DB2 10 for z/OS - Cost Savings ..... Out of the Box
by Roger Miller, David Beulke, Julian Stuhler, Surekha
Roger, Dave, Julian and Surekha are all well known people in the z/OS community and I’m very pleased that we were able to pull the 4 of them together to write a book that will build excitement for the latest release of DB2. In addition to these fine writers / experts, we’ve also included messages from several of the top technical people in the Z area to give you some tips.
What’s in the book? Here is the executive summary:
It’s no longer enough to have IT that is robust, secure and operationally efficient: in the current business climate, it must be cost-effective. With all the key features you expect from DB2® — and new ones, like 64-bit support, scalability up to 20,000 concurrent users, and SQL and pureXML® enhancements — DB2 10 for z/OS® achieves even greater heights of availability, resiliency, reliability and security, all while creating out-of-the-box cost savings. How? Reduced CPU workloads, which directly benefit the bottom line. And that’s just the beginning.
In addition to five to ten percent CPU savings out of the box, and up to 20 percent CPU savings for new workloads, DB2 10 for z/OS also scales five to ten times more than previous versions — with less complexity and cost. Automatic tuning and diagnostics create less need for System z®-specific skills, and refined lock-avoidance techniques create greater concurrency for data access, data definition and data management.
DB210 for z/OS also offers more availability, with fewer planned outages than ever before. And the legendary security that has made DB2 the undisputed leader in enterprise data servers has been increased further, with simplified compliance. Let’s dive deeper into all the new features and enhancements that make DB2 10 z/OS the most impactful version yet.
On Monday and Tuesday this week, the CCDB2UG conference
was held in Markham, ON. I was very happy to be invited to take part in a very small way to speak to attendees during the reception and to network with people following the reception.
I handed out my business card to everyone who I met in the hopes that they will become readers of my blog. I hope one or two of you are people I met in person on Monday!
The message that I delivered to the attendees was that our Education and Skills team are dedicated to provide resources to people who want to gain skills on DB2 and other IM products. We have self study courses
, traditional courses
, ILO courses
, certification programs
, and more! I have blogged about these resources in the past and will continue to do so in the future, so keep coming back!
During the event I spoke to many of the excecutives of this user group: Yvonne, Joe, Tim, Dawn, Murray... and others! While talking to them I realized that each and every one of them are using a piece of advice that is prominent in Sam Lightstone's
book: Making it Big in Software
. That advice is to become a domain expert which will allow you to build your own skills but to help others build their skills and to build your network of like minded people. Can you imagine the benefits of knowing people throughout the industry who have the same passion and skills as you have?
Tim told me that he has attended just about every user group meeting for the past 25 years! I think the dedication that he and others put into user groups is amazing and hope that there are people early in their career who are willing to contribute to keep such an amazing community viable well into the future.
I hope you enjoy my blog entries!
a treasure chest full of great content from experts. Articles,
tutorials, best practices, downloads, spotlights, podcasts, videos... so
much is available to help you deepen your skills... all for FREE. 2012
was a busy year and I’m pleased to tell you the top 10 articles that
were published. Were you one of the readers who helped make these
articles to the top? Check it out. Read the ones you missed. Share
the ones you liked.
- Comparing the Informix Version 11 Editions by Carlton Doe
about the various editions of IBM® Informix®? In this article, get an
introduction to each edition, then you can compare features, benefits,
and licensing considerations in a side-by-side table. Regardless of
which edition you choose, Informix brings you legendary ease of use,
reliability, stability, and access to extensibility features.
- Run Oracle applications on DB2 10 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows by Serge Rielau
DB2® 10 for Linux®, UNIX®, and Windows® has out-of-the-box support for
Oracle's SQL and PL/SQL dialects. This allows many applications written
against Oracle to execute against DB2 virtually unchanged. In this
article, get a high-level overview of what Oracle compatibility means in
DB2. Whether you want to switch your custom application to DB2 or
extend your DBMS vendor support to DB2, now is your time. [2012 15 May: This article has been updated to include new resources.]
