DB2 Version 8: The Official Guide (IBM Press Series--Information Management) by Paul C. Zikopoulos, Roman B. Melnyk, Dirk deRoos, George Baklarz


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  • Pub. Date: September 2003
  • 362pp
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    • Pub. Date: September 2003
    • Publisher:IBM Press
    • Format: Multimedia, 362pp


    IBM DB2 Universal Database v8.1.2 will help you access any information, from any application, from anywhere in your organization, anytime—and do it all more easily and cost-effectively than you ever thought possible.

    Now, in DB2 Version 8: The Official Guide, a team of IBM DB2 experts shows experienced DB2 professionals exactly how to make the most of DB2 Version 8 in any environment—Linux®, UNIX®, or Windows®.

    The authors draw on extensive personal experience helping customers implement state-of-the-art DB2 solutions, and unparalleled access to the IBM DB2 development team. They offer detailed, never-before-published technical guidance for the key challenges you'll face in delivering high-performance DB2 databases, e-business infrastructure, and enterprise integration solutions. Coverage includes:

    • Simplifying management with the Configuration Advisor, HealthCenter(, and Memory Visualizer
    • Integrating the enterprise via Federated Web Services and the DB2 enhanced

    • Maximizing database scalability, availability, and robustness
    • Using multidimensional data clustering and other integrated business intelligence tools
    • Integrating with IBM WebSphere and Microsoft software development tools
    • Leveraging key improvements in DB2 SQL functionality

    The accompanying CD-ROM contains a complete trial version of IBM® DB2® Universal Database Personal Edition Version 8.1, for Windows® Operating Environments, Evaluation Copy, plus the DB2 demonstration program for trying out the various SQL commands on your own machine.

    If you're an experienced DB2 professional who's ready to take DB2 Version 8 to the max, DB2 Version 8: The Official Guide is the book you've been searching for.

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    PAUL C. ZIKOPOULOS is Database Specialist, DB2 Certified Advanced Technical Expert, and DB2 Certified Customer Solutions Expert for IBM in Toronto, Canada. He is a co-author of DB2: The Complete Reference, DB2 Fundamentals Certification for Dummies, DB2 For Windows For Dummies, and A DBA's Guide to Databases on Linux.

    GEORGE BAKLARZ, IBM Senior Manager for DB2 Technical Sales Support, works closely with customers to help them understand new DB2 technology, and to gain their feedback for improving DB2 products. George is also a co-author of the DB2 Universal Database v8 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration Certification Guide.

    DIRK deROOS is a member of the DB2 Information Development team, specializing in database monitoring and DB2 application development. Dirk is a DB2 Certified Solutions Expert.

    ROMAN B. MELNYK is a senior member of the DB2 Information Development team, specializing in database administration, DB2 utilities, and SQL. During more than eight years at IBM, Roman has written numerous DB2 books, articles, and other related materials. Roman recently co-authored DB2: The Complete Reference, DB2 Fundamentals Certification for Dummies, and DB2 For Windows For Dummies.

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    October 27, 2003: IBM invented relational databases and SQL and they have since always been in the forefront of offering the most advanced features in RDBs, via their DB2 product. (Though it must be a source of considerable chargrin that Oracle has the bigger market share.) Nowadays, dB2 is in its 8th major revision, attesting to its maturity. So what does this book offer? A veritable laundry list of enhancements. These range from improvements in the GUI to tighter integration into their Websphere container, and into java. Plus showing how to run it under Microsoft's .NET. As far as the core RDB usage is concerned, you do need prior knowledge of SQL and the theory of RDBs. It is not the book's place to teach that. You need it to fully appreciate the usefulness of the new features. To me, it seems like there are no surprises here, with one exception, discussed below. The new features are all useful, but they are mostly continuous improvments on earlier functionality. What is the exception? Multidimensional Clustering tables. A conceptual discontinuity. It automatically clusters data on the disk in multiple data field dimensions. IBM claims big improvements in query speeds, especially for complex queries. IBM is bragging! But they certainly seem entitled to do so. Oracle 9 and MySql appear to have nonesuch comparable feature. Granted, I am taking IBM's claim at face value from this book. But IBM's technical literature has always been credible. If IBM's clients independently affirm the utility of MDC, we can expect IBM to push hard on rapidly expanding this. Even if you do use another database, just out of the need to keep abreast of changes in your field, you should check out this offering. [If you do need to learn SQL itself, or RDB theory, try 'Fundamentals of Database Systems' by El Masri and Navathe, also published by Addison-Wesley.]