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.
Keep on Learning
The featured title for January is the DB2 Express: Easy Development and Administration.
Stay tuned for more news about DB2 Express, the product. Here is a website that will be updated with the news later this month:
When in University, we were given a list of books that we were required to buy and a schedule of when our classes were. We bought the books, went to classes, and were asked to read the book in preparation for the classes.... is this how professional education is handled as well?
It seems to me that professional education is handled or expected to be different. Most of the classes I've attended since graduating from University, the instructor gives a list of suggested books, but typically none are listed as required and fewer yet are handed out in the class to be used in conjunction with the classroom education.
Personally I think that different people learn in different ways. Some people need an instructor to tell them the important points in the lectures and direct them to the labs, exercises and additional reading. There are others who prefer to read a book on their own time, try the examples in the book and learn by doing.
In the case of classroom education, I think that if a student was given a complementary book to take back to the office, he or she would be able to reinforce what was learned in class and would have a reference book for learning about topics that may not have been covered in class.
I'm mentioning this because I recently arranged for a couple of IBM's classes to hand out a book to students who take the class. Here are the details:
*Free book Offer* CF120 * DB2 SQL Workshop * 2 Days * $1,050
Learn about SQL and how it applies to the entire DB2 UDB Family. This course is appropriate for individuals working in a z/OS, VM/VSE, Linus, UNIX, or Windows environment. Complete extensive hands-on exercises to develop your skills to use the SQL you learn. Perform these exercises either by using the DB2 UDB for Linux, UNIX, or Windows product in a Windows environment or by using the DB2 UDB for z/OS product through a Time Sharing Option (TSO) interface to a z/OS system. This course has been updated to V8.
Get your free copy of "Understanding DB2" while supplies last for classes during February, March and April.
*Free book Offer* U5732 * DB2 Family Introduction Mini-Curriculum * 4 Days * $1,945
Learn the functions and components of IBM DB2 UDB, a relational database manager, which may be installed on a variety of operating systems including z/OS, AIX, Linux, HP-UX, Sun, and Windows operating systems. Discuss the DB2 UDB products and services. Focus on the services DB2 UDB provides and how they work. Learn about SQL and how it applies to the entire DB2 UDB Family. Seven labs are included to address using DB2 UDB for z/OS Version 8 and DB2 UDB for Linux, UNIX and Windows Version 8.
Get your free copy of "Understanding DB2" while supplies last for classes during February, March and April.
If you get a chance, tell me what you think of this idea... would you like to see more IBM and non-IBM classes include a free book with the student materials? In certain cases, should a book be sent to the student in advance as a prerequisite? What do you think?
Have you taken IBM certification exams in the past, but don't remember what you've passed? Have you received the certificates that you are entitled to? Check on the Member Site for IBM Certified Professionals to see where you stand.
IBM's Certification Member Site allows you to:
* View your test and certification history, including shipping status of certificates
* Submit requests to merge multiple candidate/testing IDs
* View and update your demographic information
* Request additional copies of your certificates (softcopy via email or hardcopy)
* Download the IBM Certification marks to which you are entitled
Remember, certification results are confidential to you, so if you have earned a certification, the only way for your manager to know is if you tell them. I suggest that you print a copy of the certificate and give it directly to your manager.
Discover the best of the best with this collection of top-selling books from IBM Press.
New to DB2? IBM Press has an easy, visual guide to introduce you to every concept behind DB2, step-by-step, including installation, configuration, objects, database instances, storage, connectivity, security, performance, backup and recovery, SQL fundamentals, and much more: Understanding DB2: Learning Visually with Examples
By Raul Chong, Clara Liu, Sylvia Qi, Dwaine Snow
Full price: $59.99
Loving Linux? Here's your indispensable guide to maximizing Linux system and application performance, with easy-to-understand examples based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server: Performance Tuning for Linux Servers
By Sandra Johnson, Gerrit Huizenga, Badari Pulavarty
Full price: 54.99
Bundle information and price: ISBN: 0132227673; $78.30
If you become an IBM Press member, your price is $73.95. This is a savings of $41.03 if you buy the bundle rather than each book individually.
