Monday, June 25, 2012

How to communicate within your family (kids, significant other, DB2)...

Healthy families talk with each other. But (usually) I speak differently with my wife than with my kids. There is no manual on how to address everyone individually or how to conduct get heard by all of them. Fortunately, there is a guide for the DB2 family of products. And it has been updated recently.

When I give talks about the DB2 family I always mention that we strive to coordinate new features, learn from each other (yes, even mistakes), and try to speak the same language. Time travel queries (temporal data), row and column access control, the XML data type, binary XML, etc. are some of the more visible recent coordinated endeavors. Now the so-called SQL Reference for Cross-Platform Development has been updated to reflect new DB2 features. That page is very useful for some other reasons:
  • It offers links to older versions of the SQL Reference for Cross-Platform Development.
  • It has links to a lot of documentation for DB2 z/OS, DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows, and for DB2 i.
  • All versions combined, it has 10 years of best practices of application development.
That's all for now, I have to go prepare the dinner table. Some family discussion is about to start...