Category: Random

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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...

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Rest In Peace, Adam Schneider

When you go to conferences, you tend to develop a group of friends that you hang out with and compare notes with and spend your evenings chatting with. As a blogger, I also spend time and energy trying to help other DBAs and give them opportunities. Adam Schneider was one of a small group of DBAs I spent my free...

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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...

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Quick Tip: db2look and Triggers

Just a quick tip today. I’ve been dealing quite a lot with triggers lately, and found the -td option on db2look very useful. I hadn’t had cause to use it before, but it has now become part of my default syntax. In my case, I was moving 963 triggers from a development system to production, and db2look without the -td...

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Happy Third Blogiversary to db2commerce.com!

Wow, I have been blogging for a full three years now! I have only consistently blogged weekly for about 1.5 years. But what success blogging has brought me! I put a lot of effort into my blog. One of my favorite things in the world actually turns out to be writing a good blog post – it can wash away...

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Check Out the New db2commerce.com Site Design!

You may have noticed that I have updated the site design for db2commerce.com. Check it out and let me know if you find any problems or have any suggestions. Web design is not my first line of work, but I’m pleased with how it came out. I went live with the new design late last week after some helpful input...