February 2008


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db2up.jpgAs a program manager for IBM Press books, I think all of our books are great tools for our customers.  This book review caught my attention.  It’s one of the small things that makes my day.  The reviewer calls the book practical and for everyday use.  I like to imagine all our books being in easy reach of our customers.

  http://ibmsystemsmag.blogs.com/db2utor/2008/02/book-review-und.html

February 26, 2008

Book Review: Understanding DB2

If you’re looking for a book that presents a well-rounded overview of DB2 for LUW and you’d like to know what’s new in version 9 and 9.5, look no further. “Understanding DB2: Learning Visually with Examples” can serve as a training guide for a beginner, a DB2 certification preparation tool for an advancing professional or a reference guide for a database expert.

I like the flow of the chapters, starting with DB2’s history and its evolving versions. The book then covers:

  • Installation and understanding the database environment and client configurations
  • Building database objects
  • Understanding SQL and pureXML
  • Application design considerations for concurrency
  • Locking and maintaining data
  • Backup and recovery
  • Using the DB2 process and memory models to understand performance considerations in tuning the database server
  • Problem diagnosis

The amount of information can be overwhelming, but the authors do a good job of explaining things and giving real examples of how it all works. You can see how things are done manually using line commands and then how you can do those same things with the GUI tools.

Here are some things I liked that I’ve not seen in other books:

  • Each chapter features a case study that gives you a real problem to solve. The authors then walk you through the problem using the information you just learned.
  • Each chapter features a summary that highlights what you just learned. Following the summaries are review questions that are designed to help you prepare for IBM certifications.
  • New DB2 V9 or V9.5 features are highlighted throughout (e.g., starting at V9 you can install multiple instances of DB2 running on Windows at different fix pack levels).

As I said, this book works not only as an DB2 introduction or certification tool, but also as a reference guide. Each chapter is independent, so if you’re working on a backup and recovery plan, see Chapter 14 (“Developing Database Backup and Recovery Solutions”). If you’re working with development and need to copy data from production to development or create several development instances, read Chapter 13 (“Maintaining Data”). Incidentally, I like the case study for maintaining data. You’re asked to set up a DB2 instance on a Windows machine and get data from an AIX machine. The case study not only highlights the data concerns with setting up a new Windows development environment, it also addresses the performance issues. 

If you need to learn XML you’ll love Chapter 10 (“Mastering the DB2 pureXML Support”). When XML Extenders was introduced in 2001, I presented on XML development at IDUG Asia Pacific. DB2 V9.5 is light years ahead of what was available in that first release, and the authors do a great job breaking down and showing very good examples of what and how to use SQL/XML and XQUERY.

This is a practical book for everyday use. If you’ll be working with DB2 for LUW Version 9 or 9.5, you should have a copy on your desk. Next week I’ll review another good book from IBM Press–“DB2 9 for Linux, Unix and Windows: DBA Guide, Reference and Exam Prep.”

Rational RUPRational RUP 

I am in the middle of moving.  I can’t think of anything worse than packing the contents of your house.  I think I am horder!  What a load of stuff I have collected over the years – tucked in closets and drawers.  And does anyone really need 14 white turtlenecks!  Anyway – I was taking a break and reading some reviews of our IBM Press Books.  Here’s one on Amazon that made me smile.  It turned out to be a nice break from the action.

 “I have spent the last few days in reading the contents of this book and I must say that this book is of a rare kind and the author has done an excellent and an amazing job in explaining the entire implementation cycle of Rational Unified Process which no other authors have done in the past. In this book Joshua has really applied his experience and skills of several years and has clearly demonstrated typical real life scenarios of an RUP implementation through statistical figures and analysis.

“In my opinion, this book will definitely serve as a good reference guide to organizations who would like to use the Rational Unified Process as an SDLC methodology but are completely oblivious on how to implement it. I would highly recommend this book as an excellent resource to RUP Practitioners, Software Developers, Business Analysts, Project Managers and aspiring RUP mentors.”

So – here’s the details on the book:

Implementing the IBM Rational Unified Process and Solutions: A Guide to Improving Your Software Development Capability and Maturity

This book delivers all the knowledge and insight you need to succeed with the IBM Rational Unified Process and Solutions. Joshua Barnes presents a start-to-finish, best-practice roadmap to the complete implementation cycle of IBM RUP–from projecting ROI and making the business case through piloting, implementation, mentoring, and beyond.

 

Drawing on his extensive experience leading large-scale IBM RUP implementations and working with some of the industry’s most recognized thought leaders in the Software Engineering Process world, Barnes brings together comprehensive “lessons learned” from both successful and failed projects. You’ll learn from real-world case studies, including actual project artifacts.

