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DB2 for z/OS fundamentals course


This course presents a detailed description of the DB2 system on z/OS: what it is, what it is intended for, and how it can be used. Rather than just giving a description of the system, the course will also deal with how it relates to other RDBMS, and topics like the DB2 catalog, performance, authorisations, and integrity.

In addition, the course teaches how the system is used in practice. At the end of the course the participants will not only have the necessary theoretical knowledge of DB2 as an RDBMS, they will also have had sufficient practical training to start working with DB2 in an independent way.

Together with the course SQL and relational databases fundamentals, this course forms a well-balanced whole, in such a manner that the participants have a 'complete overview' of DB2 as RDBMS after having followed this course.

Main topics

  • Introduction: DB2 environment; client-server model
  • Relational system: position within the relational model
  • SQL data definition language (DDL): the DB2 objects (tables, tablespaces, indexes, views, ...): characteristics, creation, use, and parameters
  • SQL embedded in a program: development cycle, precompilation, compilation, BIND, plans and packages
  • The DB2 catalog
  • Security and authorization
  • Integrity, locking
  • Performance: basic principles, the EXPLAIN function

Intended for

Analysts, programmers, and database administrators who will be using DB2; and anybody wanting to gain a thorough knowledge of a relational database system.


The participants must have insight in relational database systems and they must be able to write SQL select statements. This means, knowledge on the level of the course SQL and relational databases fundamentals, courses who precede this course. You can test for yourself to see if you have enough background by filling out the online self-test.

Some knowledge of ISPF/PDF (cf. course ISPF/PDF basics) and of COBOL, PL/I, or SQL PL (cf. courses COBOL programming - part 1, PL/I programming: fundamentals course, or SQL PL database programming) is advisable.

Training method

Classroom instruction with exercises (about 50% of the time).

Course leader

Koen De Backer, Peter Vanroose, Kris Van Thillo.


3 days.


You can enrol by clicking on a date
datedur.lang.  location  price
25 Sep3NWoerden  (NL)1425 EUR  (exempt from VAT) 
18 Oct3?Leuven  (BE)1425 EUR  (excl. VAT) 

Global score

4.1/5 (based on 328 evaluations)


Excellent course. (, )
Veel info om te verwerken. (, )
goede algemene oefeningen die starten van dezelfde basis (, )
Zeer tevreden (, )
Prettig en inzicht gevend. (, )
assez rapide mais un excellent niveau (, )
Voldoende mogelijkheid om met de stof te oefenen. Verhouding theorie/praktijk is prettig. (, )
Heel interessant, maar ik had iets meer tijd kunnen gebruiken om de leerstof die we in de les gezien hebben, te verwerken (mss extra oefendag). Wel een van de boeiendste vakken uit het opleidingsaanbod. (, )
Heel interessant, veel concepten op korte tijd. (, )
Bon cours, un peu plus difficile à suivre que les autres car moins illustré par des exemples pratiques mais tout de même fort utile (, )

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