- Hardcover: 688 pages
- Publisher: IBM Press; 1 edition (November 7, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0131491202
- ISBN-13: 978-0131491205
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1.6 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,602,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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DB2 for z/OS Version 8 DBA Certification Guide 1st Edition
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About the Author
Susan Lawson is an internationally recognized consultant and lecturer with a strong background in system and database administration. She currently works with several clients to help development, implement, and tune some of the world's largest and most complex DB2 databases. She is an IBM Gold Consultant for DB2 and S/390, and an IBM Certified DBA for DB2 UDB Version 7 for z/OS. She is coauthor of DB2 High Performance Design and Tuning (Prentice Hall, 2001) and author of DB2 Universal Database for OS/390 v7.1 Application Certification Guide (Prentice Hall, 2002).
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If you passed the 69 tests questions provided in the book for 516 the exam, you can then enroll for the test , because it is quite the same level. The sample tests give you the idea of the questions.
However, I am preparing again , and this time I am reading most from the on-line IBM manuals, which are very good.The book does not cover some of the topics such as application development, DSN commands, Security etc, in depth , which make quite a substantial portion of exam.
Unfortunatley neither the questions in the book nor in the sample exams at IBM's site give you a real feel, what they are going to ask! Further, I feel that the book as a "Certification Guide" is nowhere near to the actual exam. It does not give a feel as what % of questions will be expected from each chapter or some kind of distribution. Sample questions should be after each chapter for better preparation.
In spite of all these shortcomings, I must confess that this book was very good to cover most of the topics but one has to read the manuals in order to really pass the exam.
The material in the book may well cover the necessary topics for the certification test, but the stamina necessary to read it makes this choice clearly a poor one. You would be much better off reading Craig Mullins' latest DB2 Developer's Guide and portions of the DB2 Administration Guide to in preparation for the exams.
I give this book 2 stars only because the material covered seems to closely match what is on the test. Extracting the information from this book, however, is another matter.
Except for a few typos in a few places, this book is an excellent material and is a handy book for a DBA. I certainly recommend it to anyone wishing to pursue DBA certification.