If this bundle doesn't appeal to you, check out one of these:
The Foundation for Certification Bundle
Essentials for DBAs Bundle
z/OS and Loving It Bundle
I haven't yet figured out whether these bundles and their prices will disappear at some point or not. I'm checking into it and will update this post.
I just read the transcript of an interview with John Patrick titled HOW BLOGS AND PODCASTS FOSTER INNOVATION. I found it very interesting and would like to share it with you. Here is the site where you can find the transcript:
I've finally created my first podcast. I don't have it stored on the internet yet, but am working on it. I did a 4 minute introduction to the book: "Understanding DB2". I found it very easy to create the podcast and have been told that it is well done. I plan to record an introduction to more of the books that I care about and share them with you.
Stay tuned and I'll tell you when the podcast is available.
Exciting new release!
DB2 Express-C, an edition of DB2 Express for the developer and partner community, is a no-charge dataserver for use in development and deployment. Providing the same core data server features,development interfaces as well as system limits as DB2 Express in a smaller package, DB2 Express-Coffers a solid base to build and deploy all applications including: C/C+, Java, .NET, PHP, and more. DB2 Express-C is available for Linux and Windows running on 32 or 64 bit hardware with up to 2CPUs and 4GB of memory. Business partners may register to distribute DB2 Express-C with their products and applications at no-charge.
For information on DB2 Express-C/DB2 Express, FAQs, download, partner solutions highlights & quotes, VMware images, white paper, partner registration form for redistribution, book offer and more-- visit us at http://www.ibm.com/software/data/db2/udb/db2express.
Additional coverage on DB2 Express-C will be available on PW, SMB site, Academic Initiative other IM web pages and a number of launch partner sites in the coming days.
The book offer mentioned above is as follows:
Save 30% on DB2 Express: Easy Application Development and Administration
By Paul Yip, Kit Man Cheung, Jason Gartner, Clara Liu, Stephen O'Connell
For a limited time, you can order this book through the IBM Press Bookstore at 30% off cover price. In addition to the discount, there is also with free UPS Ground shipping within the U.S. (Taxes are additional). To take advantage of this offer, simply click on the title link or cover graphic above and add the book to your shopping cart, following ordering instructions and enter the case-sensitive promotion code EXPRESS at Step #3 during checkout.
On January 30th an important announcement was made regarding DB2 Express-C. DB2 Express-C will greatly expand our DB2 community, and experts at IBM will help to make it happen!
Here are the highlights from the announcement:
* DB2 Express-C is equivalent to DB2 Express but excludes a few options such as HADR, DB2 Connect support and Warehouse Manager tools.
* DB2 Express-C is freely licensed to develop, deploy and redistribute (Download from: http://www.ibm.com/db2/express)
* DB2 Express-C support is free through:
The DB2 Express online forum: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/forums/dw_forum.jsp?forum=805&cat=19
* The DB2 Express Web site: http://www.ibm.com/db2/express
* Book Offer: http://www.ibm.com/software/data/education/bookstore/
The DB2 for z/OS User Experience team is looking for volunteers to give us feedback on possible retail books for DB2. The feedback you provide can play an important role in determining the types of DB2 for z/OS retail books that are published.
If you are interested, start by completing the survey at http://www.ibm.com/survey/oid/wsb.dll/studies/DB2retailbooks.htm
Thanks in advance for your help!
