A Complete Guide to DB2 Universal Database
||Author: Don Chamberlin|
List Price: $62.95
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Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann (15 August, 1998)
Sales Rank: 76,752
Average Customer Rating: 4.64 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 5 out of 5
Excellent book for Beginners
I bought this book when I started out in DB2. It's interesting, humorous style made for easy-reading and I covered most of the book within 2 weeks. This book is not a reference text or a thorough description of the more advanced areas of DB2, but covers the entry level to intermediate levels brilliantly.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Good rewrite of basics, advanced stuff not complete
As an experienced DBA and DB developer in just about every major DB product except DB2, I was disappointed that there is no book on the market explaining "in DB2, feature A works like this; feature B goes like that; feature C is entirely unique, etc. etc."
However, due to the detail and simply great authoring of the chapters regarding basic data management and data definition, everything is revealed to the trained DBA eye. It was a pleasure to read, frankly, but I'm not sure if a beginner would be able to 'read between the lines' as I did.
This book would be five stars but for the following problems- the cover seems to have be constructed with tissue paper, and in my opinion the chapters regarding embedded/external language (C, Java, etc.) and DBA administration should be carved out and put in seperate books, where they can be given proper attention.
Furthermore, codepages and general management of multilingual characters are simply absent, which is great shame because as far as I can see DB2 has the best management of all the major DB products. I'd really like to know if I'm fully exploiting the 'graphic' (double-byte character) datatype and charset translation features.
Rating: 5 out of 5
DB2 for UDB Application developers must have this book!
Common table expressions and super groups are very well explained in this book, with many detailed examples . The examples progress in a well defined manner. I agree with jbrunton that more Java JDBC and SQLJ examples would be useful.
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