Last year I crossed the line. The IDUG conference in Europe is now my favorite. But the North American technical conference is a very close second. Nowhere else can you get this level of detail and the contacts with IBMers and peers. I now get two favorite weeks a year!
My favorite weeks of the year are IDUG conferences. I was lucky enough to go to my first European IDUG last year, and I am looking forward to IDUG in Lisbon this year!
As I was watching the DB2 Night Show on Monday (I missed the first half on Friday), Terry announced that they were going to combine the DB2 for Z/OS and DB2 for LUW panel sessions. They’re making them a bit longer. The reason given for this is that they want to stream both of them, but only have the equipment to stream one at a time. Through conversations and posts on Twitter, I decided to open a Twitter poll on the issue to see if we can get some feedback from others on how they feel about it.
RFE stands for “Request for Enhancement”. IBM has this program for a number of products, but until late 2016, the RFEs for DB2 on LUW were not publicly available to vote on. Now they are, and we’re seeing action on them.
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I’ve run across a few strange SQL statements lately, and while the mistakes they make are not the most impactful, I thought I’d share how I think they could be better written.
It has been 6 years since I started to blog, and about four and a half years of weekly blogging!
2015 was again a record year for db2commerce.com. This year saw over 380,000 page views, which is more than 100,000 more than last year! I expect next year to not be such a drastic increase because my traffic has been fairly even through this year instead of the rapid series of upward steps I’ve seen in previous years. Despite the drastic increase in views, this was the first year I didn’t double the page views from the previous year. By contrast, in 2012 – the first year when I published an average of at least one post a week, I saw 65,000 page views the whole year. I do believe I may be saturating the DB2 audience.
It is a busy time of year for DBAs. Many of us will put in a large number of hours between Friday and Monday keeping ecommerce databases running and our company’s profits rolling. But it’s also a time of year in the USA where we take a moment to be thankful for the things around us and make sure that the people we are thankful to and for are aware of it. I am thankful for a lot of things in the world, but here are some of the things from the DB2 community that I am thankful for.