An Introduction to IMS: Your Complete Guide to IBM's Information Management System
This book is considered the only up-to-the-minute guide to IMS Version 9--straight from IBM IMS experts. It introduces IMS, one of the world's premiere software products, it thoroughly covers key IMS functions, from security to Java support for both new and experienced IMS administrators, programmers, architects, and managers and it is prerequisite reading for IBM IMS Mastery Certification Program. To order this book, please visit:
For information on the IMS Mastery Certification Program, see http://www.ibm.com/software/data/ims/education/masterypgm.html
Apache Derby -- Off to the Races
Duffbert's Random Musings
"If you've ever been curious about using or integrating Apache Derby (or IBM Cloudscape) into your project, here's the book you'll need... Apache Derby - Off to the Races by Paul C. Zikopoulos, Dan Scott, and George Baklarz. Very well done... "-- Thomas Duff
Buy the book: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0131855255/102-8524566-1932154?n=283155
Two DB2-related Blogs were chosen as "the best" on ITtoolbox.
+ An Expert's Guide to DB2 Technology (Best New Blog)
+ Getting the Most out of DB2 for z/OS (Best Technical Blog)
View the full list of winners and discuss the final results here: http://www.ittoolbox.com/r/da.asp?r=173711.
Prolific author Paul Zikopoulos has a new article published in DB2 Magazine: http://www.db2mag.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=180206976
The topic: Information at Your Service
Why read it: Go the next step with your data through information-as-a-service. You'll think about information and where, when, and how you're going to leverage it.
Paul's most recent books include:
Apache Derby -- Off to the Races: Includes Details of IBM Cloudscape (http://www.ibmpressbooks.com/title/0131855255)
The Official Guide to DB2 Version 8 (http://www.ibmpressbooks.com/title/0131401580)
Paul and a few others are working on another book right now, and I'll post details when they are firm.
We haven't had a new DB2 or related book publish in the past few months, so this month I'd like to pass on a 40% discount that was set up for the following books:
DB2 for z/OS Version 8 DBA Certification Guide
List Price: $54.99
Your Price: $32.99 (Save 40%)
IBM DB2 Universal Database Version 8 for z/OS offers enterprises unprecedented opportunities to integrate information, deliver it on demand, and manage it simply and cost-effectively. Now, one of the world's leading DB2 consultants presents the definitive guide to administering DB2 UDB V8 databases in z/OS environments. DB2 for z/OS Version 8 DBA Certification Guide also serves as a key tool for anyone preparing for IBM Certified Database Administrator for DB2 Universal Database V8 for z/OS certification.
DB2 SQL PL: Essential Guide for DB2 UDB on Linux, UNIX, Windows, i5/OS, and z/OS, 2nd Edition
List Price: $59.99
Your Price: $35.99 (Save 40%)
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.
Official Introduction to DB2 for z/OS, Covers DB2 Universal Database for z/OS Version 8, 2nd Edition
List Price: $54.99
Your Price: $32.99 (Save 40%)
This is your complete introduction to Version 8 of DB2 UDB for z/OS, the most powerful, scalable, and robust version of DB2 ever created. Here's all you need to get started with DB2 Version 8 database administration and development ... and to prepare for the new IBM DB2 Family Fundamentals exam, your first step toward DB2 certification. From basic relational database concepts to advanced topics such as data sharing, you'll find crystal-clear explanations and real-world insights, straight from the IBM lab where DB2 UDB for z/OS is developed.
To get the discount, enter the case-sensitive coupon code: IBMDB2 at Step #3 during checkout to receive the discount, and complimentary shipping. Order now as this offer expires 12/31/06.
If you would like to increase your skills via IBM training classes, you'll be interested to know that the latest eCatalog is now available:
* view 26 IT curriculum areas
* get fast access to training paths and courses
* find detailed course descriptions, schedules and locations.
* hyperlink to curriculum home pages, up-to-date class schedules and offers that save money on training.
My friend Kevin See and a few others has just published an article on dworks about Kerberos... check it out:
Kevin's passion is in the DB2 security area and he is currently reviewing and writing a few sections in a planned book as well he has several other articles in mind.
I hope you find this useful!
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Learn about why you should care about DB2 Express-C by reading this excellent article by Ted Wasserman: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/db2/library/techarticle/dm-0603wasserman2/?ca=dnw-712
Also, the electronic coupon for the book [b]DB2 Express: Easy Development and Administration[/b] by Paul Yip, Kit Man Cheung, Jason Gartner, Clara Liu and Stephen O'Connell is still active, giving you a 30% discount off the regular price of the book.
