I'm sure that everyone reading BLOG entries understands the impact a word of mouth reference can be. If someone you know and respect recommends something to you, most likely you will be receptive to the recommendation. Conversely, if they strongly recommend against something, most likely you'll stay away from it as well.
Even if you don't personally know the person who made a review, you'll likely be influenced if a large number of people had similar positive or negative comments.
Book sales are strongly impacted by reader comments and reviews.
What you can do:
1) Add a reader comment on amazon.com, amazon.ca, or any other online bookstore.
2) Create a listmania list on amazon.com that groups all your recommended titles in one place.
3) If you are a blog owner, consider recommending useful or well-written books to your readers.
4) If you are a blog reader, post a comment here or on other blogs mentioning books that you have read that you liked.
IBM Press books can build mindshare
IBM Press now has a large collection of books published related to various IBM technologies. If you are reading these books and like them, it would help if you would put your thoughts on amazon.com.
What would this idea do? What would it accomplish?
Amazon is a very popular tool that is used throughout the world. Most people think of it as a place to buy books, but they also sell many other products as well. The extreme popularity of amazon can have a large impact on the sales of books. Books that get many positive reviews on amazon get noticed and are often featured on leading pages. This can lead to more sales for the book and may earn the book a spot in the bookshelves of leading bookstores.
How would this idea work?
IBM Press books are being published by Pearson Education, but IBM Press is new relative to competitor series such as Microsoft Press and Oracle Press, so volumes are currently lower. More reader comments can help build the popularity of these books. Our competitors have had much success in gaining placement at the stores and as a result are attracting new and future customers who feel that IBM's products are not established well enough to warrant a retail book to be available. Many people may wrongly assume that Oracle is a better product than DB2 just by walking into a bookstore or viewing the reader comments on amazon.com.
BLOGs are also helpful in creating an audience for a book or an idea. Check this out:
Recently, the WebFountain crew has been tracking blogs to predict which books would hit the online best-seller lists (it correctly predicted the U.S. success of the self-help book "What Not to Wear"), see http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8767392/site/newsweek/ and http://fringe.almaden.ibm.com/fringe/html/person?focus=urn%3Abluepages%3Aid%3Auid%23958525897
Keep on Learning
Earlier I mentioned how proud I was of this book. One of the authors has just sent me a blog review of this book from James Koopmann(http://blogs.ittoolbox.com/database/solutions/archives/005241.asp).
Clearly James is also very impressed with the book for many reasons. If you haven't checked this book out yet, I encorage you to do so.
I have made this the August book of the month and coincidentally, Amazon decided to put it on special. You can get the book at a 37% discount right now! Go for it.
Also, the book has made it into Amazon's top 100 ranking and all 9 of the reader comments is positive.
Read it and let me know what you think! I'm looking at this book as a model for other future IBM Press books. What do you think?
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'
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!
Invest in Your Skills and Learn about new functionality, VERY QUICKLY!
Buy one or more of the best selling DB2 UDB Version 8 books from IBM Press:
DB2 Universal Database V8.1 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration Certification Guide, 5/e
by George Baklarz and Bill Wong
DB2 Version 8: The Official Guide
by Paul Zikopoulos, Roman Melnyk, Dirk DeRoos, George Baklarz
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
Upgrade your certification, very quickly: If you are currently certified as an IBM Certified Solutions Expert - DB2 UDB V7.1 Database Administration for Linux, UNIX, Windows and OS/2, you qualify to take the upgrade exam: Test 706: DB2 UDB V8.1 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration Upgrade. If you have the V7 pre-requisite certification and you pass Exam 706, you will qualify as an IBM Certified Database Administrator - DB2 Universal Database V8.1 for Linux, UNIX and Windows. Exam 706 has 30 questions and is focused on the changes from DB2 UDB V7.1 and DB2 UDB V8.1 - http://www.ibm.com/certify/tests/obj706.shtml.
