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Now there is no better time to build your technical reference library of IBM Press books. Until December 31, 2007 you can save 35% off your order when you make a purchase at the IBM Press Bookstore. 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.
Here are some titles that published this year that you may want to consider:
Understanding DB2 9 Securityby Rebecca Bond, Kevin Yeung-Kuen See, Carmen Ka Man Wong, Yuk-Kuen Henry ChanUnderstanding DB2 9 Security is the only comprehensive guide to securing DB2 and leveraging the powerful new security features of DB2 9. Direct from a DB2 Security deployment expert and the IBM DB2 development team, this book gives DBAs and their managers a wealth of security information that is available nowhere else. It presents real-world implementation scenarios, step-by-step examples, and expert guidance on both the technical and human sides of DB2 security.
Mining the Talk: Unlocking the Business Value in Unstructured Informationby Scott Spangler, Jeffrey Kreulen Written by IBM researchers, and describes, techniques used in research assets used internally at IBM and by IBM consultants on customer service engagements. IBM Alphaworks provides a free demonstration copy of one of the early text-mining tools called IBM Unstructured Information Modeler as an adjunct to this book.
DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows DBA Guide, Reference, and Exam Prepby George Baklarz and Paul ZikopoulosEverything a DBA needs to know about DB2 9... from installation to XML to security.
Apache Con starts this Sunday in San Diego: http://apachecon.com
George Baklarz, one of the authors of "Apache Derby-Off to the Races", will be at the conference giving a free copy of the book to each attendee!
If you are not attending the conference, we've set up an electronic coupon that gives you a 35% discount and free shipping in the US. See http://www.ibm.com/software/data/education/bookstore/ for details.
I've made this book the Recommended Book for December" as well.
"Apache Derby-Off to the Races," includes details of IBM Cloudscape. Derby benefits include running on both Linux and Windows and supporting JDBC, SQLJ, PHP, Python and Perl--open source at its finest. The book illustrates all the basics of the database and provides an extensive overview of all the APIs supported by IBM Cloudscape. Sample applications are worked throughout the book, and the reader may apply skills learned immediately.
On Friday I dropped into a bank to deposit a royalty cheque. The bank teller was quite interested to hear that I am an author and that I help others publish books. Even though I told her that I have a very narrow field: technical books about DB2, she still wanted my card and has followed up with a few questions about how to get started.
She's from Croatia and would like to write a travel book for those traveling there. I have no idea as to where to start for this type of book, but I gave her the same advice that I would give to anyone writing any book. Here is what I would say for someone wanting to write a technical book:
1) Search on amazon to see what books are available. Read the TOC or Index if you can and see if it would be different than the book you have in mind. For technical books, also check to see if there a redbook that covers the topic.
2) Read the comments from the readers to see what people like or dislike about the various books. Use this information to help you decide on what you want to focus on.
3) Look into buying a book about writing a book. I found several on amazon for writing travel books, but here's what I'd suggest for technical books:
Developing Quality Technical Information: A Handbook for Writers and Editors (2nd Edition)
4) Consider checking out blogs on the topic you are interested in. Do the blogs exist? Are you considered an expert or knowledgeable in the area? Would you start your own blog? Apparently some people are putting their draft chapters in blogs to be reviewed and critiqued before the material is finalized and published.
5) Consider writing an article to be published in a magazine or online. Quite often you will be paid for the content. This will help you make a name for yourself in the topic area.
6) Answer the following questions, as these are likely the questions a publisher will ask you to determine if they want to take the risk on your book:
1. Working Title:
2. Brief Description: In one or two paragraphs, describe the work, its purpose, rationale, and approach.
3. Outstanding Features: Briefly list what you consider to be the three (or more) outstanding, distinctive or unique features of the work and why.
a. Identify the intended target audience.
b. At what level is the book targeted (beginner, intermediate, advanced)?
c. Is it primarily descriptive or qualitative, elementary or rigorous, etc.?
d. Estimate the size of the target audience and ways to verify the estimate.
e. Identify some of the obstacles faced by this target audience when it comes to mastering the proposed topic.
