I decided to take advantage of some unproductive time and read Chapter 1 the Overview and Installation section. I read it while my Son was taking his Guitar lesson. How Geeky can you get. Sitting in a car, reading a ebook from a Laptop. Chapter 1 covers the overview and installation of Data Studio, basic stuff. I've have a VMware workstation license and decided to load all my software onto a virtual image. In other words a Guest operating system. Using a Virtual system works great for skill building and training purposes. It allows you to take snapshots, revert back to previous configurations, etc. It works great for me, If I screw something up. I can always go back to the saved version.
I'm fairly familiar with DB2, receiving my DB2 Database Associate Certification several years ago. I also know my way around Eclipse having worked with various versions throughout the years. I've never used Data Studio and since it's replacing the DB2 Control Center and Developer Workbench. I'd like to get to know it better. I took the authors recommendation and downloaded, Data Studio, DB2 Express C 9.7, WebSphere Application Server Community Edition V2.1 and the Go Sales sample database.
The only issue I had, was the link to download the sample database. It didn't work. I Googled "GSDB download" and found the sample database here.
I'm good to go.
On to Chapter 2,
Looking for Skills in all the Wrong Places: "Keeping Skills current when you have No Time, No Budget and No Travel"
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The old Chinese proverb states, "The Longest Journey begins with the First Step". When it comes to obtaining and keeping skills current the Journey never really ends. Technology changes so rapidly, as soon as you become proficient on one Programming Language, Architecture or Operating System. Bam, it's outdated,deprecated or just plain out of fashion. So, now what do you do? You can't rely on what you use to know. You have to keep your skills up, but how? You got no time, you got no money and travel is out of the question.
I struggle personally with Blogs, wanting to write one for some time. For the life of me, I couldn't figure out what to write about. I see no use in blogging just for the sake of blogging. It's a waste of the readers time and its a waste of my time too. The light bulb finally went off when I received a copy of IBM's DB2 on Campus ebook entitled," Getting started with Data Studio for DB2"
I like all IT Professionals need to keep my skills current and keep abreast of new skills offerings. So why not blog about my experiences with the new ebook offering? The game plan is to work through at least one chapter per week and talk about my experiences. If you're interested in Data Studio or DB2, your welcome to join me and we can share our thoughts. I'll try to post all relevant links to software, documentation and anything else I find useful.
Let's begin with the First Step,