#zIBM #Mainframes for IT Architects and Data Scientists

Posted by Frank Fillmore on March 15, 2016 under .NET, DB2 Connect, DB2 for z/OS, Federation, HTAP, IDAA, InfoSphere, Sidecar. Tags: , , , , , , , .

Our webinar delivered on March 11, 2016 outlining access to mainframe data specifically oriented to non-mainframers such as IT Architects and Data Scientists was a success.  The presentation materials are here: IBM z Systems – Mainframes – for IT Architects and Data Scientists

A recording of the webinar is found here.


Posted by Frank Fillmore on August 5, 2009 under .NET, DB2 Education, DB2 for z/OS. Tags: .

I am teaching a DB2 Connect Problem Determination and Performance class next week (CF632) and had the occasion to learn something nasty from a student who will be attending.  Steve W. told me that his organization is running DB2 Connect Application Server Edition v9.5 and DB2 for z/OS v8 New Function Mode (NFM).  In this environment his .NET applications didn’t behave properly.  They failed with timeouts forced by the new SQL Interrupt Support on z/OS.  The QUERYTIMEOUTINTERVAL parameter was set to 0 seconds (no timeout – wait for SQL statements to complete execution before returning to the application) in the db2cli.ini file, so that the application should have been able to run to completion.  Unfortunately, he learned that .NET applications don’t honor QUERYTIMEOUTINTERVAL.

Here are Steve’s two – unappetizing – choices:

  1. His shop can apply the new DB2 for z/OS DSNZPARM APAR (specified in the SQL Interrupt Support link above).  Because of the APAR dependencies, this is not a simple PTF and will require lots of regression testing.
  2. He can have his .NET coders modify their code to set the CommandTimeout parameter in *all* of the .NET applications.  Probably some testing involved in making those changes, too.

Ouch.  So DB2 for z/OS CM and NFM added SQL Interrupt processing as a default that you need to PTF to disable and the override isn’t supported in that little bitty Integrated Development Environment (IDE) .NET.  Has anyone else been bitten by this?  Can IBM come up with a zap to disable the SQL Interrupt Support or find a way for .NET to honor QUERYTIMEOUTINTERVAL?

More on the db2cli.ini in an earlier post.

Tutorial: Optimize existing .NET applications using pureQuery

Posted by Frank Fillmore on March 30, 2009 under .NET, Data Studio, DB2 Education, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for z/OS. Tags: , , .

Hot off the press from Kathy Zeidenstein and the Data Studio team!  Improve the performance and security for your existing .NET applications that access DB2 with pureQuery. 


IBM® Data Studio pureQuery Runtime 2.1 includes a new feature, called client optimization, that enables database administrators and developers to take advantage of the performance and security benefits of static SQL execution against IBM DB2® databases without having to modify their existing custom-developed or packaged .NET applications. In this tutorial, learn how to enable this capability for an existing .NET application.