5. Status of the Book:
a. What portion of the material is now complete?
b. When do you expect to have a complete manuscript?
c. If chapters are not available now for review, when will they be ready to submit?
d. How many and what type of figures (e.g. drawings, half-tones, charts, photos, etc.) do you plan?
e. If producing the material electronically, what hardware, operating system, software, macros, etc. will you be using?
6. Competition: Consider the existing books in this field and discuss their strengths and weaknesses individually and specifically. This material is written for reviewers and not for publication, so please be as frank as possible.
a. Identify competing titles currently available, noting the author, title, publisher, price, page count, and year. Compare each to your proposed work, noting the similarities as well as the differences.
b. Indicate why the work you propose to deliver is unique. Compare and contrast your credentials to the credentials of the authors of the other books.
c. If there are no books on this subject, explain why you believe there still is market interest.
Also visit http://www.ibm.com/ibmpress for a proposal template that you can download as well as answers to frequently asked questions.
Don't get scared off by the number of steps listed above! Writing a book is very possible and the thing you need most is passion for the topic!
The International DB2 Users Group (IDUG®) is pleased to promote the SoftBase DB2 UDB for z/OS Version 8: FOR DEVELOPERS ONLY Webinar featuring Craig S. Mullins, a DB2 educational event being held this Wednesday, May 3, 2006 at 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST.
This technical session will highlight DB2 UDB for z/OS Version 8 enhancements that directly impact DB2 application developers when performing their jobs. The target audience is Application Developers, Project Leaders, Application Managers or any IT staff members who will be involved in developing, testing and deploying DB2 for z/OS Version 8 applications.
To register for this Webinar, please visit http://www.softbase.com/db2developersonly/index.php?ncid=4606
Highlights of this Webinar include:* Overview of all key SQL enhancements within DB2 UDB for z/OS Version 8 such as SELECT from INSERT, MULTI-ROW FETCH & INSERT, SEQUENCE and IDENTITY columns and MULTIPLE DISTINCT* Review of all new DB2 for z/OS Version 8 SQL Error Codes* Examples of program code to handle new DB2 Version 8 GET DIAGNOSTICS and SQL Error Codes* Explanation of new Star Join enhancements in DB2 for z/OS Version 8* Explanation of new Recursive SQL* Review of new Materialized Query Tables in DB2 Version 8 that dramatically improve DB2 Data Warehousing Application performance* SoftBase will be raffling off 10 free copies of the DB2 Developer's Guide by Craig S. Mullins to registered participants at the end of the webinar* All webinar attendees will receive complimentary SoftBase DB2 for z/OS Version 8 Highlights and SQL Error Code reference cards* And much, much more![Read More]
The list of books that readers of the db2mag.com voted on are similar to the list that I put together a month ago on my blog.
DB2 Magazine Email Newsletter
Volume 6, Issue 12
"If gifts of knowledge are on your holiday list, take another look at these five titles that clicked with this newsletter's readers.
--SQL in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition
--Understanding DB2: Learning Visually with Examples
--Self-Service Linux: Determining Problems and Finding Solutions
--Rexx Programmer's Reference
--Apache Derby--Off to the Races
Congratulations to the authors of these books for publishing one of the best books of the year! Thanks also to the staff at db2mag.com for their continued interest in the books that we publish.
Today's assessment question is also from Section 1: Database objects and Programming Methods (13%). Specifically, it tests this objective:
* Your ability to identify the different database objects that are available with DB2 UDB.
Given the following CREATE TABLE statement:
CREATE TABLE tab1
(empid INTEGER GENERATED ALWAYS AS IDENTITY,
Which of the operations will cause an error to be generated?
