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SQL for DB2 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1583041239
ISBN-10: 1583041230
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A comprehensive, indispensable resource for students, programmers, and database administrators who need to learn about the AS/400 database. -- Bernadette Cinkoske, Assistant Professor, Ivy Tech State College

A practical database design and SQL programming textbook specifically for AS/400 application developers. -- Frank G. Soltis, IBM AS/400 Chief Scientist and Prof. Computer Engineering, Univ. of Minnesota

Both newcomers to the AS/400 and experienced AS/400 programmers will find SQL/400 Developer's Guide an excellent resource. -- Sharon L. Hoffman, Senior Analyst, TechReflections

This book is where you should start learning SQL on the AS/400. -- Kent Milligan, DB2 & BI Solutions, AS/400 Partner World for Developers --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Structured Query Language/400 is IBM’s strategic language for defining and manipulating DB2 UDB for AS/400 databases. IBM has recently stated that the proprietary Data Description Specifications and built-in RPG and COBOL I/O extensions are not being enhanced to support new database features. That means if you plan to take full advantage of the AS/400 integrated database, you need to know SQL. And, if you plan to use Java, you need to know SQL because JDBC (Java Database Connectivity) uses SQL to access the AS/400 database. Finally, if you plan to keep your application programming skills current, you need to know SQL because it’s the database language used on all major platforms. This book provides a comprehensive explanation of SQL/400 to students and practicing programmers. Once you master the topics covered in SQL/400 Developer’s Guide, you’ll be able to design and create professional level databases for real applications. This book also provides developers wi! th extensive advice on database design, as well as programming. We cover SQL data definition language (DDL) and data manipulation (DML) in detail. But we go beyond that to explain essential areas such as security, transaction integrity (commitment control), object and row locking, stored procedures, and trigger programs. The book includes numerous examples, tables, appendices, and detailed technical explanations so in most cases, you won’t need any AS/400 manual to create, manage, and use UDB/400 tables and other objects. This edition is based on Version 4 Release 5 of UDB/400, RPG IV, and ILE COBOL/400. This is an ideal book for programmers coming from other database platforms, such as Oracle, Microsoft’s SQL Server 2000, or other versions of DB2 UDB (e.g., on IBM mainframes). If that’s your situation, you should be able to blast through most of the chapters and get a very rapid start with UDB/400. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: 29th Street Press; 2 edition (January 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583041230
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583041239
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,039,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Terry W. Smith on February 1, 2001
Format: Paperback
If I were teaching (or taking) a class on SQL/400, or just wanting to learn how to develop AS/400 database applications, this is _the_ book that I would want to use. The information needed to develop AS/400 SQL applications is available from other sources, but contained in hundreds of technical manuals, magazine articles, news group postings, and code examples (just to name a few sources). The authors have used their considerable knowledge and experiences to shorten the learning process for the reader by pulling together that information into a single place. I am especially impressed with the organization of material into manageable topics, the easy to read writing style, and numerous tips and techniques presented. I found reading this book more like reading a good novel and wanting to see what happens in the next chapter rather than reading a textbook. I have to admit however I live with this stuff every day. Having been an AS/400 database administrator for the past 10 years I can appreciate the amount of knowledge, experience and effort required to write a book of this kind. The only downside to this book that I found is that I would have liked to see more information about developing applications using JDBC, interfacing with Windows applications using ADO and ODBC, and serving AS/400 information via Web pages. I find an increasing part of my workload to be answering questions about these topics. A good majority of those questions however don't deal with language specific access mechanisms but rather from a lack of understanding about AS/400 specific features and database fundamentals, topics which are well covered in this book. After reading this book I do have one additional problem also. Now I need to buy a stack of these books to hand out to the numerous developers who cross my desk on a daily basis.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
I'm an AS/400 programmer with over ten years experience with RPG, DDS, and DB2/400. I've been working with SQL/400 for a little over a year. I wish I'd had this book when I started learning SQL! It has very thorough introductions to all the essential DDL and DML statements. Although I'm somewhat beyond the "basics" level now, I've also found lots of help with more advanced issues.
The explanation of transaction isolation levels and record locking is better than I've found anywhere. Also, the complex rules for "system" vs. "SQL" naming are finally comprehensible. The authors seem to know SQL/400 very well, judging from the numerous "nitty-gritty" technical fine points that are provided in footnotes.
This is really the kind of book that an AS/400 developer needs to become a good SQL programmer, too.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 15, 2001
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As a VB developer, I have experience with Informix, SQL Server and Oracle. But implementing SQL on the AS400 was a challenge. This book was my salvation. It provided the necessary information to help my team develop secure ODBC access to the AS400 using SQL Stored Procedures.
We were able to create tables that provide different record format and file names, and short field names for RPG non-SQL access, as well as long (meaningful) names for Visual Basic / SQL access. We learned how to evaluate SQL naming vs. System naming. And we learned how to provide secure ODBC connections by revoking some of the "public" authorities and using SQL stored procedures with program adopted authority.
Phase II of the project will be WEB based. It's nice to know our DB2 implementation and SQL stored procedures will work whether we use Java, VB .NET or a mixed development environment.
I took my copy of the "SQL 400/Developer's Guide" to the office. People kept "borrowing" it, so I had the company buy a copy. It quickly became the most popular book in the company library. It was in such demand that several developers bought their own copies.
I hope this book is updated annually to incorporate new DB2/400 features. I would gladly purchase future revised editions covering topics like "Implementing Datalinks", "How to find the AS400 job log for ODBC requests", "Using SQL Statements to Define Database Triggers", "Retrieving Disconnected Recordsets" with JAVA and VB examples, "Creating Pivot Tables", "Populating Grids", "Multiple System Joins" (if IBM ever offers this common SQL feature), and more SQL examples.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R Stearns on May 9, 2001
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SQL the standard for data access is now presented in a AS400/iSeries user format. The differences that exist for the DB2/400 user are minor but significant enough to warrant 500 pages plus.
Conte and Cravitz flood the text with real working examples that hit homeruns with the IBM midrange user. Yet, minus the sprinkling of RPG/ILE & Cobol code any DB2 user would find the text extremely helpful.
Keep this book at the ready since it's a "quick grab" when questions come up regarding triggers, UDF's or Database Modeling and design.
The Book is a great starting point for the AS400/iSeries guru looking to open their database to the outside world. With a solid SQL footing the JDBC mountain is a much easier climb.
Conte & Cravitz keep up the great work!
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