For further details on migrating, see a tech note written by DB2 support experts:
I'm getting ready to go to the Tech Conference in Orlando next week. Make sure you look for me at the free certification lab. We're hoping to give more than 900 exams next week!
Susan Visser[Read More]
This week I'm in Orlando working at the DB2 Information Management Conference. My main role at the conference is to administer certification exams to the attendees. The exams are normally $120 - $150 each, but are free to attendees this week.
Business is strong! We've given nearly 200 exams in the first day! Many of these exams are at the entry level which means that we still have many new people to our certification programs. The passing rate is also quite good, with a 72% overall.
My second role at the conference is to promote the DB2 books that we've published. We have a bookstore set up that is managed by Pearson's Kathleen Addis and Jamie Milazzo. All books are offered at a 30% discount and they're selling well. The series of study guides by Roger Sanders are selling very well since these books are very well-written and include sample questions that can help readers gauge whether they are prepared to take the exam.
My third role is to network with people! This is one of my favourite things. I was able to connect with many people who I've known through the conferences I've attended through the years, but also I've met many new people.
Someone I met yesterday told my that he has two book favourite DBA books that he "never leaves home without!". These are the books:
DB2 Universal Database V8.1 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration Certification Guide, Fifth Edition
Advanced DBA Certification Guide and Reference for DB2 Universal Database v8.1 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows, First Edition
I agree with him totally and wanted to share this with you.
I spoke with a few people about promoting the DB2 Express book and the future Cloudscape book. I have quite a few ideas that I'll share with you later once I gather more ideas.
If you are at the conference, please stop by and say hi! If not, I hope you can attend one in the future.
Another 200 exams taken on the second day of the conference! That brings our two day total of exams given to 400! We appear to be on our way to breaking our previous record of conference exams.
Lots of action in the bookstore as well. Many people are choosing to purchase one of the Sanders study guide or the certification guides rather than paying $10 to take an assessment exam. The study guides have a set of assessment questions that explain reason an answer is correct. This may be more helpful to prepare for the exam than taking the assessment exams on their own.
Another observation: For those of us in Canada, we're used to having two prices on any book we purchase: a US price and a Canadian price. These prices are set when the book cover is produced and the Canadian price is set based on the exchange rate at that time. Several of our very popular books were published 3 years ago when the Canadian dollar was very low compared to the US dollar. As a result, a $50 book in the United States costs $90 in Canada. The current exchange rate is about 20%, so these prices are very much out of whack. Unfortunately prices are not changed until a new edition is published, so the Canadian buyer must pay the price listed on the book. One way around this is for Canadians who are attending the conference to purchase the books while they are here. They will need to carry the book back with them, but they will pay the US price and get a 30% conference discount. So that $50 book will cost $35 US plus the exchange rate, so about $45 Canadian. What a great deal!
Yesterday morning I administered exams at the Content Management Techical Conference which is being held at the Swan. Business is slower here, but there is lots of interest in the new Content Management Exam 443: DB2 Content Manager V8.3. There was a course in the evening from 6:30 - 9:30 to help people prepare for this exam. I'll let you know tomorrow if that changes the results at all.
That's all for now. Back to networking with people at the conference.
We gave another 200 exams on our third day. This brings the total number of exams given this week to over 600! We've been giving free exams to the attendees of this conference for more that 7 years now, so the attendees look forward to this offer.
Our exams normally cost $150 per try, so many conference attendees use this savings as a way to justify their conference fees. There are attendees who have taken and PASSED more than 5 exams this week. That is a significant savings for their companies, just in terms of the exam fees.
Also because our free testing is an annual event, people are coming prepared. I find that our first day pass rate for exams is extremely high largely due to the fact that people are preparing to take the exams before they come. We also run pre-conference exam crammer courses on the Sunday before the exams begin and I find that these people usually do well on the exams. This year we had Susan Lawson, Roger Sanders, and Bob Snell teach the crammer courses and those who attended them found them to be very useful.
