Monday, January 9, 2017

IBM document: DB2 for i FAQ

I have to thank an IBM-er for bringing this document to my attention. It is seven page document titled: DB2 for i Frequently Asked Questions, and was released November 1, 2016.

The questions it answers are:

  1. What is DB2 for i?
  2. Do I need to buy DB2 for i?
  3. What level of IBM i supports DB2 for i?
  4. How does DB2 for I compare to DB2 for Linux/Unix/Windows?
  5. Is DB2 for i "optimized" for SAP?
  6. Do I need DB2 to connect my Linux, Unix, or Windows clients to DB2 for i?
  7. Does DB2 for i support data warehousing?
  8. Other database systems tout the ability to do tasks in parallel or to partition data for better performance. Can DB2 for i do that?
  9. DB2 for i DBAs are not readily available in the inventory of available skills in the marketplace. I can find lots of DBAs for other database products. Wouldn't an investment in one of these other databases be a better solution?
  10. Does DB2 for i require a DBA?
  11. What are DDS and RPG? Am I really using DB2 or a flat file system?
  12. Should I be moving from DDS and record level access to SQL?
  13. How big of a project would this be?
  14. Where can I go for help with DB2 for i?

I think all IBM i developers should read this document, to keep abreast of the latest developments in the operating system. RPG programmers should especially read questions 11, 12, and 13.

You can download the document, as a PDF, here.


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