Author: Ember Crooks

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IBM DB2 Certification – Why it is Worth it

A friend recently asked me what I thought of certification. I have a number of DB2 related certifications, and even one Oracle certification. I thought I would share my opinions. Company Requirements and Recognition The company that I work for is an IBM Business Partner. As such, IBM requires a certain number of certifications, and certain types of certifications based...

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My First IBM IOD – 2013

I don't want to blog too much about the conference because I know that when my favorite bloggers talk about conferences I did not get to go to, it just feels like they are mocking me. I tweeted a lot instead (@ember_crooks), and am keeping the blog entries down to a minimum. I am new to IBM Information on Demand....

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A Newbie Going to IOD

I’m a big fan of the IDUG conferences, so have generally focused my funding and management-convincing on getting to go to the IDUG North American Technical Conference. But now that I’m starting to present at IDUG conferences, I want to consider presenting at IOD as well. But I have never even been to this conference. I’ve been to all or...

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Transaction Logging Details

Transaction log files are one of the core strengths of a DBMS, if you ask me. The ‘D’ in ACID refers to ‘Durability’. What Durability means is that once a transaction is committed, it is not lost, even if the database crashes or the server it is on has to be restarted. Transaction Logging in DB2 DB2 writes transactions to...

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A New Guest Blogger is Coming!

I’ve asked another IBM Champion for Information Management – Ian Bjorhovde – to write a guest blog entry on IOD (IBM’s Information On Demand conference for 2013). The conference is in Las Vegas at the beginning of November. This is the first year I am attending IOD, and I am used to the smaller atmosphere of IDUG. Just figuring out...

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DB2 Naming Standards

Last week, I read this article by Craig Mullins: https://www.sswug.org/craigmullins/sql-server/whats-in-a-name-on-database-naming-standards/. Go read it, this blog entry will still be here when you get back. I have to say that in large part, I agree. I don’t like having differing naming standards for tables and views. And certainly not for aliases. I do like to have a naming standard for constraints...