The passing rate seems to fall as the week progresses though. I think this is due to the fact that people have passed the exams that they really wanted to pass and begin trying exams that they aren't fully prepared for. This is fine since each exam can be taken twice while at the conference and the score reports help people pin point the areas where they need to do more studying.
I had a few people comment that they aren't fans of certification exams because they know others who have passed an exam simply by reading a book. Although I'm sure it happens that a person passes an exam by reading a book, I find that our exams are experience-based and tend to be very difficult to pass simply by reading a book. In fact I have found that there are people who have worked on DB2 products for years but their focus is so narrow that they need to broaden their understanding of the product by reading books or taking classes before they are able to pass the exam.
The class we ran for the CM exam seems to have been successful. We had 40 people attend a three hour session after the conference ended for the day. Most of these people came to take Exam 443 as it was a very busy day for us!
The bookstore closed at the end of yesterday with not a single z/OS book remaining! Perhaps this means that the adoption rate for DB2 z/OS V8 is increasing! Susan Lawson's certification guide, Craig Mullins' Developer Guide, and Susan Sloan's Official Guide were the three top sellers at the conference. All three titles sold out of the copies the publisher brought to the conference and many orders were placed for books to be shipped directly to the reader.
That's it for today. Only half a day left at CMTC and a day and a half at the Information Management Technical Conference.
875 exams taken after 4 days! Very steady business. We offer DB2, WebSphere, Lotus, Tivoli and Rational exams, but clearly this is a DB2 crowd! We offer all the exams to help people become cross trained in all SWG products.
I had dinner with Roger Sanders last night. I first met Roger years ago just after he published his first book about DB2. I'm glad that I was able to work with him on the three Exam Study guides that he wrote for our Version 8 exams and I'm working very hard to get more book projects for Roger.
Roger tells me that he gets lots of reader feedback about his sample questions and how useful readers find it that he explains the reason an answer is correct. I'm sure that now that IBM charges $10 per take on the assessment exams, more people will choose to use Roger's books for his assessment questions as well as the content of the book.
One of the projects I got involved with in January was to set up a program for Russia to get more people trained and certified. I suggested that we translate Roger's Exam 700 Study Guide along with a few other materials. I am happy to say that Roger's book is now available in Russia and that Roger has been invited to run a crammer course to a select group. It is great how quickly we were able to make this initiative a reality! If we are successful in getting people certified at the entry level, we'll continue the program and focus on Exams 701 and 703.
I was also privileged to meet several people from Brazil this week. We talked at great lengths about the various ways we can increase certifications there as well. I fully believe that you can't just throw a test at someone and hope that they pass. You need to build a program around the test, similar to what we are doing in Russia: a book that people can read and keep to refer to over time, hands on experience, and if possible, training sessions. And then the exams. I am very hopeful that we will be able pull something together for Brazil and other countries as well.
I'm writing this entry on Friday morning at 9:00 am and we have a room filled with people who are currently taking an exam and another room full of people waiting to take their exams before heading home. It has been a very successful week and I look forward to working at next year's conference planned for Dallas in August 2006.
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
The finally tally for exams last week was 951 takes! That is over a 4.5 day period. This is an amazing result -- and with the team we had delivery the exams, it didn't seem like overly hard work as it has in previous years.
Our z/OS exams were extremely popular at the conference as were the books. We completely sold out of the large quantity of the following three z/OS books we had at the show:
DB2 Universal Database for z/OS V8.1 DBA Certification Guide by Susan Lawson
The Official Introduction to DB2 UDB for z/OS Version 8 by Susan Sloan
DB2 Developers Guide, Fourth Edition by Craig Mullins
Of the 951 exams taken last week, 200 were specific to DB2 for z/OS DBA. 31 at the V7 level and happily, 169 at the V8 level. It seems that the move to V8 is on.
Curt Cotner and Willie Favero have both recently started blogs, so for technical information that I'd never be able to provide, check them out.