 

Whether you’re an executive, software professional, or consultant, this book will help you continuously improve the maturity of your development processes–and reap the benefits: better quality, faster delivery, and more business value.

 

After reading this book you will be able to

 

·        Get past the myths of software process improvement to focus on what’s truly practical

·        Identify and evaluate your best candidate process solutions

·        Objectively project the ROI achievable with IBM R UP and IBM Rational solutions

·        Develop funding models, business cases, and executive support

·        Recruit, staff, organize, and motivate your implementation team

·        Plan for effective integration, process alignment, and change management

·        Choose the right pilots, learn the right lessons, and develop effective adoption models

·        Move quickly to successful program-level implementation

·        Set maturity level goals for process and tool utilization

·        Map “End States” for both quantity and quality

·        Plan for training and mentoring–and understand the distinct role of each

·        Keep the momentum going after your implementation is complete

 

Link to http://www.upmentors.com, where you can download actual sample implementation documents–not just templates!

DB2 BookSome books are continually updated.  When you have a book on a software product, it’s important to stay up to date on the new releases.  Sometimes the author teams move around and it’s hard to stay on track over time.  George Baklarz and Paul C. Zikopolous are like a Timex watch – they keep on ticking and ticking – writing and writing.   Here’s their latest DB2 book TOC:

DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows: DBA Guide, Reference, and Exam Prep, 6th Edition

Chapter 1: Product Overview        3

Information as a Service        4
The DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Data Server        9
DB2 Connectivity        28
DB2 Administration        45
Summary        60

Chapter 2: Getting Started        63

Product Installation        64
The DB2 Environment        98
Summary        115

Chapter 3: Getting Connected        117

DB2 Client Overview        118
Roadmap to Distributed Communications        124
Summary        164

Chapter 4: Controlling Data Access        167

Overview of Security        168
Auditing        216
Summary        221

Part TWO: Using SQL        223

Chapter 5: Database Objects        225

Understanding Database Objects        227
Managing Database Objects        235
Tables        263
Database Design and Implementation        316
Summary        325

Chapter 6: Manipulating Database Objects        327

Data Retrieval        328
Data Modification        365
View Classification        383
Summary        395

Chapter 7: Advanced SQL        397

Triggers        398
Recursive SQL        405
Outer Join        409
OLAP Features        414
Advanced CASE Expressions        432
Structured Types and Typed Tables        434
Summary Tables        456
Sequences        469
Advanced Functions        472
Summary        487

Chapter 8: pureXML Storage Engine        489

pureXML Feature Pack        490
The Difference: pureXML        495
Creating an XML-enabled Database        500
Creating Tables with pureXML        502
Inserting Data into pureXML Columns        504
Selecting Data from pureXML Columns        513
Updating and Deleting pureXML Columns        520
Indexing pureXML Columns        521
XML Schema Repository (XSR)        533
Summary        537

Chapter 9: Development SQL        539

User-Defined Functions        540
Structured Data Types        549
Schemas and Aliases        555
COMMIT and ROLLBACK        558
SQL Procedural Language        559
Stored Procedures        578
Summary        597

Chapter 10: Concurrency        599

Concurrency        600
Isolation Levels        607
Lockingv610
Summary        621

Part THREE: DB2 Administration        623

Chapter 11: Data Storage Management        625

Processor, Memory, and Disk Resources        626
DB2 Storage Model        628
Table Space Design        640
Implementation Examples        652
Automatic Storage        664
Table Space Maintenance        666
Table (Range) Partitioning        674
Summary        699

Chapter 12: Maintaining Data        701

Moving Data        702
Data Movement Utilities        705
Data Maintenance        766
Data Maintenance Process        786
Summary        791

Chapter 13: Database Recovery        793

Database Recovery Concepts        794
Types of Recovery        795
Recovery Strategies        796
Use of Log Files        797
Version Recovery Using Backup and Restore        805
Roll-Forward Recovery        827
Managing Log Files        837
Other Recovery Considerations        838
High Availability        845
High-Availability Disaster Recovery        850
Summary        869

Chapter 14: Monitoring and Tuning        871

Elements of Performance        872
DB2 Architecture Overview        876
DB2 Sorting Methods        887
Monitoring the DB2 System        887
Database Monitoring        890
SQL Monitoring        921
Diagnostics and Problem Determination        947
Self-Tuning Memory Manager        960
Summary        973