- Hadoop Tutorial: Hello World with Java, Pig, Hive, Flume, Fuse, Oozie, and Sqoop with Informix, DB2, and MySQL by Martin Lurie
article is focused on explaining Big Data and then providing simple
worked examples in Hadoop, the major open-source player in the Big Data
space. You'll be happy to hear that Hadoop is NOT a replacement for
Informix® or DB2®, but in fact plays nicely with the existing
infrastructure. There are multiple components in the Hadoop family and
this article will drill down to specific code samples that show the
capabilities. No Elephants will stampede if you try these examples on
your own PC.
- Migrating from the DB2 Control Center to IBM Data Studio by Antonio Maranhao, Kevin Jiang
the IBM® DB2® Control Center tools have been deprecated in DB2 9.7,
users have been encouraged to adopt IBM Data Studio and IBM InfoSphere®
Optim™ tools for managing DB2 databases. IBM Data Studio 3.1 was
released in October 2011 with several enhancements over previous
versions, making it an excellent replacement for Control Center. This
article aims to help DB2 users who are familiar with Control Center
tools to quickly transition to IBM Data Studio.
- Designing a database for multi-tenancy on the cloud by Raul Chong
some considerations that new software as a service (SaaS) vendors need
to take into account when developing applications or modifying existing
ones to enable them for multi-tenancy on the cloud. The article
discusses the considerations only from a database perspective —
specifically, from an IBM® DB2® perspective. Six cases or methods are
- Physical database design for OLTP environments by Amyris Rada and others
article focuses on physical database attributes that are affected by
the specifics of DB2 database servers in online transaction processing
- IBM federated database technology by Eileen Lin, Laura Haas
a large modern enterprise, information is almost inevitably distributed
among several database management systems. Despite considerable
attention from the research community, relatively few commercial systems
have attempted to address this issue. This article describes the
technology that enables clients of IBM's federated database engine to
access and integrate the data and specialized computational capabilities
of a wide range of relational and nonrelational data sources.
- A flexible data integration architecture using InfoSphere DataStage and InfoSphere Federation Server by Wendy Tam and others
InfoSphere® DataStage® and InfoSphere Federation Server to provide an
efficient and flexible architecture for moving and transforming data.
This article promotes the use of InfoSphere Federation Server as a "data
pre-processor" for InfoSphere DataStage, and demonstrates situations in
which the combination reduces both the elapsed runtime (by as much as
91 percent) and overall resource consumption of the job. The article
does not promote the combination of InfoSphere Federation Server and
InfoSphere DataStage for all data consolidation scenarios, rather it
attempts to characterize the situations in which the combination is most
- Starting your education in big data: free courses with hands-on labs you can run on the cloud by Raul Chong
about current free, online courses that are available at
BigDataUniversity.com. Follow the suggested path to get started and grow
your knowledge on big data, and get ready to implement it to meet your
own business needs.
- Analyzing social media and structured data with InfoSphere BigInsights by Cynthia Saracco, Anshul Dawra
you want to work with "big data" without writing code or scripts,
you'll want to look into BigSheets. BigSheets is a spreadsheet-style
tool for business analysts provided with IBM® InfoSphere® BigInsights, a
platform based on the open source Apache Hadoop project. This article
teaches you the basics of using BigSheets to analyze social media and
structured data collected through sample applications provided with
BigInsights. You'll learn how to model this data in BigSheets,
manipulate this data using built-in macros and functions, create charts
to visualize your work, and export the results of your analysis in one
of several popular output formats.Congratulations
to all these authors for a job very well done! I hope you plan to
write more this year because we’d like more great content from you!Susan
DB2 9 System Administration for z/OS: Certification Study Guide: Exam 737
by Judy Nall
About her book:
This is an addition to the series of Certification Guides published by MC Press to support DB2’s popular certification program.
Not only was Judy part of the exam development team, but she is well known in the DB2 area as an internationally recognized lecturer, consultant, writer, educator, and DB2 expert. She is the president of Computer Business International, Inc., a member of the IBM DB2 Gold Consultants Group, and the recipient of an IBM Data Champion award for contributions to the IBM Data Management community.
This book was written with system administrators in mind, this reference offers information about both DB2 and z/OS operating systems as well as guidance for preparing for the IBM Certification Test 737. Helpful and thorough, this technical guide summarizes the new features of DB2 9 environments and provides essential system administration information, such as installation and maintenance procedures. With chapters on troubleshooting, performance and tuning, and securing and auditing, as well as practice questions, this reference is a one-stop shop for DB2 system administrators.