If you weren't able to attend the conference, you can still buy the books (http://www.ibm.com/software/data/education/bookstore/ref.html#zos) or take the exam at a location near your office, but for a fee (http://www.ibm.com/certify).
I'm getting prepared to work at the IDUG Symposium in Toronto next week (http://conferences.idug.org/techsymposium/2005/index.cfm
). Were not giving free exams at this conference, but I'll be building awareness for the skills programs that we have and will be directing people to the Canadian Pearson bookstore. The publisher is planning to have a promotion on z/OS titles in honour of the conference. Check it out: http://www.pearsontechnology.ca/DB2.
That's all for now. Have a great weekend!
It is usually taboo to talk about how much someone makes, but still, everyone wants to know where they stand in terms of earning potential.
Certmag.com does an annual survey to find out if certifications increase a person's pay or not. The surveys have shown that a person who holds a certification is generally better paid than a similar individual who is not certified. The next logical question is, which certification results in the highest pay?
According to results from last year's survey, certmag says that IBM DB2 certified DBAs earn more than Oracle or Microsoft DBAs!
Enterprise Systems have also done a survey and have recently published their finding:
According to this, DBAs make more than most other IT professionals. Not a surprise, really given the skill and expertise required to do this job. The article also agrees with the findings from certmag.com and lists DB2 as the database where salaries are highest. Actually, DBAs on IMS systems are THE highest.
So, be proud of the fact that you work with DB2 and be proud of your certifications!
If you aren't yet using DB2 or certified, does this help convince you? I hope so!
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
IBM Launched a whole series of Express editions of products to fit the needs of small to medium-sized businesses. Attend the webcast on Oct 12 to learn more:
Webcast: IBM Express Portfolio Announcements - Oct. 12
Designed, built and priced specifically to address the on demand business needs of mid-sized companies, the IBM Express Portfoliofeatures: relevant, scalable technologies that work with existing IT infrastructure; selected configurations that are easier to acquire, install and manage than traditional offerings; competitive pricing and enhanced availability; 100 solutions for mid-sized businesses, ranging from hardware and software to services, and; low-rate financing and simple, affordable leasing options. Register today for this live Web broadcast.
We also specially created the following book to support the express edition:
DB2 Express : Easy Development and Administration by Paul Yip, Kit Man Cheung, Jason Gartner, Clara Liu, Stephen O'Connell
Buy it directly from IBM Press to get a 30% discount:
What is in the book?
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. Now, IBM's own experts show exactly how to get started with DB2 Express, and use it to develop, deploy, and manage superior applications from start to finish.
Like DB2 Express itself, this book cuts out the complexity--helping you achieve the full business benefits of today's most advanced database platform simply and quickly. You'll find step-by-step guidance and expert tips for every facet of DB2 Express development and administration, including: application design; development with both Visual Basic .NET and Java; security; deployment; performance tuning; day-to-day administration; and more.
IBM's own DB2 specialists demonstrate how to use DB2 Express' graphical tools to manage DB2 more easily than any other full-function relational database. Along the way, they help you make the most of DB2 Express' powerful "autonomic" features for self-administration, self-tuning, and self-healing to drive down costs throughout the entire application lifecycle.
This book will help you:
* Understand DB2 Express architecture and its implications for development and administration
* Install DB2 Express, create databases, and master essential DB2 Express tools
* Work with database objects: schemas, data types, tables, relationships, views, and indexes
* Develop VB.NET applications with ADO.NET and the DB2 .NET Data Provider
* Develop Java applications with JDBC and SQLJ
* Leverage DB2's concurrency model to design efficient transactions and improve user experience
* Introduce database functions, stored procedures, and triggers to improve application design
* Generate and manipulate data efficiently: LOAD, IMPORT, exporting to Microsoft Excel, reporting, and more
* Tune performance: optimize your configuration, analyze SQL with Visual Explain, and optimize SQL with Design Advisor
* Secure your applications: authentication, authorization, group privileges, and more
* Deploy to production, and master silent DB2 installations
* Define a solid database maintenance plan that fully leverages DB2 Express autonomic features
* Troubleshoot DB2 Express and avoid common pitfalls
Whether you're a developer, administrator, IT manager, or end-user, this definitive single-source guide will help you achieve results fast... and maximize DB2 Express' business value, every step of the way.