Order through the site: http://ibmpressbooks.com/title/0131463977
Enter EXPRESS as the coupon when checking out.
The second edition of the Information Management Professional Certification Newsletter is now available:http://www.ibm.com/software/data/education/cert-newsletter.html.
In this edition, find out about the certifications that are currently under development and when they are expected to be live. You'll see a list of the events where certifications are being offered for free or at a reduced price. Also, you'll have links to the latest white papers and offers.
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]
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Scott Ambler recently contacted me to tell me that he is now an employee of IBM working in the Rational area and that he and co-author Sadalage Pramodkumar have published a book that might be of interest to the database community. Scott gave me a copy of the book and it certainly looks interesting. Take a look at the abstract of the book and let me know what you think:
Refactoring Databases: Evolutionary Database DesignAuthors: Scott W. Ambler, Pramodkumar J. SadalageISBN: 0321293533
This comprehensive guide and reference helps you overcome the practical obstacles to refactoring real-world databases by covering every fundamental concept underlying database refactoring. Using start-to-finish examples, the authors walk you through refactoring simple standalone database applications as well as sophisticated multi-application scenarios. You’ll master every task involved in refactoring database schemas, and discover best practices for deploying refactorings in even the most complex production environments.
The second half of this book systematically covers five major categories of database refactorings. You’ll learn how to use refactoring to enhance database structure, data quality, and referential integrity; and how to refactor both architectures and methods. This book provides an extensive set of examples built with Oracle and Java and easily adaptable for other languages, such as C#, C++, or VB.NET, and other databases, such as DB2, SQL Server, MySQL, and Sybase.
Using this book’s techniques and examples, you can reduce waste, rework, risk, and cost–and build database systems capable of evolving smoothly, far into the future.
*****Save 40% on Select DB2 Books For a limited time, you can save 40% plus free US shipping on three of our most popular DB2 books. Enter case-sensitive coupon code: IBMDB2 at Step #3 during checkout to receive the discount, and complimentary shipping. Order now as this offer expires 12/31/06.
Last week I received an email from a friend who was in a bookstore in the Tulsa OK airport. He found the IBM Press book "Can two rights make a wrong". Not many IBM Press books end up in bookstores, especially in airports, because they are not considered mass appeal books like a Microsoft books tend to be. But maybe this is a start!
So instead of looking for DB2 or IBM books in bookstores, try some of the great online bookstores that are available that tend to offer greatly discounted prices. Some of my favourites:
United States: http://www.ibmpressbooks.com(At checkout time, uUse the coupon code IBMSALES to get a 35% discount.)
Canada:http://www.pearsontech.ca/db2(Always a 30% discount)
Europe http://www.pearson-books.com/ibmpressbookshop/ (Always a 35% discount and free shipping to residents of EMEA.)
India:http://www.prakashbooks.com/(Search on DB2. Prices in local currency for residents of India.)
I'm sure you've heard about the big combined conference for the Information Management brand that is taking place this fall. If not, here are the facts about the conference:
IBM Information On Demand 2006 (http://www.ibm.com/software/data/ondemandbusiness/conf2006/), October 15-20th, 2006, Anaheim, CA IBM Information Management is hosting its first-ever global conference this year, IBM Information On Demand 2006, for business and IT executives, managers, professionals, database administrators and developers.
One event, more value IBM Information On Demand 2006 incorporates six previous Information Management conferences:IBM DB2® Information Management Technical Conference; IBM Content Management Technical Conference; Business Intelligence Customer Solutions Summit; IMS Technical Conference; Master Data Management Conference; and Information Integration Live!
By combining individual conferences into one global event, you gain access and exposure to the full breadth of IBM Information Management technologies and experts. More IBM technical and business solutions content will be in one place than ever before! Select from over 800 sessions: a 2 1/2 day business leadership track with 180 sessions and a 4 1/2 day technical track with 650 sessions.