Other books that are part of this series are:
DB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 732
Susan Lawson and Daniel Luksetich
DB2 9 Advanced Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 734
Roger Sanders, Dwaine Snow
DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide
DB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 731
DB2 9 Database Administration Upgrade Certification Study Guide for Exam 736
All of these books were authored by experts who were part of the exam development team, the structure of the book matches the exam objectives, and there are sample test questions to help you prepare for the exam.
Here’s a summary of the books that have published in 2012. I’m quite pleased with the progress
we’ve made so far this year, and have many books left to go. Make sure to follow my blog to stay in the loop as to when new books come out or if there is a sale you should know about.
An Introduction to IMS: Your Complete Guide to IBM Information
Management System, 2nd Edition
by Barbara Klein, Richard Alan Long, Kenneth Ray
Blackman, Diane Lynne Goff, Stephen Paul Nathan, Moira
McFadden Lanyi, Margaret M. Wilson, John Butterweck, Sandra
Technical Blogging: Turn Your Expertise into a Remarkable Online
by Antonio Cangiano
IBM DB2 9.7 Advanced Administration Cookbook
by Adrian Neagu and Robert Pelletier
IBM DB2 9.7 Advanced Application Developer Cookbook
by Sanjay Kumar and Mohankumar Saraswatipura
DB2 10 for z/OS Database Administration: Certification Study
by Susan Lawson and Daniel Luksetich
IBM Cognos TM1: The Official Guide
by Karsten Oehler, Jochen Gruenes, and Christopher
DB2 Developer's Guide: A Solutions-Oriented Approach to Learning the
Foundation and Capabilities of DB2 for z/OS (6th Edition)
by Craig Mullins
IBM Cognos Business Intelligence 10: The Official
by Dan Volitich and Gerard Ruppert
5 Keys to Business Analytics Program Success
by Brian Green, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Kay Van De
Vanter, The Boeing Company, Tracy Harris, IBM, Bill Frank,
Johnson & Johnson, John Boyer, RCG Global
About the Book:
Business Analytics is becoming increasingly strategic to all types of
organizations. It leads to higher business performance and helps organizations
outperform their peers by 2.2 times, according to a recent IBM Institute for
Business Value study. However, many organizations appear to struggle in
creating impact with Business Analytics - and factors related to people and
process are often the most common obstacles to achieving analytic maturity in
5 Keys to Business Analytics Program Success is a work based on the combined
experience of 10 organizations that display excellence and expertise in business
analytics. They share best practices, discuss the management aspects and
sociology that drive success in Business Analytics Programs and uncover 5 key
aspects behind the success of some of the top business analytics programs in the
industry. In this book you will learn:
- How to create and manage a changing Business Analytics Strategy, aligning
business priorities to technology innovation;
- How to quantify and demonstrate tangible business value;
- How to create an Analytics Center of Excellence and organize your people for
- How to implement program processes that balance agility, empowerment and
- How to architect a business analytics technology solution with future
innovation in mind.
By reading 5 Keys to Business Analytics Program Success, organizations can
learn how the Business Analytics Program can help manage strategy, value,
people, process and technology to translate analytic strategy into actionable
insight and achievement.
Other contributions of 5 best practice case studies: Mark Lack, Mueller, Thom
Marks, Daimler Trucks North America, Jeff Guevin & Eric Place, Martin’s
Point HealthCare, Nihad Aytaman, Elie Tahari, Larry Yarter, IBM And Practical
Tips from Co-author of the “Performance Manager”: Roland Mosimann, AlignAlytics
If you are attending the IBM
Information on Demand Conference, get a free printed copy of this book and
meet the authors at the Author Signing and Giveaway that is scheduled:
- Monday October 22, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. EXPO reception
After the conference is over, a free e-version of the book will be available
for you to download. Follow my blog to ensure that you are one of the first to
know where you can download the book.
