Yesterday I posted a brief piece about the new version of Db2 for z/OS that is now generally available: Db2 13 for z/OS is Here! It is always an exciting time when a new version of Db2 for z/OS is unleashed on the world and one of the first things I recommend is to start reading the manuals to see what all is there!

I like having the PDF versions of the manuals on my hard drive, so with each new version, I start by downloading them! With that in mind, here is the link to the IBM page that hosts the PDF manuals for Db2 13 for z/OS

Of course, over time, this documentation will be modified. Therefore, it is a good idea to be aware that subsequent modifications may render the versions on your hard drive inaccurate. You can always replace them periodically if you wish… perhaps when you adopt a new function level make plans to downloads the latest iterations of the manuals. 

There is also a great, new redbook on Db2 13 for z/OS that you should download and read. It is titled IBM Db2 13 for z/OS and More, and it, along with the What’s New manual, can serve as a nice introduction to this new version.

A new manual that I need to mention is the SQL Data Insights Users Guide. If you read my earlier post (Db2 13 for z/OS is Here!) then you know that SQL Data Insights is a new Db2 13 capability that combines AI/deep learning with Db2 for z/OS and IBM Z technologies to deliver SQL-based semantic queries on tables and views. It is probably one of the most exciting new things in this new version…

So if you work with Db2 for z/OS don’t delay… download those new manuals and start learning what new wonders Db2 13 will offer up!