I've just been informed that I am able to attend the conference. I'll have to find a few sessions that I'd like to attend, but my primary goal of the week will be to run a few round table discussions. There will be one about skills and another specifically for publishing. I've also been asked to help coordinate the author signings that we have set up. I've also arranged for a great giveaway at the keynote session. I may stop by to see if the certification team needs help with the exams, or maybe I'll take one or more of the new V9 exams that will be launched at the conference, and available free of charge.
Let me know if you are going and what you are most looking forward to.
Today's electronic edition of DB2 Magazine has an article by Howard Fosdick about the IBM Business Intelligence certification exam. His article discusses the credentials required as well as directs the reader to the appropriate study materials.
Here's an intro and link to the article:
With companies clamoring for business intelligence, a certification credential can give DBAs and programmers an significantedge with employers. Certification columnist Howard Fosdick hands out the inside intel on passing IBM's DB2-based business intelligence exam.
--Read Fosdick's columnhttp://news.db2mag.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/eycu0FlZ1Y0FLd0EhzV0AH
The SOA Compass book continues to be a fast moving book. Have you had a chance to look at it yet? To download one of the chapters, see http://www.ibmpressbooks.com/bookstore/product.asp?isbn=0131870025&rl=1 This site also contains many customer reactions to the book such as this one:
"Service-Oriented Architecture offers a pathway tonetworking of intra- and inter-corporate business systems.The standards have the potential to create far more flexibleand resilient business information systems than have beenpossible in the past. This book is a must-read for those whocare about the future of business IT." –Elizabeth Hackenson,CIO, MCI
If you have access to Books 24x7 or Safari, you should be able to read this book entirely or in part electronically.
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A series of webinars aimed at DB2 application developers begins tomorrow, Tuesday August 29, 2006. The first one is titled "XML and DB2": For developers who want to know how to develop XML applications in DB2, how XML works in DB2 and what the unique and essential benefits are, this is the webinar you need to attend. Specifically, the following topics will be covered:
1) How does pureXMLTM integrate with DB2 9?2) How do you develop XML applications in DB2?3) What are the unique and essential XML benefits provided by DB2 9?
Other webinars planned for this series include:
1) Rational Application Developer & DB2 - Working Together2) Using DB2 9 Developer Workbench (DWB)3) .NET Development with DB24) Perl / Zend and DB25) EGL and DB2
Following are the details for the first webinar:
DATE: August 29, 2006TIME: 11:30 Central / 12:30 EasternDURATION: 2 hoursAUDIO: Tollfree: 1-888-791-6044Toll: 1-517-623-4202Passcode: 38606
WEBCAST:Prior to conference:1) When joining the web conference, you will be asked for an IBM ID and password.2) To verify an existing IBM ID and password, please visit http://www.ibm.com/account/profile to ensure valid sign incredentials and review your registration information.3) If you need a new IBM ID and password, visit http://www.ibm.com/account/profile/us?page=reg to register.4) If this is your first IBM Web Conference, attend the special "test" meeting to make sure that you can join easily. Visit http://www.ibm.com/collaboration/collaboratenow and click "test meeting"5) IBM employees please use your intranet id and password.6) To join the conference, a Windows 2000 or Windows XP computer is required.
To join conference:1) Direct your web browser to the following URL: https://www.ibm.com/collaboration/webconferences/meetingdetails.jsp?meetingId=2CF84BA00A5CFDC45B3D6F1B0D43C0A42) When asked, enter your user name and password. Customers use your IBM ID.3) When prompted, enter the web conference password: db2ibm4) Dial into audio conference with number and passcode listed above.