Also attend this session by the authors of this book:
2431B Five Steps to Implementing a Successful Business Analytics Program -
South Seas C; Mon, Oct 22, 2012; 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
In the past 10 years, I’ve met many people who have taken and passed one or more DB2 certification exam. I like to chat with people, so I usually ask them to tell me if they see benefits to passing an exam. I also meet with many people who are reluctant to take an exam and must convince them of the benefits. I’ll put a few of my findings in this post, but I hope that I hear from people if they agree or disagree!
People who are reluctant to take a certification exam are usually reluctant due to fear. Fear of failure, fear of taking a test, fear of having others learn their scores, or fear of being judged or ranked. I totally understand these fears! The first thing I want to stress about certification exams is YOUR SCORE IS CONFIDENTIAL TO YOU. Sure the score is captured by a computer system and is sent to IBM to be stored in a DB2 database, but we are governed by very strict privacy laws that prevent any of this information to be given to anyone except for the candidate who is taking the exam.
This should give you a sense of comfort that you can take the exam without anyone knowing. So if you fail, feel free to try again! Use the score report to help you strengthen your knowledge in the areas where you didn’t do so well. If you do pass the exam, you must tell your managers, customers, clients, etc. Only you can brag about your certification!
Another thing that you should keep in mind is that each exam has a cutscore assigned to it. You can think of a cutscore as the mark you must reach to pass the exam. To come up with a cutscore, we have a team of experts take the exam and then rank each question in terms of difficulty, importance to the job role, and frequency that the task is performed. As an example, the cutscore for Exam 731 is 59%. Since there are 64 questions on the exam, you must answer 38 questions correctly to pass the exam. As a result of passing the exam, you will be sent a certificate stating that you are now IBM Certified. Your certificate will look the same whether you score 59% or 100%!
I also suggest that you don’t play the “score” game. I’ve heard conversations where people are bragging about their score or candidates who are pressuring themselves to score better than one of their co-workers. I can tell you that most of the people bragging about their score are embellishing slightly! It’s best to not discuss your score in the first place.
One of the biggest benefits of passing a certification exam is that it proves that you are very proactive at keeping your skills up to date. Anyone can say that they know about the latest features of a product, but by passing a certification exam, you have validation that you do indeed understand the latest features. Although DB2 certifications are very popular and still growing in numbers, the number of people who actually [i]have[/i] a certification is a fraction of the number of people who [i]could[/i] have a certification. If you are certified, consider yourself as part of a relatively small group!
A second benefit is that studying for a certification will expose you to areas of the product that you wouldn’t normally care about. Very few people have hands-on knowledge of EVERY feature in a product, so when studying for, and taking the exam, you will be exposed to more features than you normally use. Perhaps you’ll discover a feature that will really help your application or in the usage of the product.
One of the benefits that I mention to the developer in the Toronto Lab who create the DB2 product is that it will allow them to see the product as our customers use it. Not many of us in the Toronto Lab work as DBAs, so by passing the DBA exam, it exposes us to the tasks that DBAs must perform in their daily jobs. It seems to me that this will help IBM create better products! The same is true for those who are writing about the product, supporting it, testing it, or even selling it.
A team of us are trying to scientifically determine the actual benefits of being certified, but in the mean time, my team ran an informal survey asking what the benefits were. Here are some of the responses:
- Certification adds credibility when addressing customers
- Certification is a partner requirement
- Certification gives my company a business advantage
- Certification helps me pinpoint problems faster
- Certification gives me confidence and respect
- Certification gives me credibility with younger workers and my peers
- Certification gives me leverage and job security
- Certification led to my membership in a competency network
- Certification gives me professional recognition
- Certification helps me set up a training plan to keep my skills current
- Certification is valued by management
- Certification earned me better performance ratings
- Certification helped me earn a promotion
- Certification earned me management recognition
- Certification gave me additional skills
- Certification led to a raise
What do you think? Have you experienced any of these benefits? Are there other benefits that you experienced?
I’m looking forward to hearing from people.
