730 or CG73GLearn how to recognize when an IBM stored procedure is the correct solution for an application. Also learn how to: * Set up the environment to support stored procedures * Use the DB2 Development Center * CALL a stored procedure * Create a stored procedure using Data Definition Language (DDL) * Troubleshoot a stored procedure This course is taught using classroom lectures and machine lab exercises. Your workstation is on a Windows platform. The database server is a DB2 for z/OS system. You utilize the facilities of the DB2 Development Center, create COBOL stored procedures, and troubleshoot stored procedures using the DB2 Development Center.
DB2 9 for z/OS Implementation WorkshopCV860This course is for installers of DB2 UDB for z/OS V8 and/or migration to DB2 9 for z/OS using the Install CLIST. You will be involved in lectures to understand DB2 UDB for z/OS and DB2 9 Components and pointer and the processes involved to install and or migrate DB2. To reinforce the lectures a series of labs are provided to give you hands-on experience installing DB2 UDB V8 and migrating to DB2 9 for z/OS.
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I know that it is very difficult for some people to arrange to go to a conference at their company's expense. Even IBMers who are trying to attend an IBM conference, it can be challenging. It seems that the rule is to now have 2 presentations or more accepted at the conference. Maybe this is a requirement for many other companies as well. If it's tough to get approval if you volunteer to be a speaker at the conference, you can imagine how difficult it is to get approval to attend the conference to be educated.
A friend of mine suggested that we look into providing a scholarship to one or more people that would entail a free registration to the conference. I like the idea and will promote this idea for future conferences where I can. As I was thinking of this, I came across this news item:
Got 10 minutes? Enter the DB2 9 Compression ChallengeThe DB2 9 Compression Challenge is less than a month away from closing and we need your entry. There is no purchase necessary and it takes only 10 minutes to enter. You don’t need to be running any version of DB2 to participate. First Prize - Full-event registration to one of IDUG's 2008 events. Second Prize – Upgrade Membership for the same eventsIDUG 2008 - Australia (March 2008 in Sydney, Australia) IDUG 2008- North America (May 5-10, 2008, in Dallas, Texas) IDUG 2008 - Europe (Dates/Location TBD)
So a "scholarship" to attend an IDUG conference in 2008 is possible! All you have to do is to enter this challenge. My friend is working at a shop that isn't running DB2... yet, so I like the caveat that You don’t need to be running any version of DB2 to participate.
I hope this gives an opportunity to one or two people who have not been able to go to conferences... and would like to. Conferences are a great way to keep up to date on a large variety of related topics. It helps you network with people who can help you in many different ways. And, perhaps most obvious of all, going to a conference gives you an opportunity to earn several certifications.... normally the tests are $150 US, regardless if you pass or fail, so taking exams is a very easy way to justify attending a conference.
But, if you are still unable to go a conference, don't despair. IBM provides many learning opportunities that you can take part in, either for free or inexpensively. I'll use books as an example... see our Bookstore Page for links to excellent books that can be used for self-study.... and we try to point to the lowest cost provider of the books. The other book example is of course the IBM Redbooks. For free you can download PDF versions of technical books that are excellent references as well as self-study resources. DeveloperWorks is another example where you can find a variety of helpful technical documents... free of charge. As for classroom education, our new ILO offerings are an excellent way to take award-winning education, right at your desk.
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Along the same lines as my last post, I'd like to give you a suggestion as to how you can prepare to pass for Exam 733. We do NOT have a book in the works to accompany the DB2 9 Application Development Exam 733. If you are getting ready to take the exam, here are a few ideas to help you prepare for the test despite the lack of a dedicated book.
Read the book by Roger Sanders: DB2(R) Universal Database V8.1 Certification Exam 703 Study Guide. This book prepares people to pass the V8 Application Development Exam 703. If you want this book... buy it right away. The series of V8 study guides published by IBM Press are considered out of print by the publisher, so the only copies of the book that you can get are the ones that are sitting in inventory. No reprints are possible.
Tip: You may be able to save 35% on the purchase of this and any other books at the IBM Press Bookstore. For a limited time, you can save 35% off your order when you make a purchase at the IBM Press Bookstore on or between October 15, 2007 and December 31, 2007. PLUS you can receive FREE ground shipping in the U.S. To take advantage of this special offer, simply visit the IBM Press Bookstore, select your books and enter case-sensitive coupon code SAVEDB2 at Step 3 during checkout. See IBM Information Management Books for links and details.
Read the IBM DB2 9 New Features book to learn the new functions for DB2 9. I'd pay particular attention to the XML sections.
Exam 733 also has a series of tutorials that were created to help you prepare to pass it: DB2 9 Application Development Certification Exam Preparation TutorialsThis series of nine tutorials has been developed to help you prepare for the DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Application Development Certification Exam (733). Each tutorial includes a link to a DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows trial download at no charge to you! These tutorials provide a solid base for each section of the exam. However, you should not rely on these tutorials as your only preparation for the exam. After a quick registration, you can begin a tutorial. Each tutorial should take about an hour to complete. You can take the tutorials online, or download a PDF.
For this exam, I recommend that you gauge your readiness by taking the assessment exam.
I've had quite a few people in the Toronto Lab successfully pass Exam 733 using this strategy.
A few months ago I mentioned that our IBM Press books were available in Books24x7 and Safari... today I saw that Developerworks has set up a special offer for people to try reading and searching retail books online through Safari. Give it a try:
Sign up for a complimentary trial of Safari Books Online e-reference library
Safari Bookshelf is an electronic reference library that perfectly complements dW broad portfolio of tools for developers. Unlike an online bookstore, Safari is a fully-searchable virtual library that houses thousands of technical books from industry leading publishers as well as hundreds of articles from developerWorks! Check out Safari today and register for a complimentary test-drive of the service! http://ibm.com/developerworks/ecma/campaign/er.jsp?id=119960
Note, if you are an IBM employee, you already have access to these books through Books24x7. See the link posted on the right hand side of this page.
To all my American friends: I hope you have a fun and safe Thanksgiving! (Canadians celebrated Thanksgiving on Oct 10.)