Part FOUR: Developing Applications        975

Chapter 15: Application Development Overview        977

DB2 Application Development Environment        978
DB2 Programming Interfaces        982
Summary        995

Chapter 16: Development Considerations        997

Embedded SQL Overview        998
Support for CLI and        ODBC Programming        1009
Support for Java Programming        1018
DB2 Developer Workbench        1021
Summary        1022

Part FIVE: Appendices        1023

Appendix A: DB2 9 Certification Test Objectives        1025

DB2 Certification Levels        1026
DB2 9 Fundamentals (730)        1027
DB2 for LUW Database Administration (731)        1029
DB2 for LUW Advanced DBA (734)        1032
IBM Certified DBA for DB2 9 for LUW, Upgrade (736)        1034

Appendix B: DB2DEMO Installation        1037

Installation Requirements        1038
Using the DB2DEMO Program        1045
Advanced Programming Information        1066
Support        1095

Reaching the Goal - Theory of ConstraintsA few weeks ago I talked about John Rickett’s new book, Reaching The Goal: How Managers Improve a Services Business Using Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints

John recently a series of podcasts on this topic – so kick back and have a listen.

PART 1 

Managing services is extremely challenging, and traditional “industrial” management techniques are no longer adequate. In “Reaching the Goal,” Dr. John Arthur Ricketts presents a breakthrough management approach that embraces what makes services different: their diversity, complexity, and unique distribution methods.

PART 2

In Part 2 of “Reaching the Goal,” Dr. John Arthur Ricketts contrasts the “Theory of Constraints” approach to services projects versus non services projects.
 

 

Developing Quality Technical Information 

 During a recent conference call with a new author team, the topic of “how to write” came up.  The folks wanted to know if we had guidelines, do’s and dont’s etc….  Well we do and we don’t.  We have them in different forms – like Powerpoint presentations and Word documents – but we don’t have a comprehensive document.  My colleague has spent the last couple of days pulling that together.  I just remembered that we have an IBM Press book on the subject.  While it doesn’t address business books – it’s a great resource for creating technical documents.  Sometimes things are right under your nose! Here’s the skinny on the book:

 Developing Quality Technical Information

Direct from IBM’s own documentation experts, this is the definitive guide to developing outstanding technical documentation–for the Web and for print. Using extensive before-and-after examples, illustrations, and checklists, the authors show exactly how to create documentation that’s easy to find, understand, and use. This edition includes extensive new coverage of topic-based information, simplifying search and retrievability, internationalization, visual effectiveness, and much more.

Coverage includes:

  • Focusing on the tasks and topics users care about most
  • Saying more with fewer words
  • Using organization and other means to deliver faster access to information
  • Presenting information in more visually inviting ways
  • Improving the effectiveness of your review process
  • Learning from example: sample text, screen captures, illustrations, tables, and much more

Whether you’re a writer, editor, designer, or reviewer, if you want to create great documentation, this book shows you how!

WebSphere and SOAWhen IBM Press published its first SOA book in 2005 there were only a few books in the market on this topic.  Our SOA Compass book was one of the first books to really explain the SOA infrastructure.  Fast forward to 2008 and there are dozens of books on SOA.  We have published two more since 2005 – Sandy Carter’s New Language of Business – SOA and Web 2.o and just a few weeks ago we released, WebSphere Business Integration Primer: Process Server, BPEL, SCA, and SOAWe have more SOA books in the pipeline – the space is getting crowded by its such an important IT topic and we want to take a leadership position here.  Leaders must lead!

So about our new book – here’s the TOC and a link to purchase:

Chapter 1 Business Integration 1

Business Integration Challenge 1

Service-Oriented Architecture 3

SOA Lifecycle 5

Business Integration Programming Model 7

BPEL (Now Called WS-BPEL) 8

Service Data Objects 8

Closing the Link 9

Links to developerWorks 9

 

Chapter 2 Business Integration Architecture and Patterns 11

Business Integration Scenarios 12

Business Integration: Roles, Products, and Technical Challenges 12

The Business Object Framework 14

Service Component Architecture 16

Business Integration Patterns 21

Business Processes 23

Qualifiers 23

Closing the Link 24

Links to developerWorks 25

 

Chapter 3 Business Orchestration 27

Business Processes 27

BPEL 28

BPEL Extensions 35

Short-Running and Long-Running Processes 35

BPEL and SCA 38

Closing the Link 38

Links to developerWorks 39

 

