Thursday, June 16, 2016

Now available: DB2 Version 11 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows

The new version 11.1 of DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows (DB2 LUW) is now available. Enjoy many product improvements for analytic and OLTP scenarios. Here is how to get started:

With that, let's get started and have a save and successful journey with the newest DB2 version, DB2 11.1.

P.S.: Don't forget to try out IBM dashDB, the DB2-based cloud offering.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Learn DB2 and dashDB with Stack Overflow

Top-voted DB2 questions on Stack Overflow
When I want to learn more about the ins and outs of DB2 or dashDB or when I have some spare time and want some fun sharing my knowledge I visit Stack Overflow. Stack Overflow (SO) is at the core of a network of question & answer websites. Here is a quick introduction with hopefully some deeper discussion in a future blog post.

If you are not signed up with Stack Overflow, you can use these links to see DB2 and dashDB questions:
Once you are logged into Stack Overflow it is possible to combine several tags (such as "db2" or "dashDB") in a single search. It also is possible to search for a specific keyword related to a tag. Putting "[db2] XML" into the search box results in all questions and answers that were labeled (tagged) "db2" and contain the word "XML". Want to know more about question related to dashDB and R? Try "[dashdb][r]".

Questions related to programming belong to Stack Overflow, topics around operating DB2 should be in the DBA channel for Stack Exchange.

I am sure there will be more questions coming up once DB2 V11 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows is released - hopefully next week.

Monday, May 30, 2016

New IBM Knowledge Center for DB2 and other products

New DB2 Knowledge Center
Maybe you have already seen this, but the Knowledge Center for DB2 and other IBM products just changed. When you go to your bookmarked link for the DB2 10.5 Knowledge Center you will notice a slightly different layout for the known content. However, there are more differences and I really like them.

The first thing I tried was the language picker. At the bottom right of each page you can now switch between supported languages. Something that is useful especially when your first language is not English and you want to check language-specific terms or clarify a feature description. On the welcome page for DB2 10.5 you can also switch between DB2 versions and going back to even DB2 9.5 is still supported.
Switching Languages in the IBM Knowledge Center

What I first missed due to layout changes was the navigation tree. It is visible after clicking the icon on the upper left and topics can be expanded much faster than in the old version of the Knowledge Center. What also is much faster is the search functionality. After clicking on "Search" on the upper right, a page with a search box is coming up. It is possible to select the DB2 version to be searched and enter the search term. Suggestions for possible keywords are made and when you hit "enter" the search results appear. Everything as expected. However, what I find very useful is the option to preview individual search results by expanding them within the result list (see screenshot below). That way you can stay with the result page without switching back and forth between documentation and search results.

Once you are on a regular documentation page, you can again switch between different DB2 versions and thus easily compare what has changed or check out syntax for a specific version. There are also new forward and backward buttons on top of each page to walk through a topic or section split over multiple pages - less navigation and clicks required to consume the content.

That's my update for today. If you feel nostalgic, check out my blog entry from 2009 about changes to what was called "Information Center" at that time. And in case you are cloud-based already, the new Knowledge Center for IBM dashDB is here.

Simplified search in the DB2 Knowledge Center


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