Category: Newbie

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DB2 Basics: Quotation Marks

This blog entry may be a little on the basic side, but some of my most basic entries are some of my most popular ones. DB2 has a number of special characters, for which there are rules of use. Both the single quotation mark and the double quotation marks are special characters. The DB2 Knowledge Center lists what DB2 considers...

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Backup Compression Consideration – DB2 COMPRESS vs. GZIP

We interrupt your regular programming for a quick announcement. If you have been reading DB2commerce.com for a while you know I am an occasional guest writer on this technical blog. I’ve worked this year on expanding my comfort zone with regular articles here, a developerWorks article to be posted next week, and I have entered as a competitor on the...

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DB2’s Got Talent 2014

One of the highlights of 2013 for me was winning third place in the DB2’s Got Talent competition. If you’re a long time reader, you may remember me begging for votes the last two years in March. But this contest is for those who are newer to presenting about DB2 topics in the larger DB2 community, so I’m done –...

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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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Tips for Using the IBM DB2 Information Center Part 3: Information Structure – Parameter and Message Reference and General Guidance

This article is the third in a series about the IBM DB2 Information Center. Please check out the other articles in this series: Tips for Using the IBM DB2 Information Center Part 2: Information Structure – System Monitor and Syntax Tips for Using the IBM DB2 Information Center Part 1: Navigating Adminstration Guide: Performance / Parameter References Man, it would...

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The DBA Ethos

I am a DBA. No matter what title my company gives me, my primary job is designing, engineering, and supporting DB2 databases. DBAs sometimes have a bad reputation. I was a bit surprised the first time my engineering colleagues told me how lucky we were to have such great involved DBAs. Don’t get me wrong – I know I am...