Additional web conference details:Conference name: AD_WebinarPassword: db2ibm
It isn't due to publish until December, but the excitement for this book is already increasing. Pre-order the book from amazon.com now and get a 37% discount:
IBM DB2 9 New Features (Paperback)by Paul Zikopoulos, George Baklarz, Leon Katsnelson, Chris EatonList Price: $39.99You Save: $14.80 (37%)
Part of the foreword, written by Dr. Ambuj Goyal:
As you dig into this treatise, you’ll be learning about one of the most innovative deliveries of information management capability in the last 25 years. Innovation like that doesn’t come easily. Including features like pureXML™, and “deep” compression capabilities, DB2 9 is the culmination of over 5 years of research, and comes as a result of more than 750 people and the resources from IBM research facilities collaborating across 8 countries. Our effort builds on IBM’s long string of database innovation, including the invention of relational database over 30 years ago.
You’ll learn the details of DB2 9 in this book. But just as important, each chapter attempts to position the data server innovation of DB2 9 and how that will enable the business innovation your company needs. Enjoy it!***
I've been working with all four authors for many years now and believe that they are the best people to deliver this type of information to you. I expect this book to be a very huge seller. About the authors:*Paul C. Zikopoulos, BA, MBA, is an award-winning writer and speaker with the IBM Database Competitive Technologies team. He has more than ten years of experience with DB2 products and has written numerous magazine articles and books about it. Paul has co-authored several top-selling books.*George Baklarz, B Math, M Sc (Comp Science) is a senior manager in the DB2 Worldwide Pre-sales Support Group. He works closely with customers to help them understand new Information Management technology and to gain their feedback for improving DB2 products. He has more than 20 years of experience with DB2 and has co-authored a number of books. In addition, he is a member of the International DB2 Users Group Speaker and Volunteer Hall of Fame. In his spare time, he lectures at the University of Guelph (Database Theory) and presents at a variety of user conferences, including the International DB2 Users Group.*Leon Katsnelson works in the IBM Toronto Lab where he manages a team of product managers responsible for the IBM DB2 UDB products. Leon is a recognized expert in the areas of DB2 application development and DB2 Connect. Leon has 20 years of experience with complex database and network systems. Leon has worked on DB2 Connect from very beginning and worked on this project as the product planner, development manager and product manager. He is often referred to “the father of DB2 Connect”.*Chris Eaton is Senior Product Manager for DB2 Universal Database primarily focused on planning and strategy for DB2 UDB. Chris has been working with DB2 on the Linux, UNIX, Windows platform for over 13 years. From customer support to development manager of the DB2 Control Center team to Externals Architect and now as Product Manager for DB2 UDB, Chris has spent his career listening to customers and working to make DB2 a better product. Chris is also the author of The High Availability Guide for DB2 available from Prentice Hall.*Susan[Read More]
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Last month we published an ebook entitled: DB2 9: pureXML Overview and Fast StartYou can find this ebook on the redbook site: http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg247298.html
This ebook is a collection of important XML articles that previously appeared on devworks, written by Cynthia M. Saracco, Don Chamberlin, and Rav Ahuja. We feel that this is the essential group of articles that you need to read to quickly become aware of how XML would benefit your company.
Here is the Table of Contents:Chapter 1. Managing XML for maximum returnChapter 2. What’s new in DB2 9: XML to the core Chapter 3. Get off to a fast start with pureXML Chapter 4. Querying XML data with SQL Chapter 5. Querying XML data with XQuery Chapter 6. Developing Java applications for XML data Chapter 7. Case study: Storebrand Foreword by Sal Vella; V.P., IBM DB2 Development:
Services Oriented Architectures (SOA) are an integral part of building an agile enterprise capable of making decisions quickly, and responding rapidly to new products and services opportunities, as well as to competitive threats. The explosive growth of XML data in businesses today across multiple industries has underscored the role of XML as the "fabric of Services Oriented Architectures" and the need to integrate XML data into enterprise information infrastructure.
DB2 9 (previously code-named “Viper”) enables an information-centric approach to service oriented architecture implementations, which rely upon the ability to access a myriad of data stored across multiple formats. With its dual pure XML data management and traditional relational data capability, DB2 9 delivers information as a service in SOA environments, connecting information on-the-fly, where you need it, and when you need it!
