Posted Tuesday, September 28, 2014.
I have found that over the years, some of the best ways for me to keep up with what’s going on in the wonderful world of DB2 for z/OS is teaching DB2 for z/OS (something I stopped doing many years ago when I returned to IBM), presenting at conferences and user group meetings (something I rarely do anymore, not sure why), writing articles, and maintaining this blog. There is actually a logical progression through that short short list that in part,l is the focus of this blog. Of course, as you can notice by the table that follows, not the most significant part of this post.
I started to teach DB2 classes just shortly after DB2 burst onto the market. At the time that IBM senior management “strongly suggested” I become a DB2 instructor, I was working primarily with IMS as an IMS Systems Programmer and dabbling in the fascinating world of MVS systems programming. I often joke now about how I moved from IMS to DB2 “kicking and screaming” all the way. After all, back in the early 1980s, IMS was THE database system of the day and DB2 was some upstart struggling to make a name for itself. As history tells the story, IBM management was very persuasive and I made the career changing double transition; from systems programmer to instructor and from IMS/VS to DB2. Needless to say, DB2 did survive. And looking back, all that change was probably the best move of my career. Everything I do today professionally, I am able to do because of those two simple career changes; becoming an instructor and working with DB2.
After teaching DB2 for a few years, I was eventually invited to speak at a conference; GUIDE. From GUIDE to IDUG and then to local DB2 user groups, my speaking career grew mostly due to my days as an instructor and what I had learned during that time.
I then became fascinated with the idea of writing an article on something to do with DB2. For me, the easiest way to do that was to script one of my more popular presentations and then fashion that script into an article. My first publishing experience came with an article on Buffer Pools that I wrote for the then “Enterprise System Journal” which eventually became “z/Journal Magazine” and is now called “Enterprise Tech Journal”. In my list of published articles at the end of this post, you might notice that the majority of the articles I have been fortunate enough to get published have been published in one of those three magazines just mentioned. That loyalty to one magazine (or better yet one magazine publishing company) is no mere coincidence. Bob Thomas, the founder of the parent company to all the magazines just mentioned, took a risk publishing that first article for me. I was a huge fan of “Mainframe Journal” (the magazine’s title before “Enterprise System Journal”) in the mid-80s. The articles published in that magazine where written by some of the best in the business. I thought it would be so cool to also be one of those writers. Bob made that happen for me. Bob gave me my start. In fact, Bob may have altered my entire career.
The other title that you might notice shows up quite a bit is the “IDUG Solutions Journal”. I was heavily involved in the publication back in its day as a writer and an editor. Most of the stuff listed in the following table represent a column I wrote in the magazine.
I started blogging back in 2005 as a way of promoting my speaking engagements and articles. You’re reading this post, so you know that blogging piece has become far more. Now the articles are based on the blog, rather than the other way around.
What follows is a list of articles I have published over the last 20 years. I have tried to keep the links up to date which is no small task considering how often URLs change.
|September 2014||IBM Systems Magazine: Mainframe Edition||zEDC Helps Compress System Management Facility Data|
|August 2014||IBM Systems Magazine: Mainframe Edition||Achieve Significant Compression With zEDC|
|March/April 2014||Enterprise Tech Journal||A Distributed Terminology Refresher on DB2 DDF Subsystem Parameter Settings|
|Winter 2011||z/Journal Magazine||Taking Business Analytics to New Levels: IBM’s DB2 Analytics Accelerator|
|June/July 2011||z/Journal Magazine||A First Look: DB2 10 DSNZPARM Changes|
|February/March 2011||z/Journal Magazine||DB2 10 for z/OS: The Most Secure DB2 Yet (Cover Article)|