A. INSERT INTO tab1 VALUES (DEFAULT, 'Jagger', 'E01')
B. INSERT INTO tab1 VALUES (1, 'Jagger', 'E01')
C. INSERT INTO tab1 (name) VALUES ('Jagger')
D. INSERT INTO tab1 (name) VALUES (NULL)
Where to find the answer:
1) Chapter 2 of Roger Sanders book: DB2(R) Universal Database V8.1 Certification Exam 703 Study Guide
2) Tutorial: http://www.ibm.com/software/data/education/selfstudy.html#2.
3) Product document: search on 'identity columns'
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One of the books that we featured at IOD was The Execution Premium by authors Robert Kaplan and David Norton.
The publisher sent me information about a webinar related to this book that you might be interested in:
The Execution Premium: Making Strategy Your Competitive Advantage NowA conversation with David Norton, author of The Balanced Scorecard and The Execution PremiumWednesday, December 10, noon – 1:30 U.S./Canadian EST
To learn more, click here.[Read More]
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Episode # 8
Topic: DB2 Workload Manager
Friday Dec 11
To register for this episode click here.
Today I'd like to tell you about a book that is coming out in September that I think you'll like. The book is:
Self-Service Linux: Mastering the Art of Problem Determination
by Mark Wilding, Dan Behman
Save 34% on amazon.com today! Book will be shipped to you on Sept 21, 2005.
Why this book? Well first of all, I worked for months (possibly as much as 2 years) with Mark and Dan to get this book published. Originally it was to be a title under IBM Press, but at the last minute it was moved to the Bruce Perens' Open Source Series.
As part of my job, I needed to get the manuscript reviewed by as many people as possible. Here are a few of the comments I received:
'This welcome addition to the Linux bookshelf provides real insight into the black-art of debugging. Its stance is based on the scenario of the live environment, which often requires of the problem solver a great deal of ingenuity. The introductory material provides real insight into process of debugging and will provide valuable guidance to anyone wishing to engage in this process. All too often debugging books concentrate solely on the tools but this book avoids that pitfall by concentrating on examples. The authors dissect and discuss each example in detail; in so doing they give invaluable insight into the Linux environment from a debugging perspective and the use of the debugging tools.'
Richard J Moore
IBM Advanced Linux Response Team - Linux Technology Centre
'Good stuff. I particularly like the tongue-in-cheek flavor of the writing. '
IBM Linux Technology Center
'It was quite comprehensive and very readable. I learnt a few things, too!'
IBM Linux Technology Centre
So, what's in the book? Here are some details from the back cover of the book:
* The indispensable troubleshooting resource for every Linux administrator, developer, support professional, and power user!
* Systematically resolve errors, crashes, hangs, performance slowdowns, unexpected behavior, and unexpected outputs
* Master essential Linux troubleshooting tools, including strace, gdb, kdb, SysRq, /proc, and more
* Includes production-ready data collection script that can save you hours in debugging remote mission-critical systems
The indispensable start-to-finish troubleshooting guide for every Linux professional
Now, there's a systematic, practical guide to Linux troubleshooting for every power user, administrator, and developer. In Self-Service Linux, two of IBM's leading Linux experts introduce a four-step methodology for identifying and resolving every type of Linux-related system or application problem: errors, crashes, hangs, performance slowdowns, unexpected behavior, and unexpected outputs. You'll learn exactly how to use Linux's key troubleshooting tools to solve problems on your ownnd how to make more effective use of professional support services and the Linux community's knowledge.
If you use Linux professionally, this book can dramatically increase your efficiency, productivity, and marketability. If you're involved with deploying or managing Linux in the enterprise, it can help you significantly reduce operations costs, enhance availability, and improve ROI.
Another reason why I want you to know about this book is that DB2 on Linux continues to make news for its performance benchmarks. Here is a link to an article that published earlier this month:
With such great performance and now books to help get over any Linux hurdles, it seems to me that we'll be seeing much more of these two products in the future!
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