Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
You may have heard about this contest in my DB2 on Campus presentations in China, ASEAN, and India. The “Search for the XML Superstar” contest is now a reality in Turkey, Lithuania, China, India and ASEAN. In India it is used as the theme of this year's TGMC contest (http://www.tgmc.in/). In ASEAN they have announced the contest recently (asean.xmlsuperstar.com), and in China, the contest is now running for a few months (http://www.dbacontest.net/). But rather than checking out each of these web sites individually, you can log on to xmlchallenge.com and choose the country of your choice. The site will be live this October 1st, when the International DB2 User Group (IDUG) officially announces the “Search for the XML Superstar” contest in the United States.
As I've been saying in my presentations, XML is the foundation for many of the technologies of the present and future. It is shaping the way data is stored, exchanged, analyzed, transferred and processed. Participate in this contest and become the XML superstar!.
Note that the contest has several categories, so even if you are an XML or DB2 novice, you can participate!. The five categories are: XML application programming, ported applications, database gadgets, videos and query challenge. Contestants will participate in a combination of education, exposure to practical applications and “tests” that will validate understanding and ability to program IBM database technologies. Entries will be judged by an independent panel of DB2 professionals.
In terms of prizes, you could receive an all-expense paid trip to an IDUG conference, a Segway i2 personal transport system, a new laptop, an iPod, a Sony PlayStation 3 or a Nintendo Wii system!. For students you may also win opportunities for interviews and IBM lab visits.
Participate and be the XML superstar!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
On Tuesday I visited Anna University in Chennai (picture below) and delivered a 3-hour presentation to almost 150 students. On Thursday I visited Truba university in Bhopal ("The city of lakes"), and there were also more than 150 students and 5 teachers (Picture to the right). I'm receiving several applications from students now who want to become DB2 Student ambassadors. On Friday, I had a very fruitful meeting with IBM India colleagues. IBM India is doing a great job to reach to universities and give them access to IBM software. They started the TGMC (The Great Mind Challenge contest) a few years ago, and now they are running it every year with a huge amount of students participating. This year's main theme for TGMC is to become the "XML superstar" taking advantage of DB2's unique pureXML technology. The DB2 on Campus DVDs containing the free book and videos have been well received in India, and IBM India will reproduce it locally and use it for TGMC.
Though it was a short visit, I do plan to return to India again. I see a "can do" attitude in almost every student I meet in India. This is also the attitude IBM India has, and they are eager to execute a program I presented to them on the Friday's meeting.
Monday, September 15, 2008
You may already know that we have a free DB2 Express-C book, and that the DB2 Express-C community has been translating it for a few months now. I'm glad to inform you that in addition to the English, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Portuguese (Brazil) translations -- which were available for a few months already -- a new translation has been added: the German version. Thanks to Mr. Leo E. for his volunteer work for this latest translation!. Click here to get the free book.
Other translations coming soon are: Polish, Italian, Spanish, Thai, Bahasa Indonesia, Russian, and Portuguese (Portugal). All of these translations have been done by the DB2 Community. My sincere thanks to all who have contributed thus far!
Saturday, September 13, 2008
In Thailand (picture on the left) I held two sessions to 31 teachers from 10 universities. Several teachers were very interested in the pureXML unit, and planned to incorporate it in his/her courses. Both in Vietnam and Thailand there were sessions held on Saturday and Sunday to fit professor's schedules.
Next stop: India!