May 26, 2009

Looking to Learn? Start With IBM developerWorks

When it comes to DB2 for z/OS, I'm always looking to learn. The great thing about the DB2 for z/OS community is that we can all learn from one another. And there's no better place to interact with our community than the DB2 for z/OS space of IBM developerWorks.

To receive the full benefits of developerWorks you need to register with IBM. Once you create a login ID, you can access the many resources offered within the developerWorks DB2 for z/OS space. Let's explore some of these resources.

developerWorks Library: Go here if you're new to developerWorks. Watch the introductory demo.

DB2 for z/OS group space: This is a place to mingle with IBM DB2 experts and other DB2 professionals. Read member profiles and contact individual members.

developerWorks spotlights: Access the latest white papers and learn of upcoming webinars and conferences.

DB2 for z/OS Exchange: Share that favorite routine you've developed, or pick up a new program. Among the many examples: SMF type 42 parser, a sample COBOL stored procedure that writes to a file and sample REXX to call DSNWZP to write out your DSNZPARM values.

developerWorks offers: This area features sample applications that demonstrate different technologies. Current offerings include "DB2 9.5 Security for Linux, UNIX and Windows" and "XML Integration from Data to Documents and Everything in Between." You'll also want to check out the IBM Mashup Center V1.1, where you can download easy-to-use software that supports quick assembly of dynamic situational applications with the governance and security-rich capabilities IT requires.

DB2 for z/OS forum: Post a question or provide an answer. Interact with your fellow mainframe DBAs.

Featured content: IBM periodically publishes product demos. For instance, the current featured product tour is for Infosphere Data Warehouse on System z.

DB2 for z/OS Redbooks: Check here for newly released publications, including "DB2 for z/OS: Deploying SOA Solutions," "DB2 for z/OS Performance Topics" and "DB2 for z/OS Stored Procedures: Through the CALL and Beyond."

developerWorks blogs: Check out the valuable insights of these IBM experts. Some write specifically about DB2 for z/OS, while others cover topics like XML and SOA:

If you're active in IBM developerWorks, post a comment and let us know how this community has helped you in your career.