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DB2 Interview Questions, Answers, and Explanations: DB2 Database Certification Review

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DB2 Interview Questions, Answers, and Explanations: DB2 Database Certification Review

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Nov 6, 2011


Because DB2 is is known for its broad spectrum of functionality, the DB2 specialist must be comfortable handling the diverse situations that arise when managing such a system. No other guide walks the administrator through the common challenges to be faced on the job like DB2 Interview Questions, Answers, and Explanations.
Use this book to evaluate your candidate or to prepare yourself for the interview. Either way, this guide will keep you current! No other guide aids the administrator in preparation for actual complications with system maintenance and troubleshooting quite like this one — from the perspective of the administrator. More than just a walkthrough for ‘dummies,’ this guide explains the highest lever of user knowledge to help you secure that administrator title.

Key interview topics include:

• Daily administration tasks
• System performance monitoring
• DB2 integration
• System backup
• Common performance errors

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Table of Contents

Question 1: Finding out the total number of rows in a DB2 table

Question 2: Eliminating duplicate values in DB2 SELECT

Question 3: Selecting a row using indexes in DB2

Question 4: Finding the maximum value in a column

Question 5: Retrieving the first 5 characters of FIRSTNAME column

Question 6: Aggregate functions

Question 7: MAX on a CHAR column

Question 8: SQL statement yields inaccurate results

Question 9: Concatenate the FIRSTNAME and LASTNAME

Question 10: The use of VALUE function

Question 11: UNION and UNION ALL

Question 12: Restriction on using UNION in SQL

Question 13: BETWEEN and IN in the WHERE clause

Question 14: BETWEEN is inclusive of the range values

Question 15: Use of LIKE and its wildcard characters in WHERE clause

Question 16: Use of LIKE statement

Question 17: Meaning of underscore in the LIKE statement

Question 18: GROUP BY and HAVING clause

Question 19: list of employees who are not assigned to any project

Question 20: result of query if no rows are selected

Question 21: SELECT is not preferred in SQL programs

Question 22: Ways to see the table definitions

Question 23: Cursor and its use

Question 24: Retrieve rows from a DB2 table in SQL

Question 25: Meaning of Dedicated and Pool Threads

Question 26: Specify and use a cursor in COBOL program

Question 27: Function of OPEN CURSOR


Question 29: more than one cursor open in a program

Question 30: COMMIT and the cursor

Question 31: leaving the cursor open after issuing a COMMIT

Question 32: Definition of a VARCHAR field

Question 33: the physical storage length of DB2 data types

Question 34: COBOL picture clause of DB2 data types

Question 35: COBOL picture clause for DB2 column

Question 36: meaning of DCLGEN

Question 37: Contents of a DCLGEN

Question 38: Use of DCLGEN

Question 39: Use of DECLARE TABLE in DCLGEN

Question 40: Pre-compile of DB2-COBOL program

Question 41: Typical DB2 batch program executed

Question 42: SQLCA fields

Question 43: Updated rows after update statement

Question 44: Meaning of EXPLAIN

Question 45: Things needed to do EXPLAIN

Question 46: Storage location of EXPLAIN

Question 47: Meaning of EXPLAIN with MATCHCOLS = 0

Question 48: EXPLAIN in SQL statement

Question 49: Simulate the EXPLAIN in SQL statement in SPUFI/QMF

Question 50: Possible isolation levels

Question 51: difference between CS and RR isolation levels


Question 53: Use of ISOLATION LEVEL

Question 54: Locking levels

Question 55: Determining lock size in DB2

Question 56: Disadvantages of PAGE level lock

Question 57: LOCK TABLE on a view

Question 58: Lock escalation

Question 59: Locks available

Question 60: Function of ALTER

Question 61: Meaning of DBRM and PLAN

Question 62: Use of ACQUIRE/ RELEASE in BIND

Question 63: The access path

Question 64: Dropped index in PLAN

Question 65: Content of PACKAGES

Question 66: The advantages of using a PACKAGE

Question 67: Meaning of COLLECTION

Question 68: The SQL codes

Question 69: Printing the output of an SQL statement from SPUFI

Question 70: Retrieving nth row

Question 71: Command to reorganize indexes

Question 72: Meaning of dynamic SQL

Question 73: Determining the access path for dynamic SQL

Question 74: Causes of deteriorating performance in dynamic SQL

Question 75: DB2 store NULL physically

Question 76: Retrieval of data from a null column

Question 77: Picture clause of the null indicator variable

Question 78: Meaning of null indicator with value –1, 0, and -2

Question 79: Inserting a record in a null column

Question 80: Function of RUNSTATS

Question 81: Function of RUNSTATS

Question 82: Example of statistics collected during RUNSTATS

Question 83: Meaning and function of REORG

Question 84: Meaning of IMAGECOPY

Question 85: Function of IMAGECOPY

Question 86: Meaning of COPY PENDING

Question 87: Meaning of CHECK PENDING

Question 88: Function of QUIESCE

Question 89: Clustering index

Question 90: Number of clustering indexes defined for a table

Question 91: Diff. between primary key & unique index

Question 92: SQL code -922

Question 93: SQL code -811

Question 94: SQL code of -818

Question 95: updating views

Question 96: updating a view of two or more tables

Question 97: 4 environments to access DB2

Question 98: Meaning of inner and outer joins

Question 99: Meaning of FREEPAGE and PCTFREE

Question 100: function of simple, segmented and partitioned table spaces

Question 101: meaning of filter factor

Question 102: meaning

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