Install, customize, and administer the powerful FileNet enterprise content management platform
By William Carpenter
Overview of Getting Started with IBM FileNet P8 Content Manager
- Quickly get up to speed on all significant features and the major components of IBM FileNet P8 Content Manager
- Provides technical details that are valuable both for beginners and experienced Content Management professionals alike, without repeating product reference documentation
- Gives a big picture description of Enterprise Content Management and related IT areas to set the context for Content Manager
- Written by an IBM employee,William Carpenter,who has extensive experience in Content Manager product development, this book gives practical tips and notes with a step by-step approach to design real Enterprise Content Management solutions to solve your business needs
- IBM FileNet P8 Content Manager, built on top of the mature FileNet platform, is a complete, world class Enterprise Content Management platform. With its rock solid document management features, tight integration with BPM systems and other components, and rich API set, it is a highly scalable and secure solution to common and uncommon Enterprise Content Management requirements.
- Written by a FileNet insider, who is an Enterprise Content Management architect and engineer, this book is a straightforward guide to effectively install, manage, and administer FileNet P8 content Manager. It emphasizes practical, specific, and hands-on information about features for building Enterprise Content Management solutions. At every step, real-world tips and important information are called out to save you time and trouble when building customized solutions.
- Beginning with an overview of Enterprise Content Management, the book moves quickly to the matter of getting a real Content Management system up and running. You learn key Content Management applications that are demonstrated to show you the major concepts that matter you as a developer, administrator, or as an end user. There are separate chapters that describe major platform features, security-related features, and integrations with other commonly used software components. A realistic sample application, designed right infront of you unfolds the genius in IBM Filenet P8 Content Manager. Finally, you take an in-depth look at troubleshooting, support sites, and online resources to help meet your security needs.
- Master the ins and outs of the FileNet P8 platform, easily
What you will learn from this book :
- Install IBM FileNet P8 Content Manager along with its supporting components and pre-requisites
- Configure the Content Management components to make them work in unison
- Learn the building-block features and uses of Content Management and related components
- Master FileNet Enterprise Manager (FEM), the administrator’s tool, to learn the Content Manager features
- Perform various tasks in Workplace XT, one of the stand-alone, end-user applications provided with Content Manager
- Explore authentication, authorization, and other security mechanisms to meet your security needs
- Plan and deploy the components of an Enterprise Content Management platform to a real-world environment
- See how a custom application is designed and created using Content Manager APIs
The book is written in a straightforward style and avoids sales and marketing hype. William J. Carpenter is an Enterprise Content Management architect at IBM who spends every day doing product development and helping others make the best use of the Content Manager product. The numerous tips and notes arise from his years of practical experience with FileNet products.
Most of the book consists of specific recipes for installing and using Content Manager, and it also provides you with clear and precise explanations of the most important features and components. It is written in a conversational style without being “dumbed down”, and the book can be read straight through, from cover to cover. It emphasizes the things you need to know, presented in a logical progression.
Who this book is written for
If you are a CIO, an IT manager, an IT staff engineer, or perhaps a business leader, business analyst, or even an end user who wants to better understand the role that Content Manager plays in your enterprise, irrespective of any previous knowledge of IBM FileNet P8 Content Manager or Enterprise Content Management in general, then this book is a must have for you.
And if you are someone who is just starting to work with Content Management or who is facing a decision about whether to use Content Management or another solution, be assured, you will not find a better guide. Even if you have years of experience, you can still enrich your knowledge with the clear, practical explanations of basic and advanced features. Although it is not a developer’s guide, per se, the API and sample application will help you as an enterprise developer or architect to get your bearings in Content Management technologies.
Both printed book and ebook: $62.29 <---- best value
Congratulations to Bill on the arrival of his first book!
Books on Social Networking
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IBM Data Champion Program
Recognizing exceptional contributions to the Data Management community
I've been blessed with many friends and I'm happy to say that many of the IBM Data Champions are friends of mine! I know I'm not unique since likely most of us in the data community know these well-known, friendly, outgoing people! Beyond friendship, one of my primary connections with these people are books. Many, if not all, of these people are authors of retail books, IBM Redbooks, articles, courses, presentations, exams, forums, websites, blogs and more!
What exactly is a Data Champion?Data Champions
are objective experts. They have no official obligation to
. They simply share their opinions and years of experience with
others in the field, and their work contributes greatly to the overall
success of Data Management. For 2009,
IBM honors the commitment of 88 individuals with a special designation
— Data Champion — as a way of showing our appreciation for the time and
energy these exceptional community members expend.
