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  • Paperback: 683 pages
  • Publisher: MC Press, LLC; Stg edition (12 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583470727
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583470725
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,244,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kakapo the parrot on 18 April 2008
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I have mixed feelings about this book. It fills an important gap in the market and as someone who uses DB2 daily I feel I should support any books on the subject. However, this book is let a down in a number of ways. Most obviously, there are many errors in the text. Often examples contain syntax errors - a particular issue for me trying to use it to understand xquery for the first time. I asked the publishers if they had a list of known errors in the text but they don't.

One of the big selling points of the book is that it contains sample questions at the end of each chapter and at the end of the book. Well, some of the sample questions are poorly phrased, and one simply gives the wrong answer - including an explanation justifying the incorrect answer. Also, the questions at the end of the book are bulked out by the questions already posed at the end of each chapter, so there are significantly fewer questions than you would imagine.

Much of the text is lifted directly from the IBM web site, so if you go looking for an alternative explanation of a subject that you find hard to follow, you just get the same words from IBM. To me, a significant reason for paying for a technical book is to get an alternate explanation of a subject.

You can get 7 pdf documents from IBM for free that cover the same material. If you're on budget you might be better off using these.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. W. R. Mcconnell on 6 July 2010
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I bought this after half-believing the recommendations on how good it is.

I read it, made sure I understood the questions in each section, did the exam and got 86%.

Cannot recommend this book enough.
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Good book that gives basic understanding of DB2 and the use of DB2. I needed a certificate in my work and this is a good ABC of how to get it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good, but not excellent 31 July 2010
By Max Zinal - Published on Amazon.com
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Although this book helped me a lot to pass IBM exam 730, I must note that:

(a) There is a small number of unpleasant errors in the book, including at least
two incorrect answers to sample test questions and several mistakes in sample
test questions themselves.

(b) When taking the exam, I saw at least three questions which were completely
out of scope of that book.

So use with care.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Very good to apply in Real-time, Just not enuf to clear the toughest version of Test! 21 Dec. 2007
By Umang R. Doshi - Published on Amazon.com
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I appeared today for my exam and felt like i was hit by storm after carefully reading this book thrice. I certainly agree its a very good resource for understanding concept, but not completely informative to clear the exam. I would rather want to say that the questions i appeared for were not the the typical ones, rather had some tough tone to it. Whichever way, my advise would be carry few other valuable resources and try practicing as much as possible before your actual test.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Buy it, learn it, and you will pass!!! 13 July 2007
By Torrey Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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At first I was using a Study Guide given from the IBM website and was caught off guard with topics I haven't seen before when I took the online test exam. After seeing and purchasing this book... WOW! It had it all. I would not have passed the 730 exam without it. Buy it now if you need to pass the fundamentals exam.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Helped me pass the cert test - lots of errors tho 16 Sept. 2013
By J. Muir - Published on Amazon.com
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The good: This is the best book out there for certification study. I went thru it 3 times until I really had mastered the material. I also used the IBM on-line certification prep material. The REALLY nice thing about this book is the sample questions. There are sample questions for each chapter plus there's a huge (way bigger than what you'll actually encounter at cert test time) sample test at the end. IBM's online study guide does NOT have ANY sample questions. The section describing the testing software is really helpful too. Much better to know that going in, rather than having to figure that out at testing time.

The bad: Lots of mistakes in the book. Some mistakes in the chapter contents but mostly mistakes in the sample questions. For example, one of the sample tests has the same question twice. One of the sample questions has exactly the same answer choice twice. On one sample question, none of the answers are correct. Some of the sample questions have the wrong answer. Some of the sample questions have an incorrect question. But if you really understand the material and question the questions, you'll catch those and even learn something from it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
excellent book 11 Jun. 2007
By Igor Basmanov - Published on Amazon.com
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This book I found as good book for certification (exam 000-730) on analogue book DB 2 v8.1 (700). The book is easy for understanding (inc. Beginners).
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