Monday, December 29, 2008

DB2 Express-C on Mac OS X

I cannot remember how many times I've been asked the question "Does DB2 Express-C run on the Mac?". I recall in my trip to Portugal a few months ago, many students and teachers using the Mac. I'm happy I can now answer "Yes" to that question. As of December 23rd, 2008 IBM has released a beta version of DB2 Express-C 9.5.2 for the Mac OS X Leopard 64-bit (Intel)!!! You can download it here. This beta release will no doubt be of interest to developers, particularly those who use scripting languages like Ruby, Python and PHP. These communities are in fact, increasingly embracing Mac OS X as their operating system of choice. For more information, check out this blog from my colleague Antonio Cangiano.

Happy holidays!


Friday, December 19, 2008

DB2 9 Certification Session at Georgian College

On Dec 18th, Pat Moffatt and I, Agatha Colangelo, proctored the DB2 9 Fundamentals Exam (730 exam) at Georgian College. There was a good turnout of students; unfortunately some students were working on co-op programs and weren't able to get the time off work. It was an intense session, including some disappointments, especially for those who almost made it had they correctly answered just one or two more questions. When the exam was over, all agreed that this is an exam that you can't take without studying or proper preparation. Prof. Rodrigo dared to take the exam himself, on the fly, without having studied at all, and afterwards told us it was even useful for him to know the type of questions and content that was covered so that he can plan to cover this content in future computer science courses at the college, for example, concurrency and locking content.

Congratulations to those who passed or almost made it (you will certainly pass the next time)!! For those that didn't make/take the exam, there will be another certification event again at Georgian College next spring or summer; you will be notified of the exact date. In the meantime, here are some useful links where you can get great study material:

  • DB2 9 Fundamentals certification 730 prep series
  • DB2 9 certification: Everything you need to know
  • The free Getting Started with DB2 Express-C book
  • The free Getting Started with DB2 Express-C e-videos

    This material is really all you need to know to pass the 730 exam.

    After the exam, over lunch at a Japanese restaurant, Pat presented the IBM Academic Initiative program to Prof. Rodrigo. He was quite interested in the program and plans to implement it at Georgian College in the near future.

    Best of luck to the students studying for the next session and I look forward to seeing you next spring or summer!

    Agatha Colangelo