Check out our Data Champions!
In the photo above, I recognize Scott, Dave, Judy, Sheryl, and Julian. Check out the photos and profiles
for each of the Data Champions....Want to become or nominate a Data Champion?
for information on how this works.
Books by Data Champions:
I've listed a few of the retail books that were recently published by one or more of our Data Champions. Many others acted as reviewers of these books and others not listed. I thank each and everyone of you for your help in building our retail book projected and want you to know that you are greatly appreciated for everything that you do!
by Roger E. Sanders and Dwaine R Snow (Paperback - Nov 3, 2008)
Judy Nall is also working on a book that is not yet listed on amazon.
Let me share a few of the tips that Sam shared today... but if you get the opportunity to hear Sam yourself, take it! Sam is a very fun speaker to listen to. Also, you won't be disappointed with the book!
1) Dress for Success
What does a successful software developer wear? The same as a CEO? NO! CEOs are typically polished wearing fancy suits. Software developers? Running shoes, jeans, t-shirts... don't believe me? Find a photo of the Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin and you'll see that they dress like ROCK STARS!
Senior Software Architects make much more money than junior employees. Check it out on payscale.com. But... what you don't see on sites like this is the other money superstars make. They often get large bonuses and stock options beyond their base salary.
A superstar developer has much freedom in their job in terms of where they want to work and customers they want to visit.
4) Getting Ahead
There was lots of advice about getting a promotion and rising in your field, but the one thing that stood out for me is that you should become the expert in YOUR DOMAIN. Whatever that domain is... become an expert. It doesn't take long, but unfortunately it is rarely done. So, it would be fairly easy to stand above your peers if you just invested a bit of time each month to learn something new about your domain.
5) Pros and Cons of Climbing the Ladder
There are cons to anything you do in life... but the pros of climbing can be worth the cons, if that's what you want to do.
What is more important than inspiration? Would believe that it is following through on your plans? It is! And apparently following through is rare. Surprising!
7) Time Management
Did you know that goofing off can actually be important to your career? Really! Your brain needs a break from time to time, so give in. But make sure you don't abuse this advice!
There are lots of considerations regarding getting promoted.. and the most important is to do something that makes you stand out from your peers. Publish, files patents, join groups, present about your topics, etc. Do what you like to do and what makes you feel appreciated.
9) Social Dynamics
One of the key messages here is DON'T GOSSIP! 9/10 times you gossip, it may not get around... but even 1 out of 10 times could be a career killer! I've worked with Sam for a number of years and let me tell you! He practices what he preaches.
The last hint that I'll give you today is.... you can hear Sam speak. He's been invited as the guest speaker on the DB2 Night Show
. There is a 200 person limit to this webinar, so register today to reserve your spot!
PS... find out more about Sam and what makes his clock tick via this interview:
My post yesterday featuring guest blogger Rebecca Bond was such a hit, that I thought I’d try again. My plan is to post something from each of the final contestants who took part in the DB2Night Show’s “DB2’s Got Talent” Competition. I’ve introduced you to the contestants in a series of blog entries, so I hope you feel like you “know” these people by now.
I would like to say a few words (I have a lot to say!, but I will try to keep it short) about the DB2 Night Show’s world wide db2 talent contest which concluded last Friday after several successful weeks and with many, many great DB2 tips and lots of useful information.
First, I would like to talk about my experience as a participant in this contest. This was my first time participating in such an event and it was such a positive experience for me. Apart from learning so many brilliant new ideas and creative ways of using DB2, this show has done so much to improve my personal skills in effective communication and has shown me how much more I can improve in that area just by listening to the other contestants.
I have listened to all the contestants from the beginning of the show and I am planning to do so again because some of the ideas were such brain teasers that I cannot resist going back to it. For example Ahmad’s tips on the high speed text search is going to be very useful to me and I am sure to everyone else working with XML data.
And I am going to miss Mary’s presentations, she has a unique style of presenting and I hope I can learn to be so creative in my future presentations. Norberto has a lot of expertise in visual communication skills apart from all his great technical tips and so on. I can keep going on all the contestants, everyone had something that I could learn from and I am sure all the audience feel that way too!