|December/January 2011||z/Journal Magazine||The DB2 Catalog Gets a Makeover|
|September 2010||IBM Systems Magazine: Mainframe Edition||Remodeling The Data Warehouse|
|August/September 2010||z/Journal Magazine||DB2 for z/OS Parallelism|
|June/July 2010||z/Journal Magazine||Top-10 Features of DB2 10 for z/OS: A Preview|
|April/May 2010||z/Journal Magazine||The Magic of Keeping DB2 in Order|
|November/December 2009||IBM Systems Magazine: Mainframe Edition||Managing BI with IBM Workload Manager (One of four authors)|
|August 2009||z/OS HOT TOPICS Newsletter - Issue 21||Oh, the places you’ll go: Mainframe communities go social (co-authored)|
|April/May 2009||z/Journal Magazine||How DB2 9 for z/OS Can Improve a Data Warehouse’s Performance|
|October/November 2008||z/Journal Magazine||The Magic of DB2’s Prefetch|
|August/September 2008||z/Journal Magazine||Want to Know What DB2 Is Doing? Take a Closer Look at DB2's TRACE|
|June/July 2008||z/Journal Magazine||Data Warehousing with DB2 for z/OS... Again|
|February/March 2008||z/Journal Magazine||The Big Deal About Making Things Smaller: DB2 Compression|
|September, 2007||IBM White Paper||DB2 for z/OS Version 8: Upgrade Planning - What We’ve Learned|
|August/September 2007||z/Journal Magazine||Structure and Format Enhancements in DB2 9 for z/OS|
|June/July 2007||z/Journal Magazine||Myth-Busting: DB2 Version 8 CPU Regression|
|February/March 2007||z/Journal Magazine||The DB2 for z/OS Catalog and Directory: Is There Any Data More Important?|
|August/September 2006||z/Journal Magazine||zIIPing Along|
|June/July 2006||z/Journal Magazine||DB2 Packages: A Deeper Look|
|February/March 2006||z/Journal Magazine||Getting Re-Acquainted With DB2 Packages|
|Quarter 1, 2006||DB2 Magazine||Fetching New Features|
|August/September 2005||z/Journal Magazine||Just the Good This Time: More DSNZPARM|
|April/May, 2005||z/Journal Magazine||The Good, the Bad, and the Really Ugly: DSNZPARM|
|Fall, 2004||IBM eSupport||The Impact of the DB2 Installation Parameter CONTSTOR=YES|
|Spring, 2002||DB2 Magazine||Cursors: Foiled No More|
|Spring, 2001||IDUG Solutions Journal||A Challenging History: From Tortise to Hare|
|Winter, 2000||IDUG Solutions Journal||Are You Certifiable? "DB2 Certification"|
|Summer, 2000||IDUG Solutions Journal||Upgrading Your Attachments|
|Spring, 2000||IDUG Solutions Journal||You Said What?|
|Febuary, 2000||DB2 Magazine||The Trigger Effect|
|November, 1999||IDUG Solutions Journal||Can Your Dog Fetch a Mouse?|
|November, 1999||IDUG Solutions Journal||e-People|
|October, 1998||IDUG Solutions Journal||Trends through the 21st Century|
|August, 1998||IDUG Solutions Journal||Java, JDBC, and SQL: Are they ready for prime time?|
|August, 1998||IDUG Solutions Journal||Book Review of "A Complete Guide to DB2 Universal Database by Don Chamberlin"|
|March, 1998||IDUG Solutions Journal||Data Warehouse Administration: The Challenges Never Stop|
|1997||BMC TechNews||Sysplex Query Parallelism|
|May, 1997||IDUG Solutions Journal||Unlocking the Page in DB2|
|November, 1996||IDUG Solutions Journal||A First Look at DB2 for MVS Version 5|
|June, 1996||IBM's DB2 Family News||Using Type 2 Indexes in DB2 for MVS/ESA Version 4|
|April, 1996||BMC TechNews||So Your Still Not Using Packages! Why?|
|January, 1996||BMC TechNews||Stored Procedures, Now Appearing at Your Local DB2 (Part 2 of 2)|
|January, 1996||Disaster Recovery Journal||The Impact of DB2 Version 4 on Recovery|
|October, 1995||BMC TechNews||Stored Procedures, Now Appearing at Your Local DB2 (Part 1 of 2)|
|November, 1994||Relational Database Journal||The Impact of DB2 Version 3 On Recovery Processing|
|September, 1994||Enterprise System Journal||Avoiding Locks in DB2® Version 3|
|February, 1994||Enterprise System Journal||Buffer Pools in DB2 Version 3|
....While writing today's blog entry, I was listening to The Crusaders's 1973 release "The 2nd Crusade". This album is the one that featured Larry Carlton for the first time playing with the Crusaders, who dropped the "Jazz" part of their name they used int he 60's. It was the Jazz Crusaders that got me hooked on Jazz back in the late 1960's. kind of like another beginning for me......
Well, that's it for now.... And as always, thank you for stopping by and thank you for your continued support....