Chapter 4 WebSphere Integration Developer 41

Installing WID 41

Working with WID 42

Business Integration Solution Building Blocks 43

Creating Projects and Other Artifacts 44

Process Editor 54

Assembly Editor 57

Visual Snippet Editor 61

Exporting Modules 64

Testing Modules and Components 67

Logging and Troubleshooting 71

Eclipse Shell Sharing 72

Closing the Link 72

Links to developerWorks 73

 

Chapter 5 WebSphere Process Server 75

WebSphere Process Server in a Nutshell 76

Terminology and Topology 82

Installing WPS 85

WPS Clustered Topologies 87

Topology Choices 92

Closing the Link 97

Links to developerWorks 98

 

Chapter 6 Business Processes 99

Sample Application 99

Working with a Short-Running Business Process 102

Working with a Long-Running Business Process 108

Advanced BPEL Features 113

Closing the Link 122

Links to developerWorks 123

 

Chapter 7 Business Maps and Business Rules 125

Supporting Services 125

Mapping 126

A Mapping Scenario 129

Implementing Maps 132

Relationships 138

A Relationship Scenario 138

Business Rules 142

A Decision Table Scenario 143

Selectors 152

Mediation 153

Closing the Link 154

Links to developerWorks 154

 

Chapter 8 Business State Machines, Human Tasks, and Web Services 155

Business State Machines 155

State Transition Diagram of the Order Process 156

Implementing the Order Business State Machine 158

Human Tasks 166

User Interface 168

Web Services 171

Working with Web Services in WID 172

Closing the Link 179

Links to developerWorks 179

 

Chapter 9 Business Integration Clients 181

Business Process Choreographer (BPC) 181

Business Process Choreographer Explorer 182

Working with the BPC Explorer 183

Observing Versus Monitoring 189

Common Event Infrastructure (CEI) 190

Business Process Choreographer Event Collector 193

Business Process Choreographer Observer (BPCO) 193

Working with the Observer 196

Closing the Link 197

Links to developerWorks 198

 

Chapter 10 Business Integration Services Management 199

Security 199

Logging and Tracing 210

Message Logger 213

Closing the Link 217

Links to developerWorks 217

 

Chapter 11 Business Integration Programming 219

SCA Programming Model 219

Event Sequencing in WPS 229

Business Graphs and Programmatic Manipulation of Business Objects 232

APIs or SPIs 237

Visual Programming 242

Closing the Link 249

Links to developerWorks 249

 

Chapter 12 WebSphere Adapters 251

Adapters 252

Adapter Architecture 254

Working with an Adapter 258

FTP, Flat File, and Email Adapters 266

SAP Adapter 266

Siebel Adapter 267

Custom Adapters 268

Closing the Link 271

Links to developerWorks 271

 

Chapter 13 Business Modeling 273

Installing WebSphere Business Modeler 274

Business Modeling Terms and Concepts 274

Working with WebSphere Business Modeler 276

Business Process Diagrams 280

Business Measures 281

Working with the Business Model 282

Closing the Link 293

Links to developerWorks 293

 

Chapter 14 Business Monitoring 295

Business Activity Monitoring 296

Installing WebSphere Business Monitor 298

Installing WebSphere Business Monitor Development Toolkit 298

Working with WebSphere Business Monitor 301

KPIs 302

Dashboards 302

Monitor Models 303

Working with MME 305

Closing the Link 318

Links to developerWorks 319

 

Chapter 15 Enterprise Service Bus and Service Registry 321

WebSphere Service Registry and Repository (WSRR) 322

Installing WSRR 324

Working with WSRR 326

WSRR and WID 332

Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) 335

WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus 336

WESB Terminology 337

Installing WESB 342

Working with WESB 343

WESB and WID 344

Closing the Link 348

Links to developerWorks 348

 

Appendix A WebSphere Process Server Installation 349

Installing WebSphere Process Server 349

Creating a Profile 353

Installing WPS Silently 358

Creating Additional Profiles Silently 359

WPS Installation Folder 359

Uninstalling WPS 360

 

Appendix B WebSphere Integration Developer Installation 361

Installing WebSphere Integration Developer 361

WID Usage 364

Updating WID 366

 

Appendix C WebSphere Business Modeler Installation 367

Installing WebSphere Business Modeler 367

 

Appendix D WebSphere Business Monitor Installation 373

Installing WebSphere Business Monitor 373

Installing WebSphere Business Monitor Development Toolkit 380

 

Appendix E WebSphere Service Registry and Repository Installation 385

Installing WSRR 385

Installing the WSRR Eclipse Plug-in in WID 388

 

Appendix F WebSphere Adapter Toolkit Installation 393

Installing WebSphere Adapter Toolkit 393

Verifying the WAT Eclipse Plug-in in WID 395

 

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