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A “schema” in DB2 refers to a qualifying name used to group objects together within a
database.All tables have a fully qualified name consisting of its schema name and the
table name. If the schema we choose is, say, “Finance” and the tables we create are called
Employee and Department, then the fully qualified name for each table is
“Finance.Employee” and “Finance.Department”. Schemas allow us to create 2 tables
with the same name in the same database.

Setting Up DB2
IBM DB2 Setup-Tools  Configuration Assistant
1. Select Communications Protocal  TCP/IP
2. Specifiy Communication parameters, Port 50000
3. Database Name/ Database Alias  Db2T

Command Line DB2

DB2 has a command window (db2cmd) which is similar to an MS DOS window.
To start the DB2 command window choose IBM DB2­>Command Window from the
Start menu (there may be another level of menu before the Command Window). You
should see the MS-DOS-like window appear.
To see what databases are available for your use type:
db2 list database directory
This should return a listing of databases that looks something like this (your list will be
much longer):
Note that all commands that you type in the DB2 Command window begin with the
keyword "db2", thus sending the command to the db2 process for interpretation. If you
wish, you can enter the command line interpretor by typing db2 <return>. This provides
you with a prompt at which you can type commands on the command line without
prefacing them with "db2"

Command Editor
Use the Command Editor to generate, edit, execute, and manipulate SQL statements, IMS
commands, and DB2 commands; to work with the resulting output; and to view a
graphical representation of the access plan for explained SQL statements.

To run commands and SQL statements:

1. To open an embedded Command Editor, expand the Control Center object tree
until you find a DB2 database. Right-click the object and select Query from the
pop-up menu. A Command Editor tile opens in the Control Center.
2. To open a stand-alone Command Editor from the Start menu, select Programs --
> IBM DB2 --> [DB2 copy name] --> Command Line Tools --> Command
3. Select a target database to connect to. Targets that currently have connections or
have had connections during the current session are listed in the Target drop-
down list. If your target is not listed, click Add and select a target from those
available on the Specify Target window. You can also type the connect to
database statement.
4. In the top pane, type the commands or SQL statements that you want to execute.
5. You can select commands and statements previously executed in this session
from the History window. Click to open the History window.
6. You can execute commands and statements stored in a file. Click to locate the
file using the file browser Open window.
7. You can specify the character to be used as the termination character for your
statements and commands in the Statement termination character field. This
termination character will override the character that you may have specified in
the Tool Settings notebook.
8. For scripts containing CREATE PROCEDURE or CREATE TRIGGER
statements, it is suggested that a termination character other than a semicolon be
used, as the body of these statements might themselves contain one or more
9. When stored procedures are using the same character as a delimiter, as this
would cause execution problems.
10. Click to execute the commands or statements.
12. View the execution results. Command results are displayed in the output area of
the Commands page, while SQL results are returned on the Query Results page
13. Optional: The results from the most recently executed SQL statement are
displayed on the Query Results page. To change the value in any cell, highlight
the value and modify it. If the Automatically commit updates check box is
selected, changes made to a cell are committed immediately when focus shifts
off its row. If the check box is not selected, then click Commit to commit your
changes, or click Rollback to rollback any uncommitted changes.
14. You can also add, modify, and delete rows in the table.
15. Optional: You can save your commands and statements in a file. Click to
specify a file using the file browser Save As window.

1. A comment in a SQL statement starts with two dashes and goes to the end of the line:
2. DB2 SQL does not come with a designated statement delimiter (terminator), though a
semicolon is often used.
A table is an organized set of columns and rows. The number, type, and relative position,
of the various columns in the table is recorded in the DB2 catalogue.
A view is another way to look at the data in one or more tables (or other views). For
example,a user of the following view will only see those rows (and certain columns) in
the EMPLOYEE table where the salary of a particular employee is greater than or equal
to the average
salary for their particular department.
CREATE VIEW employee_view AS
SELECT a.empno, a.firstnme, a.salary, a.workdept
FROM employee a
WHERE a.salary >=
(SELECT AVG(b.salary)
FROM employee b
WHERE a.workdept = b.workdept);

DB2 Data Types

DB2 comes with the following standard data types:
• SMALLINT, INT, and BIGINT (i.e. integer numbers).
• FLOAT, REAL, and DOUBLE (i.e. floating point numbers).
• DECIMAL and NUMERIC (i.e. decimal numbers).
• CHAR, VARCHAR, and LONG VARCHAR (i.e. character values).
• GRAPHIC, VARGRAPHIC, and LONG VARGRAPHIC (i.e. graphical values).
• BLOB, CLOB, and DBCLOB (i.e. binary and character long object values).
• DATE, TIME, and TIMESTAMP (i.e. date/time values).
• DATALINK (i.e. link to external object).
• XML (i.e. contains well formed XML data).
DB2 Special Registers
A special register is a DB2 variable that contains information about the state of the system.

To see all schemas 


The fetch first clause limits the cursor to retrieving "n" rows.

CAST Expression

The CAST is expression is used to convert one data type to another

CASE Expression

CASE expressions enable one to do if-then-else type processing inside of SQL statements.


,sex AS sx ====================
END AS sexx FROM employee
WHERE lastname LIKE 'J%'