I want to thank the host of this event Scott Hayes and IDUG for a very unique experience! I think this was an innovative idea of conducting a contest through a webinar which I can predict is going to get very popular among all the technical communities!!
Thank you to all the judges Susan, Martin, Klaas and Cristian for their wonderful critique, it kept me motivated throughout this contest!
I still have a lot to talk about but I promised to keep it short , so I will stop here!
Susan, Thank you for letting me share my experience on this great show!
Have a great day everyone and don’t forget to register for the April 8th DB2Night Show event!
Hope to see everyone there!
She didn’t suggest that you watch the replays and vote, so I’ll do that! You’ll really enjoy the presentations and the tips you’ll learn. And as JB says, you can learn from the presenters to fine tune your presentation and teaching skills.
Earlier this week I was honoured to be a guest lecturer at York University. A few years ago, I made contact with Professor Franck van Breugel who teaches a master’s level course in computer science. Franck was interested in improving the quality of his student’s writing skills. Franck, like me, understands that being able to write or communicate well are important skills to take into any career.
So for the third year in a row, I met with Franck’s class and presented a slideshow created by Roger Sanders that corresponds with his upcoming book “From Idea to Print”. Roger used the slides as the basis for a full day writing workshop on how to create and publish technical documents. I’ve modified the slides so that I can teach them in a little more than an hour and touch on the basics of how to improve writing skills.
What are the basics?
1. Schedule time to write. If you wait until you’re “in the mood to write”, you’ll never get anything done! Set goals for how much you want to accomplish and move to another section if one is causing you grief. Reward yourself as targets are reached.
2. Have a strong outline before you start to write. I know it sounds cliché, but the more up front planning you do, the easier the writing will be. Even for technical documents, you should “tell a story”. Have a beginning, say a problem that needs to be solved; a middle, the search for a solution; and an end, a strong conclusion.
3. Let some personality show through in the writing. There are some cases where dry, factual writing is required, but where it’s not, let the writing be conversational or slightly casual to be of interest to the reader. Always think of your reader. Even if the writing is just for a school paper, the last thing you want to do is to bore the reader so that the ending is never reached.
4. Diagrams and tables are useful, but ONLY if they are tied tightly with the text. Don’t put them there just for filler because they’ll never be looked at. The best idea is to add reference numbers to the diagrams and have text to lead the reader from one point to the next. If that sounds like too much work, maybe the diagram isn’t really needed.
5. No one’s writing is perfect… every author needs to review and revise their work many times. Most authors get quite tired of reading what they’ve written by the time it is “finished”.
To make revision as easy as possible, I suggest that each time you go through your draft, look for one specific thing at a time. For instance, the first time through, check that you are using the active voice instead of passive. Next, go through and look to make sure headings and lists use parallel wording. Next, look for words that are commonly spelled incorrectly that will not be caught by a spell checker. And so on.
6. For everyone, but especially if you are English-second language, consider reading the text out loud or have the computer read it to you. You may be able to hear problems in the wording easier than you can read them. Also, look at past comments you’ve received on writing assignments. Likely you often make the same errors every time you write, so pay close attention to how your previous errors were corrected, and go through your document to specifically focus on improving these problem areas.
7. For the past month I’ve been acting as a judge on the “DB'2’s Got Talent” competition on the “DB2Night Show”. Much of the advice here about writing also came out on that show in terms of improving the quality of a technical presentation. Even if you don’t fully understand the topic being discussed (as was true for me many times) you’ll be able to see what makes a presentation “good”.
8. There are a lot more details that will help you, so I encourage you to get a copy of Roger’s book when it is published. One last piece of advice. If you’re writing a technical document, your goal is not to make it “beautiful”… your goal is clarity. You want to ensure that anyone who reads what you’ve written understands your technical messages.
After the lecture, I found out that Sam Lightstone had recently visited the campus to give career advice similar to what he wrote in his book “Making it Big in Software”. Apparently he had a massive audience and Prof Franck told me that the students were buzzing with excitement after the talk. Sam is recording a podcast to be featured on Safari Books Online. Once I have the details, I’ll post here.
I know it seems early to start planning for a fall conference, but I’m sure
you’ll agree that time flies! Not only does it fly, but it takes time to put
together a justification proposal to attend the conference and to get it
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