Backup Compression Consideration – DB2 COMPRESS vs. GZIP

Krafick_HeadshotWe interrupt your regular programming for a quick announcement.

If you have been reading DB2commerce.com for a while you know I am an occasional guest writer on this technical blog. I’ve worked this year on expanding my comfort zone with regular articles here, a developerWorks article to be posted next week, and I have entered as a competitor on the DB2 Night Show’s “DB2s Got Talent”.… Read the rest

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DB2’s Got Talent 2014

One of the highlights of 2013 for me was winning third place in the DB2’s Got Talent competition. If you’re a long time reader, you may remember me begging for votes the last two years in March. But this contest is for those who are newer to presenting about DB2 topics in the larger DB2 community, so I’m done – I no longer qualify.… Read the rest

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My First IBM IOD – 2013

I don't want to blog too much about the conference because I know that when my favorite bloggers talk about conferences I did not get to go to, it just feels like they are mocking me. I tweeted a lot instead (@ember_crooks), and am keeping the blog entries down to a minimum.… Read the rest

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A Newbie Going to IOD

I’m a big fan of the IDUG conferences, so have generally focused my funding and management-convincing on getting to go to the IDUG North American Technical Conference. But now that I’m starting to present at IDUG conferences, I want to consider presenting at IOD as well.… Read the rest

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Tips for Using the IBM DB2 Information Center Part 3: Information Structure – Parameter and Message Reference and General Guidance

This article is the third in a series about the IBM DB2 Information Center. Please check out the other articles in this series:

Tips for Using the IBM DB2 Information Center Part 2: Information Structure – System Monitor and Syntax

Tips for Using the IBM DB2 Information Center Part 1: Navigating

Adminstration Guide: Performance / Parameter References

Man, it would be hard to choose a favorite if I had to choose one of these sections I'm describing in this post.… Read the rest

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The DBA Ethos

I am a DBA. No matter what title my company gives me, my primary job is designing, engineering, and supporting DB2 databases. DBAs sometimes have a bad reputation. I was a bit surprised the first time my engineering colleagues told me how lucky we were to have such great involved DBAs.… Read the rest

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Tips for Using the IBM DB2 Information Center Part 2: Information Structure – System Monitor and Syntax

My goal with this series is to provide some tips and tricks you might not be aware of for finding information in the IBM DB2 Information Center.

Check out Part 1 in this series: Tips for Using the IBM DB2 Information Center Part 1: Navigating

As I mentioned in Part 1, I started working with IBM DB2 documentation just before the IBM DB2 Information Center became the standard.… Read the rest

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Twitter Debates

Krafick_HeadshotTwitter debates. I’ve never been in one, nor have I actually heard of them until yesterday. But when @DB2Geek hosted a debate on Tuesday, I decided to pop on and see what it was all about. (Search for hashtag #db2debate).

It was fascinating.… Read the rest

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