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32BitsOnline: IBM's DB2: Big Blue meets Open Source

Feb 15, 2000, 16:31 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Corey Huinker)

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"One sure sign that IBM is serious about Linux showed up on my doorstep. A thirteen pound package containing CDs and manuals for DB2. Not just for one OS, but for Linux (x86 only), OS/2, AIX, Solaris, and Windows NT...."

"DB2 offers a basic set of datatypes with no major omissions, and a few unusual ones thrown on top. Programmers familiar with other databases will have no trouble adjusting to DB2's selection. Fixed and variable length strings are available, as well as a few numeric types, BLOBs (fields that can store unstructured information that can be several megabytes in size) are fully supported. DB2 allows for subtyping, which is the creation of a new datatype which mimics another datatype in terms of storage size, but can have its behavior customized through the use of CHECK constraints, which can restrict the type of values which make it into the field...."

"DB2 trys hard to be a do-everything database. It does not, however, insist on being the only database in town. There is a surprising amount of support for interaction with other databases."

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