DB2 UDB V8.1 Certification Test 701 Study Guideby Roger E. Sanders
Written by a member of the DB2 UDB Version 8.1 Certification Exam development team, DB2 Universal Database v8.1
Over 20,000 people test to become IBM Certified Database Administrators every year. Some will pass, many will not. This book is IBM's official companion to mastering the skills that you need to ensure that you pass Certification Exams 701 and 706.
Written by a member of the DB2 UDB Version 8.1 Certification Exam development team, DB2 Universal Database v8.1 Certification Exams 701 and 706 Study Guide delivers information that every database administrator should be familiar with before they take the DB2 Universal Database v8.1 Database Administrator certification exams.
Author and DB2 UDB expert Roger E. Sanders covers every aspect of DB2 UDB v8.1 in clear, concise, and well-ordered chapters that give you the information you need to maximize your effectiveness come test time. Sanders outlines every facet of DB2 UDB v8.1 that will be featured on the exams and does so in an in-depth, professional manner that can only come from an expert with four DB2 UDB Version 8 certifications.
Each chapter also features practice exam questions and answers, as well as explanations and breakdowns of every correct answer. There is no better way to prepare for the DB2 UDB V8.1 Certification exams!
If you're a DB2 database administrator and you would like to become IBM DB2 UDB certified, then look no further-this is a must-have companion for anyone wanting to take the 701 or 706 certification exams.
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In the world of large commercial databases, there are really only two choices: IBM's dB2 and Oracle. While MySQL and Postgres are increasingly try to break up this cosy duopoly, they are still small players. So as a professional DBA, or an aspiring one, dB2 is a good choice. Given this, IBM provides several levels of certification. Sanders here supplies the official study guide for the 701 and 706 exams. Thumbing through this book, you see lots of SQL commands. But a lot of the SQL appears to be syntax specific to managing dB2. A dB2 programmer/user can largely deal with generic SQL. But for you, that's not enough. The value of this book is heavily in the specifics of dB2 and how to optimise its performance. The questions and answers in each chapter are at least as important as the text. If you are at all serious, you MUST tackle these. Otherwise, you've just discarded half the value of the book. Of course, the actual questions in the exams will differ. But by being able to do the book's problems, it forces you to clarify your understanding. My own SQL background is mostly with MySQL. So most of this book is new to me. I tried a couple of chapters and their problem sets. Not bad. The problems are not trivial. But the volume of material in each chapter is succinct enough to be doable in a few hours.
If you are serious in moving through the DB2 certifications, you will find the book to be a helpful addition to your library. I certainly wish I had this reference when I was studying for the certification exams. The book opens with a detailed roadmap on DB2 certification that explains the various tracks. It also has a good explanation of how to register for tests and how the tests work. Understanding how the tests work can save you valuable time on test day. The book is arranged around the test sections, which seems like a good way to study for the tests. A certification study guide could easily be dry, but Roger's good use of white space, pictures and diagrams help keep the book easy to read. The questions in the book seem so close to the real thing, that you may think you are taking the exam.