This is a great day for those of us who love DB2, as DB2 Express-C 9.7 has just been released. As mentioned before, this is the best DB2 ever, and an extremely important release.
To learn more about what’s new in this release, please check out the recording of our latest webinar:
If you run Linux, Unix or Windows, download it while it’s hot.
DB2 9.7 on the Cloud
Another great aspect of this release is that for the first time ever, DB2 has been released both as a product and as a deployment on the Cloud. If you pop over to RightScale, you can get a trial account for free and should see DB2 Express-C 9.7 on both CentOS and Ubuntu within the partner catalog. RightScale has been an amazing partner and they really do wonders to simplify Cloud Computing. In ten minutes time you can be up and running on the Cloud, thanks to the templates provided.
DB2 support for Django
But the good times don’t stop there, we are also announcing the first official release of the Django adapter for DB2. It sounded crazy when I first proposed the idea within IBM back in 2006, but now it’s a reality.
You can download the .tar.gz archive from the Google Code homepage for the project, or simply by clicking here. This version fully supports the Django 1.0.2 API. For instructions on how to install it, please read the Getting started with the IBM DB Django adapter guide. The current version supports DB2 for Linux, Unix, Windows and MAC OS X, version 8.2 or higher (9.5 FP2 or higher for MAC OS X). In the future, IBM Cloudscape, Apache Derby, Informix (IDS) and both System i & z/OS will be supported.
ibm_db gem updated to 1.1
I’ll conclude this DB2-centric post with a smaller, but still interesting announcement. The ibm_db gem has been updated to version 1.1. This release includes support for ActiveRecord’s QueryCache mechanism, enhanced support for BigInt (and BigSerial), support for rename_column (requires DB2 9.7), parametrization of the timestamp datatype (requires DB2 9.7), and a few fixes and performance enhancements as well. It is recommended that you upgrade to this version.
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Antonio Cangiano is a Software Developer and AI Evangelist at IBM. He authored Ruby on Rails for Microsoft Developers (Wrox, 2009) and Technical Blogging ( The Pragmatic Bookshelf, 2012, 2019). He is also the Marketing Lead for Cognitive Class, an educational initiative which he helped grow from zero to over 1 Million students. You can follow him on Twitter.