Learn to Use XML with Databases and win Prizes!

June 13, 2008

The International DB2 Users Group (IDUG) recently announced the Search for the XML Superstar contest. IDUG is an independent, not-for-profit, user-run organization who promote the effective use of the DB2 family of products. Naturally the focus of the contest is to teach people about databases and the storage and retrieval of XML data.

The contest consists of education, followed by a series of quizzes to test your understanding. It then proceeds to a fully-blown programming contest. There is also a video contest. Cool prizes include laptops, Nintendo Wii, and the Segway i2 personal transport system!

If nothing else, this is a great opportunity to learn about XML and get some goodies at the same time. All details of the contest do not appear to be available as I write this post. The organizers say they will post them to the Channel DB2 Web site soon.

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One Response to “Learn to Use XML with Databases and win Prizes!”

  1. Brian Says:

    Conor:

    I met Inhi Cho at IDUG. She suggested I speak to you about DB2 and XML since that is an area I am interested in. I’m aware of the XML Superstar contest and am looking forward to participating. Kind of doubt that I’m the superstar, but want to learn more so it sounds good.

    One of the areas in which I’m interested is data modeling considerations now that an XML column type is permitted in DB2.

    Essentially, DB2 is now permitting a table or tables (at least from a data modeling perspective) to be implemented within a column via the XML column type.

    I’ve read a little bit about how XML should be used in table design, but this feature could lead to some very poor table designs if there aren’t some rules or guidelines concerning how it should be used. I’m interested in hearing more on this subject. I could post the thoughts that one other IT person I work with and myself have created.


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