XML data requires the same coveted qualities of service that relational databases provide: high availability, reliability, protection, and performance. The pureXML™ technology in DB2 9 unlocks the latent potential of XML by providing simple efficient access to XML with the same levels of security, integrity, and resiliency taken for granted with relational data. With pureXML innovation in DB2 9, your organization can expect breakthrough increases in availability, speed, and versatility of your XML information, along with dramatically reduced development and administrative costs.
This IBM Redbook serves as an introduction to the hybrid XML data services in DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows. It also provides data server professionals a fast start for using and exploring pureXML capabilities in DB2 9 and get them started with leveraging XML information for maximum return.
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Here's another book that was just recommended to me:
Querying XMLXQuery, XPath, and SQL/XML in context (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Data Management Systems)by Jim Melton, Stephen Buxton
Foreword by Don Chamberlin
Although the book was written BEFORE the release of DB2 9, it is an excellent product-indepentant book that can help you learn how to query the XML you wish to store in a database.
From the Back CoverThere is no more authoritative pair of authors on Querying XML than Jim Melton and Stephen Buxton. Best of all, as readers of Jim's other books know, his informal writing style will teach you what you need to know about this complex subject without giving you a headache. If you need a comprehensive and accessible overview of Querying XML, this is the book you have been waiting for.-from the foreword by Don Chamberlin, IBM Fellow, Almaden Research Center
Enjoy! Susan[Read More]
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Have you checked out the DB2 XML (pureXML) wiki yet?
This wiki was designed to help you come up to speed quickly on DB2's XML technology. You'll find links to many tutorials, reference papers, and other resources that explore DB2's support for managing, storing, and querying XML data. Here are the main subsections:
* News * Books and magazine issues * Technical papers and articles * Webcasts and demonstrations * Free software downloads * Education
To keep informed about new materials posted to this site, you can create your own RSS or ATOM feed.
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I'm spending a good portion of each day now getting ready for the big IOD conference that is only a few weeks away! I guess I should book my flight soon!
One of the things that I am doing this year is arranging for authors, speakers, or entertainment to sign either their books or CDs. Make sure you bring a bit of spending money, as I'm sure you'll be very interested in buying at least one book or CD, either for yourself, or as a gift for someone special to you.
The one I'm most excited about is the children's inspirational book by Devon Harris, the Jamaican bobsled Olympian. I haven't yet met Devon, but I've been told that not only is he talented and good looking, but he is a super nice person as well. I've arranged to have Devon available to sign his book on two separate days. Here is a link to Devon's site: http://www.devonharrislive.com/.
Gladys Knight will be performing at the conference, but is not available to sign her CD.... unfortunately. She is required to travel immediately after the show for another event. Her CD, however, will still be available for sale at the conference.
There are two other entertainers who will be selling their CDs. I've never heard of either of them, but in doing my research, I'm sure they will be amazing shows and the CDs will be worth buying. The bands are Toxic Audio and Hampton String Quartet. Toxic Audio (http://www.toxicaudio.com) is an acapella band that borders on comedy. There may be room for audience participation too, but I'm not sure. The Hampton String Quartet (http://monalisarecords.com/basic/details/takeNoPrisonersCDDetail.html) play classical rock music such as Zeppelin, the Stones, the Who, and more.
Michael Eisner has agreed to sign copies of his latest book called "camp". It is a book about his personal experiences as a child at a camp in Vermont that shaped Michael's life and allowed him to be the success that he is.
Beyond the "big" names, we also have some lesser known, but equally important authors available to sign their latest creations: Paul Zikopoulos, Chris Eaton, Leon Katsnelson, Chris Stakutis, and John Todor.
The bookstore at the conference will have these and many more books available for sale at excellent prices. I hope you are able to take advantage of some of these deals, and most importantly, the rare opportunity to get a celebrity to sign their work.