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However, I find it extremely difficult to use as a reference because the index seldom contains an entry relevant to my question. There is a LOT of information in this book and the index could stand to be several times larger in order to successfully direct you to that information. Unless you already know what you're looking for, chances are slim that you will find it in the index.
For example, I found a parameter in a SELECT statement "WITH UR" and needed to know what it meant. There was no entry under "WITH" nor "UR". There was nothing about this parm in the index under "SELECT" either. I had to go to the online IBM manuals to find out that "UR" is an isolation level and was then able to go back to the "DB2 Developer's Guide" index to find the information that I needed indexed under "isolation level".
My experience is almost exactly the same every time that I try to use this book. Again - there's a lot of info and I like the book when I do find what I want, but it be warned that you may also have difficulty using the book as a reference.
If you work with DB2 then you should own this book as a handy reference. I have benefitted with this book a lot and I would like to thank Craig for that!!! Craig keep writing.....
IBM invented relational databases and its DB2 is one of the company's core technologies. While it trails Oracle in market share, the capabilities as shown here by Mullins are probably at least the equal of Oracle's 10g.
This book is designed for a full time DB2 administrator or developer, who needs an extensive reference on it. It's fair to say that you would not want to learn the theory of relational databases from this book. Sadly, there is only one, passing reference to E F Codd, in the context of normalisation of data. Minimal acknowledgment of the founder of relational modelling. Seek a learning of theory elsewhere.
Instead, the book focuses on all the options built into DB2. By now, possibly person-centuries of IBM's programmer sweat have gone int this latest version 8. You can take advantage of this accrued expertise. Though the time needed to absorb a chapter may be nontrivial.
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I purchased two copies of the publication, one for home and one for office use. I have resently used it to successfully analyze a problem that had stomped others who have more... Read morePublished on February 15, 2013 by Thom J 3
What can I say? Craig's book is THE book on DB2. Covers DB2, particularly z/OS DB2, from A to Z.Published on February 7, 2013 by Charles A. Mills
I bought several of these for students attending an online DB2 class I was delivering.Published on June 25, 2010 by Data Guy
Awesome, very comprehensive. I am currently using this book to enhance my knowledge of the Explain command. This is a very thorough complete book for anyone using DB2. Read morePublished on June 8, 2009 by Ron
THE BIBLE - this is how I call this book. I read this particular edition for the first time in February 2005. Several months later once again, and it's always at my desk. Read morePublished on March 23, 2008 by Daniela Guentcheva
This may be considered the Bible of DB2 books but it is lacking a whole Testament! If, like me, you are looking for info on dynamic and extended dynamic SQL to avoid having to... Read morePublished on February 25, 2008 by John W. Mycroft
I updated my library with the new edition of this Book. As in the older versions, it will be a valuable resource used daily. Thanks!Published on February 11, 2008 by Lori A. Galluzzo
A concise & up to date guide on all things relating to DB2 by one of the top authers. Highly recommended.Published on October 22, 2007 by James S. Turner