Category: Education and Skills

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DB2 Basics: The Role of Databases

This blog article should appeal to a wide audience. This article is not specific to DB2, but speaks to the larger role of the database in the IT organization. What is a Database? At the most basic level, a database is an organized collection of information. Technically, you could consider a filing cabinet a database. Even an MS Excel Spreadsheet...

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The New IBM DB2 Knowledge Center

A new IBM DB2 Knowledge Center has been released, and search is actually better than before. Though there are still problems. There are some resources and things you can do to customize and make your IBM DB2 Knowledge Center experience better. And always remeber the local copy with really good search is an option, and a good one for those...

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Participating in the DB2 Community

One of the questions I ask in every interview these days is “How do you participate in the DB2 community and keep up to date on new features in DB2?” If I am hiring for a more junior position, this might morph into “What sources do you use to learn about DB2?”. I sometimes worry that this is or will...

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Insight 2015 Brain Dump

I call my post-conference blog posts brain dumps because that is largely what they are – information formatted in a way my brain understands but not necessarily as thoroughly organized and researched as you might be used to seeing from me. Conference Generalities Overall Themes I sure wish that DB2 was more highlighted overall, but I’m sure that’s largely a...

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Looking Forward to IBM Insight 2015

IBM Insight starts in less than two weeks! You can still register and attend if you haven’t planned to already! General Tips Website If you haven’t registered already, check out the IBM Insight website for information. I’ll be linking to specific pages throughout this post. Attire This is the third year I’m going to IBM Insight (well the first year...

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Installing a Local Copy of the IBM DB2 10.5 Documentation

I have written about this before for version 9.7. The IBM DB2 Knowledge Center can be a bit unreliable – sometimes the search doesn’t return the obvious results. Sometimes it’s down entirely at the worst time. And for consultants, sometimes we work on networks that will not allow us to get out to the IBM Knowledge Center. To mitigate, this,...