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Learn to Secure Apps in Vancouver, and Calgary SMAC Meetup

Lately I have been travelling a fair bit throughout Western Canada for various IBM events. Two such events are planned for the second half of July, so I thought I’d share them here. Vancouver You might remember how I mentioned the creation of a Vancouver SMAC (Social, Mobile, Analytics, and Cloud) Meetup. We had our first meetup on the recently announced Bluemix in June and it went really well. The second...

IBM Is Offering Free Bluemix Training Days

Recently IBM announced a really cool development platform called Bluemix. You can try it out for free if you sign up here. I've mentioned it here before, but the idea is that you get to develop applications in the cloud using IBM and third party-provided Cloud hosted components. It's a PaaS, much like Red Hat OpenShift and Heroku. IBM is helping developers embrace the platform by providing free training....

Join My Vancouver SMAC Meetup for People in Tech

My team at IBM recently launched SMAC technology meetups in a few large cities across Canada. This catchy acronym stands for Social, Mobile, Analytics, and Cloud. The gist of it is that these meetups are hubs for developers and technologists who are interested in cool, innovative technologies related to Cloud computing, big data, analytics, mobile, wearable devices, social media, and so on (and of course IBM’s...

Take BLU Acceleration for Cloud for a spin

In the latest edition of DB2 (version 10.5,) IBM introduced a series of new technologies to facilitate high-performance analytics work. They branded it DB2 with BLU Acceleration, due to the multiple approaches employed to improve speed of use and processing. Beyond the cool name and marketing, there is actually quite a bit of interesting technology that makes enterprise data warehousing features available to...

Join the Upcoming IBM Big Data Developer Day in Boston

Following the success of the first Big Data Developer Day back in June, IBM has organized another Big Data Developer Day. This one will take place on October 10, 2012 in Boston. If you’re in the area, I highly recommend that you register and attend the free full-day event. You’ll learn more about Hadoop, Social Media analytics, real-time text analytics, and other cool technologies that IBM has been...

Two Big Data Events in Silicon Valley Next Week

Yahoo!, Hortonworks, and IBM are three companies that are heavily invested in Big Data. If you’re in Silicon Valley next week, you should check out a couple of events that they’re a part of. 2012 Hadoop Summit on June 13th-14th Big Data Developer Day on June 15h The first is organized by Yahoo! and Hortonworks; the latter by IBM. The Hadoop Summit is the bigger event, and even if it’s not free,...

New jobs available at IBM in Toronto

My team is making three new programming roles available (specifically in Markham, Ontario, Canada): Two 16-month internships for students A 6-month contract (renewable) Both the internship and the contract role have a strong web development foundation (PHP and/or Ruby on Rails preferred) as their main requirement. The contract role also requires that you are legally allowed to work in Canada. For the internships...

New Release of the Ruby Driver and Rails Adapter for DB2

The API team at IBM recently released a new update for the ibm_db gem, which includes both the Ruby driver and the Rails adapter for DB2 (and Informix). This coincides with the release of the latest major upgrade to DB2 LUW (Linux/Unix/Windows), which is now up to version 10.1. ibm_db 2.5.10 adds support for Rails 3.2 and fixes a few minor bugs that have been reported by the community. New features such as Time...

DB2 Express-C 10 is now out

IBM has just released version 10.1 of DB2 Express-C for Linux, Unix, and Windows. This is a major upgrade that boasts a number of additions and improvements. The already excellent performance has been improved further (including XML performance), and the free edition now takes advantage of up to 4 GB of RAM (but you can have as much RAM on the server as you wish). As usual, there are no limits on database size,...

Download DB2 Express-C 9.7.5

IBM recently released a new edition of DB2 Express-C, the free edition of their powerful commercial database. You can grab DB2 Express-C 9.7.5 for Linux, Unix, and Windows here. This new version includes support for Oracle compatibility (which was previously only available for commercial editions), and a few other features, including an enhanced db shell known as CLP+. If you downloaded DB2 in the past, take this...