About the Authors
Paul Yip is a database consultant at IBM Canada. As a member of IBM's Channel and Partner Enablement Team, he works closely with partners, ISVs, and integrators to develop and tune third-party products for DB2. He coauthored DB2 SQL Procedure Language for Linux, UNIX and Windows (Prentice Hall, 2003) with Clara Liu.
Kit Man Cheung, member of IBM's DB2 Tools Development Team, has deep technical insight into DB2 Version 8.2's new GUI tools.
Jason Gartner, member of IBM's DB2 Tools Development Team, has deep technical insight into DB2 Version 8.2's new GUI tools. He is Development Manager for DB2 administration tools.
Clara Liu is a database consultant at IBM Canada. As a member of IBM's Channel and Partner Enablement Team, she works closely with partners, ISVs, and integrators to develop and tune third-party products for DB2. She coauthored DB2 SQL Procedure Language for Linux, UNIX and Windows (Prentice Hall, 2003) with Paul Yip.
Stephen O'Connell, member of IBM's DB2 User-Centered Design Team, has worked on the DB2 Web client and many other IBM-wide DB2 initiatives.
Last week I posted about DB2 for z/OS books and mentioned Craig Mullin's book. Unfortunately I mentioned the 4th edition instead of the 5th. Here are the details on the 5th edition:
DB2 Developer's Guide (5th Edition)
by Craig S. Mullins
I added a link to the right hand side of this page to link to his book. Its now on sale at amazon for 29% off.
Also, I mentioned that Curt Cotner has a blog. The address is: http://email@example.com
I've also added a link to the right for your future reference.
Thanks to those who gave me comments to correct these ommissions.
The first edition of the New DB2 Information Management Professional Certification On-line Newsletter is now available.
This newsletter was developed for IBM Certified Professionals who have successfully completed one or more certification exams. This newsletter will provide you with certification announcement special events, promotions, and other skills related news so you can stay in touch with IBM.
Check out the October edition at: http://www.ibm.com/software/data/education/cert-newsletter.html[Read More]
This week the IMS Technical Conference took place at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose. Although I wasn't able to attend the conference, I arranged for each attendee to get a complementary book:
"An Introduction to IMS"
Dean Meltz, the lead author for the book, was available to sign the books for the attendees.
I also arranged for Sharon Qi to sell IBM Press books at a discount. We didn't sell many books, but hopefully more people are now aware that there are books available.
Sharon tells me that many of the attendees were asking for more books on IMS. I'd like to have more published as well, but it mainly depends on how well the current book does.
Besides this book, there is a landing page on dworks for IMS content: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/db2/products/ims/
There are also serveral redbooks:
If you're interested in more books about IMS, let me know what kind of topic you are interested in.
This book is on my mind this week:
Self-Service Linux: Mastering the Art of Problem Determination
by Mark Wilding, Dan Behman
The publisher sent me 40 copies of the book to send to people who helped review the book or to people who will read the book and tell others about it. Yesterday Dan Behman came by and signed more than 20 copies of the book and I'm hoping to see Mark Wilding some time today. Once they are signed, I'll send them to the many people who helped with the creation of the book.
Publishers are always looking for people who are interested in reviewing books: both books that are published or about to be published. If you are interested in becoming a reviewer, let me know. Opinionated people are always welcome!
Speaking of reviews, check out the reviews that are on amazon now for the SSL book. The book has two very positive comments so far.
