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Notice to Members

July 10, 2000

To: Los Angeles Area DB2 Users

The next meeting of the Los Angeles Area DB2 User Group will be on Thursday, August 3, at the Sequoia Conference Center in Buena Park. Directions: The Sequoia Conference Center is located at 7530 Orangethorpe Avenue, Buena Park, CA. Telephone is (714) 670-9252. It is one block north of the 91 Freeway at the Beach Boulevard exit (same exit as for Knott’s Berry Farm). Refreshments will be served at 8:30 am; the presentations will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at about 12:00. The meeting will be held in the Princeton Room.



We are actively looking for new members to help out in our steering committee. We need some of your help to keep the group going with quality presentations and activities. If you think you might be interested and would like to know more about what’s involved, please give me a call – (562) 570-6317.


Fabian Pascal, What's Wrong with the (Database) Picture?


Fabian Pascal has a national and international reputation as an independent database industry analyst and critic, consultant, author and lecturer. For more than 13 years he held various analytical, management and analytical positions in the private and public sectors, was affiliated with Codd & Date, has taught and lectured at the business and academic levels, and advised vendor and user organizations on database technology and implementation. 

Mr. Pascal's clients include IBM, Census Bureau, CIA, Apple, Borland, Cognos, UCSF, and the IRS. He is co-founder and editor of DATABASE DEBUNKING, a web site dedicated to dispelling prevailing fallacies and misconceptions in the database industry, with C.J. Date a senior contributor. He has contributed extensively to most trade publications, including Database Programming and Design, DBMS, DataBased Advisor, Byte, InfoWorld and Computerworld. His third book, PRACTICAL ISSUES IN DATABASE MANAGEMENT - A GUIDE FOR THE THINKING PRACTITIONER  is forthcoming in June from Addison Wesley, and serves as text for a seminar bearing the same name. He can be reached at dbdebunk@firstsql.com.



What's Wrong with the (Database) Picture?

A lot -- if not most -- of what is being said or written about, or done in database management -- or whatever is left of it -- is irrelevant, misleading, or outright wrong. While this is to a degree true of computing in general, in the database field the problems are so acute that, claims to the contrary notwithstanding, knowledge and, consequently, technology, are actually regressing!

This presentation demonstrates some of the fallacies and misconceptions prevalent in the industry and their costly practical consequences. It provides an opportunity to test yourself on your ability to see through the former and avoid the latter in the following core areas:

  • "Unstructured" data and complex data types
  • Business rules and integrity enforcement
  • Keys
  • Duplicates
  • Normalization (and "denormalization")
  • Entity subtypes and supertypes
  • Data hierarchies and recursive queries
  • Redundancy
  • Quota queries
  • Missing information



  • September – Special Event – DB2, eCommerce, WWW, Watch for details

I look forward to seeing all of you at the next meeting. Please drop me a note or give me a call at 562 570-6317 if you wish any additional information.


Tom Glass
President -- Los Angeles Area DB2 User Group


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