The Hadoop Programming Challenge Has Been Extended

In the past I’ve mentioned the Hadoop Programming Challenge, which is organized by Big Data University. After quickly registering and taking a free online course on Hadoop, you have the option to use your newly acquired skills to participate in a programming challenge. The submission deadline has been extended to Monday, October 10th, 11:59pm PST, so there’s still time for you participate, if you...

Learn Hadoop and Get a Chance to Go to Vegas

This is a heads up for my readers who are interested in Big Data. Follow these steps to learn Hadoop and get a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas: Register with Big Data University. Enroll and complete the free Hadoop Fundamentals I course. You’ll receive a certificate of completion and an invitation to partecipate in the first Hadoop Programming Challenge. On October 3rd, three participants to this...

Speeding up queries by a factor of 100 or more with DB2 Text Search

During a recent Rails project at IBM we had to deal with a large table consisting of customers. The table is made up of legacy enterprise data, and contains close to a million records. Among many other fields, the table Customers includes a column name defined as VARCHAR. name is used to store company names. One of the requirements for the project was to implement a Google Suggest-like feature. That is, when...

IBM is Looking for a University Student with PHP skills in Toronto

My team is looking for a student for a paid internship, which will last for up to 18 months. The candidate should be legally permitted to work in Canada, as the location for this internship will be the IBM Toronto Software Lab in Markham, Ontario. PHP is a required skill for this position. If you have experience with cloud computing (Amazon EC2), relational databases, open source contribution, and/or Moodle, that...

Installing Python, Django, and DB2 on Ubuntu 11.04

Note: This is the Python version of the Ruby guide I just published. In this brief tutorial I’ll show you how to create a complete Python and Django setup for DB2 on Ubuntu. By following my step-by-step instructions, you’ll be able to install the following components: Python easy_install Django DB2 Express-C 9.7.4 The official Python driver, dbi module, and Django adapter for DB2 Installing Python and...

Installing Ruby on Rails and DB2 on Ubuntu 11.04

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a complete Ruby on Rails setup for DB2 on Ubuntu. Following my step-by-step instructions, you’ll be able to install the following components: Ruby 1.8.7 Rubygems Ruby on Rails DB2 Express-C 9.7.4 The official Ruby driver and Rails adapter for DB2 Installing Ruby We are going to install Ruby 1.8.7 using the Debian packages that are available in the default...

Download DB2 Express-C 9.7.4

Last week IBM released DB2 Express-C 9.7.4. This new version of the free flagship database by IBM mostly focuses on enhancements rather than new features, as you can read in this developerWorks article by my colleague Raul, “What’s new with DB2 Express-C 9.7.4“. What’s more interesting to me is that IBM has implemented a completely new full text search engine known as DB2 Text Search, which...

Running Radiant CMS on DB2 in the Cloud

In this article I will show you how to set up and run Radiant CMS on DB2 Express-C in the Cloud. Before getting started, let’s define each of these components: Radiant CMS is a popular, easy to use open source Content Management System (CMS) that’s written in Ruby on Rails. DB2 Express-C is a fully functional, free edition of DB2 which can be used in production for commercial purposes. Cloud, in this particular...

Try the next version of DB2 today

IBM has been working hard to create a new, substantial upgrade of DB2. Thanks to the Early Experience program, you can now test drive the recently released Alpha 4 in the cloud for free. Despite its name, it’s a pretty solid release, so I wholeheartedly invite you to try it out. To apply for the early experience program, all you have to do is fill out this form. If you’d like to run DB2 on your own...

DB2 University goes live

DB2 University is a website that’s aimed at providing (mostly free) database courses. Its public beta went live today. While the focus is clearly on the free DB2 Express-C — as the name implies — the initial lineup of free courses already includes “SQL Fundamentals I”, which is a course that’s worth following regardless of your database of choice. Feel free to watch the intro...

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