Data-as-a-Service: the REST Interface to Db2 for z/OS

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Session title: Data-as-a-Service: the REST Interface to Db2 for z/OS

Session abstract: Non-DBMS-specific SQL interfaces such as JDBC and ODBC have been helpful for developers, enabling them to write code that accesses relational database management systems without having to customize that code for a specific relational DBMS; nowadays, however, a growing number of developers want a data-access interface that provides a still-higher level of abstraction with regard to the particulars of a specific data-serving platform. REST – Representational State Transfer – is an architectural style that enables the use of such an interface, and Db2 for z/OS has a built-in REST interface. In this session, attendees will learn of how Db2 for z/OS REST services are created, how Db2 processes REST calls, how IBM z/OS Connect fits in the picture, and how one might determine whether the SQL path or the REST path to Db2 would be the best fit for a given application.

Speaker biography: Robert Catterall is a Senior Consulting Db2 for z/OS Specialist. He started his IT career with IBM in 1982, and worked throughout the 1990s as a member of the Company’s DB2 for z/OS National Technical Support team. From 2000 to 2007, Robert worked as a database technology strategist for CheckFree (now part of Fiserv). After working for three years as an independent DB2 consultant, he rejoined IBM in 2010. Robert is a past President of IDUG, a member of IDUG’s Speakers Hall of Fame, and was one of IBM’s inaugural Information Champions. He presents frequently at conferences, and blogs about DB2 for z/OS at