Recent Developments for Data Models





The oral exams will take place on August 8, 9, 15, 16, 18; September 12, 19 and October 10, 11. Re-exams (only for those who fail in August or September), are possible in October. In February or March, there will be more exam days. The registration for the oral exams starts on July 21 at 10:00.


A new version of the submission tool for exercise sheet 5 allows to set the database port as a 4th parameter: java -jar rddm_submit5.jar sample db2inst1 db2inst1 50001 (50001 is the default port).



If your VirtualBox has no internet access, try to change the Devices->Network settings so that the network adapter is attached to NAT.



There will be two exercise lessons on Thursday, May 19. One at 08:15 in 48-453 (exercise sheet 4; instead of the lecture), and one at 15:30 in 48-208 (exercise sheet 5). On Thursday, June 30, there will be no exercise lesson, but two lecture units (same time slots, same rooms).


You can re-submit your quiz submission if you want to. Only the last submission counts.



There was a mistake on the first exercise sheet: The quiz-submission deadline is on April, 27.
We will discuss exercise sheet 1 and exercise sheet 2 (except the quiz) on Thursday, April 28. Due to the holiday, there will be no lecture and no exercise lesson on May, 05.



You can find this lecture in KIS and KIS Office by using the search function with the German lecture title "Neuere Entwicklungen". The lecture will be held in English.




Course Information


Chapter 0Overview


Chapter 1 - Large Values und Files


[1](chapter 2), [2, 3, 4], [5](chapter6)

Chapter 2 - UDTs and Composite Types



Chapter 3 - User-defined Routines and Object Behavior


[5](chapters 4, 8), [6], [7](chapters 6, 8)

Chapter 4Application Programs and Object-Relational Capabilities


[7](chapters 5, 9)

Chapter 5 - Multimedia Data


[5](chapter 10), [8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13]

Chapter 6 - Spatial Data


[5](chapter 10), [14]

Chapter 7 - Search Extensions for ORDBMS


see PDF, page 40

Chapter 8 - Data Analysis in SQL


[1](chapter 9), [5](chapter 7), [15]

Chapter 9 - Windows and Query Functions in SQL


[5](chapter 7)

Chapter 10 - Temporal Data



Chapter 11 - XML Data Modeling



Chapter 12 - XQuery


[17, 18, 19, 20, 24]

Chapter 13 - SQL/XML


[21, 22]

Chapter 14 - Data Streams


Chapter 15 - NoSQL Databases





Exercise 1


submission (deadline: 27.4. 23:59)

Exercise 2




submission (deadline: 5.5. 8:14)

Exercise 3



submission (deadline: 12.5. 8:14)

Exercise 4



submission (deadline: 19.5. 8:14)

Exercise 5



submission (deadline: 30.5. 8:14)

Exercise 6


submission (deadline: 2.6. 8:14)

Exercise 7



submission (deadline: 9.6. 8:14)

Exercise 8



submission (deadline: 16.6. 8:14)

Exercise 9


submission (deadline: 23.6. 8:14)

Exercise 10


submission (deadline: 30.6. 8:14)

Exercise 11



submission (deadline: 7.7. 8:14)

Exercise 12




submission (deadline: 14.7. 8:14)

Exercise 13



submission (deadline: 21.7. 8:14)


Oral-Exam Registration

Click here to register for the oral exam. If you want to register or deregister, please contact Heike Neu.

The registration starts on 2016-07-21 10:00. The duration of the exam is 45 minutes. It takes place in room 36-329.


There are two different types of assignments within the course: quizzes and hands-on exercises. To get admitted to the final exam, you have to achieve a 65% or above on graded material (i.e., 130 points).

  • There will be 13 exercise sheets; The first task on every sheet is a quiz or a hands-on exercise you have to solve; the other tasks are optional. We present and discuss the solutions in the weekly exercise session every Thursday afternoon.
  • Submit your solutions online; deadline: Thursday morning 08:14.
  • In each of overall 11 quizzes, you can get up to 10 points.
  • We drop the lowest quiz grade; so in total, you can get up to 100 points in quizzes.
  • On 2 of the 13 exercise sheets, there is no quiz, but a hands-on exercise with 50 points each. In these weeks, you practically try out the things you have learned on a real database system.
  • In sum, you can reach up to 200 points (11*10-10+2*50).

DB2 Virtual Box

You can watch a video of this tutorial here.

  • Install VirtualBox
  • Download the DB2 Virtualbox Image from our server (2.6 GB; only from the university network) or from the IBM website (registration required).
  • Doubleclick the Downloaded File to import the image. Add a CD-ROM drive to the VM.
  • It should show a 64-bit openSuse. If you see a 32, you have to enable Virtualization in your BIOS first.
  • Start the VM and follow the setup instructions. Set your keyboard layout, timezone and so on. Set all user's passwords to their username, e.g. root's password: root, db2inst1's password: db2inst1, and so on.
  • Log in with the user db2inst1 (password: db2inst1)
  • On your VirtualBox click Devices -> Insert Guest Additions CD image, insert the root password (root)
  • Reboot and log in again with db2inst1
  • Click Devices and activate the bidirectional shared clipboard.
  • Start the IBM Data Studio
  • On the left, go to the connection localhost -> db2inst1 -> SAMPLE, rightclick -> Properties -> Driver Properties -> Set username / password to db2inst1 / db2inst1, close the dialogue and doubleclick SAMPLE to connect to the database.
  • Click on the little white arrow on the left, next to "New", the yellow arrow and the blue boxes; then click New SQL Script
  • Make a SELECT query on the table customer.

PostGIS VirtualBox

Exercise sheet 10 is the second hands-on exercise. This time, you'll need PostgreSQL and the spatial-database extender PostGIS. You can install the software on your system using Linux packages or Windows installers. Alternatively, you can use our VirtualBox image.

Hints for the VirtualBox image:

  • username: tux, password: tux
  • root password: root
  • You can switch to the root shell with the command: su
  • The PostgreSQL server process can be started as root with the command: /etc/init.d/postgresql start
  • Start the PostgreSQL console with the command: psql -U postgres
  • Write a semicolon at the end of your SQL statements.

Unfortunately, copy and paste between your guest and host does not work. Instead, you can simply write your answers on a piece of paper ;-), or you open a, or you access the database from your host via ssh:

  • As root on the guest: tazpkg get-install openssh
  • Also as root: /etc/init.d/openssh start
  • VM settings: network - port forwarding, Host 19222, Guest 22
  • Now, you can connect with your host system, Linux: ssh tux@localhost -p 19222, on Windows use Putty.

Organizational matters

Course hours
Wednesday, 08:15 - 09:45, 48-453
Thursday, 08:15 - 09:45, 48-453
Beginning at April 20, 2016

Exercise hours
Thursday, 15:30 - 17:00, 48-208
Beginning at April 28, 2016

Contact person

Stefan Deßloch, 36/329, 205-3275

Johannes Schildgen, 36/340, 205-3281


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