Naming conventions sometimes instigate conflict within the world of DB2, especially when it comes to views. But, really, it should be very easy. Just always remember, that a view is a logical table. It consists of rows and columns, exactly the same as a DB2 table. A DB2 view can (syntactically) be used in SQL SELECT, UPDATE, DELETE, and INSERT statements in the same way that a DB2 table can. Furthermore, a view can be used functionally the same as a DB2 table (with certain limitations on updating as outlined in my article).
Therefore, shouldn't it stand to reason that views should be held to the same naming conventions as are used for tables? (As an aside, the same can be said for DB2 aliases and synonyms).
End users querying views don't need to know whether they are accessing a view or a table. That is the whole purpose of views. Why then, should we enforce an arbitrary naming standard, such as putting a V in the first or last position of a view name, on views?
DBAs and technical analysts, those individuals who have a need to differentiate between tables and views, can utilize the DB2 Catalog to determine which objects are views and which objects are tables.
Most users don't care whether they are using a table, view, synonym, or alias. They simply want to access the data. And, in a relational database, tables, views, synonyms, and aliases all logically appear to be identical to the end user: collections of rows and columns.
There are certain operations that cannot be performed on certain types of views, but the end users who need to know this will generally be sophisticated users. For example, very few shops allow end users to update any table they want using a report writer or query tool (e.g. QMF, SPUFI, etc.). Updates, deletions, and insertions (the operations which are not available to some views) are generally coded into application programs and executed in batch or via online transactions. Most end users need to query tables dynamically.
Now you tell me, which name will your typical end user remember more readily when he needs to access his marketing contacts: MKT_CONTACT or VMKTCT01?