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    DanL Podcasts - Series 1 - The DB2 Cocktail Hour

    This podcast series will focus on all things DB2. We'll be covering a number of different technical topics, and include all sorts of special guests. So, grab a cocktail and pick a topic, and let's get this DB2 Cocktail Hour Started!

    Note: The content of this blog is the opinion and thoughts of the blogger and does not necessarily represent the opinions of IDUG.


    The DB2 Cocktail Hour Podcast 12; The IDUG Content CommitteeFrom Las Vegas, Nevada. This was recorded during the 2013 IBM IOD Conference at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Several fellow consultants and IDUG Content Committee members were on hand, and so we thought we'd do a podcast explaining what we are all doing with IDUG and new content. I'm the chairman of the IDUG Content Committee, and I'm joined by Kurt Struyf of Lone Star consulting and Joe Geller of J Geller Software, who are also leaders in the Content Committee. Our charter is to cronical legacy content and provide new content to the IDUG website, as well as provide new content and interactions at IDUG technical conferences. So, in this podcast we detail some of our efforts so that you can learn about what we are doing as well as find the results of our efforts. We are drinking Coors Light and Rodenbach, the music includes Hold On by The Alabama Shakes, and Snake Farm by Ray Wylie Hubbard. The links to the various blogs on the IDUG web site can be found on the links page of
    The DB2 Cocktail Hour Podcast 11; The Cross-Platform DBAFrom Lincoln, Nebraska. Joe Eller of the Nebraska Department of Labor and I discuss the life and times of a cross-platform DB2 DBA. We've both been working with DB2 on z/OS, AIX, and Windows. We compare the environments and talk about the various skills you need to work across platforms. Joe is drinking an Empyrean Third Stone Brown and I am drinking a Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager. We're joined by Joe's wife and race car driver Teresa and we're listening to One of Those Days, Shakin' all Over and Nowhere in Time by Eilen Jewel.
    The DB2 Cocktail Hour Podcast 10; Fun with DB2 LUWFrom Orlando, Florida for the IDUG NA 2013 Technical Conference! I'm joined by Ember Crooks and Scott Hayes in my room, otherwise known as the Dan Bar! We are drinking water and some of my home made beer, along with some guest beers brought over by friends. We discuss some of the big performance tuning buttons as well as some specifics about logging and backup/recovery. We're listening to Sugarfoot by Black Joe Lewis, Lost by Coldplay, and Little bit of Everything by Dawes.
    The DB2 Cocktail Hour Podcast 9; XML and DB2From Orlando, Florida for the IDUG NA 2013 Technical Conference! I'm joined by famed DB2 consultant, and my brother from another, Kurt Struyf. Kurt and I have been doing a lot of research on DB2 and XML, as well as working with our customers on XML implementations in DB2. We collaborated on a stellar SQL and XML technical session at IDUG NA 2013, and thought we should take some of our experience to a podcast. We talk about all things XML and cover storage, XPATH expressions, indexing, SQL/XML, and more! We're drinking Yuengling and listening to Robbin the Liquor Store by The Scabs, Are you Alright by Lucinda Williams, and Carry On by Fun. It's been too long since I had a podcast with Kurt!
    The DB2 Cocktail Hour Podcast 8; DB2 for LUW PerformanceFrom Berlin, Germany. From the IDUG EMEA Technical Conference 2012 I speak with Melanie Stopfer of IBM and independent consultant Joe Geller about DB2 for LUW Performance. This critical discussion is a rare meeting of some of the best minds in the world of DB2 for LUW. We discuss a number of important features in versions 9.7 and 10.1, and how to take advantage of these advanced features for performance. I don't remember what we were drinking, but there's a good chance there was some Rodenbach involved! The song beds include Black Horse and the Cheery Tree by KT Tunstall, a song by the Baltimore band Telesma that unfortunately I don't remember but is way cool, and Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing by Chris Isaak.
    The DB2 Cocktail Hour Podcast 7; DB2 DB2 for z/OS Data SharingFrom Las Vegas, NV. In this third of three podcasts from the IBM Information on Demand Conference I speak with Mark Rader of IBM about DB2 for z/OS Data Sharing. This is a must-listen for anyone who suspects that they might not have a proper data sharing configuration as we discuss how to configure data sharing properly for what you want to use it for; performance, distribution of workload, high availability. We are drinking home made beer and Rodenbach.The song beds include The Midnight Rider by the Allman Brothers, Trouble Maker by Weezer, and Rebel Girl by Survivor!
    The DB2 Cocktail Hour Podcast 6; DB2 Application Performance Analysis2From Las Vegas, NV. In this second of three podcasts from the IBM Information on Demand Conference I speak with Florence Dubois and John Campbell of IBM about how we go about collecting performance metrics and analyzing the information we get from accounting traces. Flo is drinking my home made (Wayward Brewing Company) Altbier, and I'm having a Rodenbach (John's got a water, but provides the popping sound effect when we try to click our plastic cups of beer). The song beds include The Sound of Sunshine by Michael Franti and Spearheads, Time by The Alan Parsons Project, and January Wedding by the Avett Brothers. An increadible highpoint in the history of the Cocktail Hour!
    The DB2 Cocktail Hour Podcast 5; DBA 2012From Las Vegas, NV. In the first of three podcasts from the IBM Information on Demand Conference I speak with Craig Mullins about the evolution of the role of database administrator in the year 2012. We discuss the challenges that DBAs face today and then offer suggestions as to how they can make their lives a little easier while preserving their jobs. We both drinking my home made (Wayward Brewing Company) Abbey Dubbel beer. The song beds include Wild Mountain Honey by Steve Miller, Dream Baby by Roy Orbison, and Repo Man by Ray LaMontagne. Listen as I miss the post on the opening song, but in the next two podcasts I get better!
    The DB2 Cocktail Hour Podcast 4; Advanced SQLFrom Philadelphia, PA. David Simpson of Themis and myself decided to pow wow on the concept of advanced SQL before hitting the town for some BBQ and beer. We discuss the how and why of advanced SQL as well as the coding and performance advantages. We are drinking Yard's Philly Pale Ale and I pick up the guitar to add the music beds of Bridle on a Bull by Chris Knight, Harvest Moon by Neil young, and Freebird by Lynard Skynard. Enjoy!
    The DB2 Cocktail Hour Podcast 3; The New Data Studio 3.1.1From IDUG NA in Denver, Colorado. We've got the best of the best when it comes to Data Studio; Saghi Amirsoleymani of IBM and Tony Andrews of Themis. We discuss the history of the visual explain tools and the evolution that landed us at Data Studio 3.1.1. Then we discuss the improvements that have been made to the tool, including the easier navigation and more powerful features. Tuning queries with Data Studio is discussed in some detail along with the use of the Statistics Advisor, all of which is available at no charge from IBM. Go to the links page for a direct link to the Data Studio download. The song beds include I'd Love to Change the World by Ten Years After, Live Forever by Joe Ely, and Better Days by Bruce Springsteen. Saghi is drinking my own Wayward Brewing Company Wild Cider and Tony is having a Wayward Brewing Company Kolsch-Style, While I'm having some ______ Brazilian beer courtesy of my good friend Steen Rasmussen.

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