by Markus Winand.

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It has been quiet here at the Use The Index, Luke blog lately. But that’s not because I’ve run out of topics to write about — in fact, my blog backlog seems to be ever growing — the recent silence is just because there are some more demanding projects happening at the moment.

First of all, Use the Index, Luke got a new mascot—not exactly breaking news. However, I’m currently preparing give-aways and merchandise products featuring the new mascot. Stay tuned.

Next, Use The Index, Luke gets translated to Japanese! The first two chapters have just been published. Insiders will remember that chapter 1 and 2 make up half of the book. The translation is done by Hayato Matsuura, Takuto Matsuu has a second look over it. As far as I can tell both are making a great job and I’d like to be the first to thank them! Please help spreading the word about this in the Japanese community.

Finally, I’m just adding DB2 as a first-class citizen to Use The Index, Luke because a client wanted to get my SQL performance training based on DB2 LUW Express-C (which is free, by the way). Like the Japanese translation, this work is not yet finished. However, the appendix on execution plans is already there. Again, please help spreading the word about this in the DB2 community.

That’s it. I just wanted to give you a short update.

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