Hello World! It's great to see a site on developerWorks dedicated to database professionals. In this post, I would like to talk about the recently concluded IDUG (Independent DB2 Users Group) contest in North America. Many of you are probably members of IDUG - if not, you should certainly check out idug.org and find out the many ways in which the DB2 community can help you hone your skills. Get on their mailing list today and tap into an extremely useful resource to further your career through skills updates and networking opportunities (In addition to an annual conference, IDUG also runs regional user groups that meet quite often in many cities worldwide).
IDUG ran a contest over the summer asking for the best DB2 stories out there. They received a deluge of responses from developers, DBAs and even some students and professors using the free version of DB2 (DB2 Express-C). I'm told the judging panel had a tough time evaluating the entries because they were all interesting in one way or the other. While some provided specific metrics on how DB2 made their life easier, others took a fun approach, describing funny anecdotes from their workplace.
In the end, the judges had to pick the top three entries and they were:
Grand Prize Winner: Michael Krafick
Runners Up: Sigen Chen and Nadir Doctor
Conor O' Mahony has a really nice blog post with details of the winning entry. Also check out a podcast with the winners of the contest. Michael won a shiny new 55" HD TV with wi-fi apps loaded onto it, while Sigen and Nadir won iPads. That's all for now. Hope to be back via another blog post soon.
(This blog entry was submitted by Irshad Raihan, WW Competitive Marketing Manager in Information Management.)