CASCON, The Centre for Advanced Studies Conference, is taking place this week in Toronto. CASCON is the premiere computer science and software engineering conference in Canada. This conference is an excellent venue for exchanging ideas, showcasing results, experiences and tools, and networking with researchers and practitioners from academia, industry, and government.
Here is a link to give more information: https://www.ibm.com/ibm/cas/cascon/
Yesterday I had lunch with Stephen Perelgut who ran a workshop on popular technologies such as blogging, podcasting, and RSS feeds. Stephen is running two sessions this week, and both are full to capacity. I was too late to sign up for either of his workshops, so I'm not able to attend. Stephen tells me that he may run another session in the Toronto Lab for employees in a few months.
After lunch I met with Dr. Imran A. Zualkernan who is working on a technology to turn flow diagrams into test questions. Dr. Zualkerman showed me this technology in action using a flow diagram for a few DB2 UDB task. Seems interesting, but I don't think it's ready for prime time use yet. I'll provide some user scenarios to Dr. Zaulkerman so he can further test this technology. Using this technology might be helpful when creating sample study questions. We'll see.
I spent the afternoon in a Women in Technology Workshop: Tenth Workshop on Women in Technology: Global Transformation for Women & ICT.
This workshop discussed the ongoing action needed to transform the global position of women in Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The speakers/facilitators included: Claudia Morrell, Kelly Lyons, Sophia Huyer, and Ann Holmes.
It is conceived as a follow-on to the First International Symposium on Women and ICT that took place June 12-14, 2005 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Two hundred and fifty participants, representing six continents and 29 developing and developed countries, including leaders from business, government, non-government agencies, and education, gathered to explore concrete ways to increase girls' and women's participation and leadership with Information and Communication Technology in order to effect economic, social, and political change.
The focus of the CASCON session was to discuss the messages that should be presented at the second United Nations World Summit on the Information Society, Tunis 16-18 November 2005. The goal is to change the gender disparity evidenced in Women and Information Technology: Fast Facts at http://www.umbc.edu/cwit/fastfacts.html and planning for continuing action.
Some interesting facts:
* Computer-related occupations, 2004, U.S.
* Computer and information systems managers, 31.0% female
* Computer scientists and systems analysts, 29.4% female
* Computer programmers, 26.7% female
* Computer software engineers, 25.0% female
* Computer support specialists, 29.7% female
* Database administrators, 33.6% female
* Network and computer systems administrators, 20.3% female
* Network systems and data communications analysts, 21.9% female
* Operations research analysts, 43.0% female
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2005
The database area has had very highly ranked women running the business until recently: Janet Perna and Pat Selinger. Both of whom have recently retired.
I can't say that I've overly passionate about this subject yet, but it does bother me to hear that fewer and fewer women are going to university and even fewer are choosing technical degrees. There are lots of studies that try to figure out the reason for the decline as well as many programs in place to help. One of the things that we discussed yesterday was the need to figure out what programs exist around the world and to share these ideas so we can make programs accessible to people every where in the world. A portal is being designed, so hopefully that will help.
Kind of in line with this topic, last night I volunteered to help out at a Girl Guides event in support of a technology badge. This is one of the many programs that IBM takes part in to encourage girls to take an interest in technology.
Yesterday I participated in a workshop about business blogs - The Business of Blogging: Being Social in a Pervasive, Networked World.
The speakers discussed the history of blogging, tools that are available, research on who is blogging, as well as the issues of using blogs for business.
Speakers included Alvin Chin and Mark Chignell from University of Toronto, Joey de Villa from Tucows, Ian Graham from BMO Financial Group, and Veronica Holmes from Bell Canada.
From the research, it was shown that people who read blogs are highly educated people in their 30s or 40s who earn high salaries. Primarily, bloggers are looking for information that is hard to find in other places. You can see why businesses are getting more and more interested in setting up blogs to support their products / services.
For more information on CASCON, as well as details of all the conference proceedings, see https://www.ibm.com/ibm/cas/cascon/[Read More]