Conference Material from 2018

There have been quite a number of events throughout 2018 that have had IBM MQ content delivered at them. I hope you were able to attend at least one. The presentation material is online for many of these events, and download links are shown below where we are aware of them.


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Nostalgia: MQ’s 20th Birthday Party

As we approach the date for MQ’s 25th birthday at the end of this month, I want to provide you with some nostalgia from earlier birthday parties as MQ was growing up. I hope some of you recognise the parties that you attended, what fun we had.

Here are a few photos from MQ’s 20th Birthday Party.

The celebration for MQ’s 20th birthday was held at the IMPACT conference in Las Vegas on 1st May 2013. There was an evening drink reception with Hor D’Oeuvres and of course a birthday cake!

20th Birthday Invite

John McLean, who was at that time VP for WebSphere Connectivity Development, gave a speech about the importance of MQ and wishing MQ a Happy Birthday; then he cut the delicious looking chocolate cake.

MQ's 20th Birthday Cake

Were you there? Did you help celebrate MQ’s last major milestone?

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Nostalgia: MQ’s 15th Birthday Party

As we approach the date for MQ’s 25th birthday at the end of this month, I want to provide you with some nostalgia from earlier birthday parties as MQ was growing up. I hope some of you recognise the parties that you attended, what fun we had.

This is the party report from MQ’s 15th Birthday Party.

WebSphere MQ is 15 years old

On Wednesday 13th August [2008], at the SHARE Conference in San Jose, the MQ Project held a birthday party for WebSphere MQ to celebrate its 15th birthday. The theme of the party was MQ as your flexible messaging backbone.

All Birthday Party guests received a T-shirt, a WebSphere MQ pin-badge and a copy of the June/July issue of the z/Journal magazine containing the article “WebSphere MQ: A 15-Year Evolution to Today’s System z” [which can be read online here].

Twister

Twister to demonstrate your flexible messaging backbone

During the first half of the SHARE week, the MQ booth in the SHARE Technology Exposition was giving out quizzes for SHARE attendees to complete. The highest scoring completed quiz was award a prize, a $50 SHARE book-store voucher, at the birthday party. The winner of the quiz was Bruce Reinhardt.

Playing to the party theme there were games of Twister where the players represented the flexible messaging backbone joining up the red circles (transactions), to the blue circles (web services) and so on. Some players exhibited more flexibility than others!

Limbo Dancing

Limbo Dancing to demonstrate your flexible messaging backbone

There was also limbo dancing with a prize for the person who was able to demonstrate the most flexibility by limbo dancing as low as you can go. The winner of the limbo dancing prize, a $50 SHARE book-store voucher, was Bruce Reinhardt.

MQ snake computer game

High Score Table

MQ Snake Game High Score Table

Continuing on the theme of flexible backbones there was also an MQ Snake computer game, where you moved your snake, drawn as a flexible backbone round the screen consuming envelopes (representing messages) and attempting to avoid hitting your own tail. The MQ Snake game used many of the features in MQ Version 7, including publish/subscribe to move the messages about under the covers allowing all games to receive a copy of the high score table and, when playing in multi-player mode – to send around the messages detailing the positions of each snake to the other players. The winner of the MQ Snake game with an outstanding set of scores filling the top four places in the high score table was Jim Areges. Jim was awarded a $50 SHARE book-store voucher.

Snake Game

How many messages can your snake eat?

Birthday Cake

Once the party was in full swing we cut the MQ Birthday Cake and everyone had a slice, some had two or three!

15th Birthday Cake

15th Birthday Cake

The SHARE MQ Project would like to say a big Thank-you to all those that helped to organise the Birthday Party. A great time was had by all.

Nostalgia: MQ’s 10th Birthday Party

As we approach the date for MQ’s 25th birthday at the end of this month, I want to provide you with some nostalgia from earlier birthday parties as MQ was growing up. I hope some of you recognise the parties that you attended, what fun we had.

We start with the party report from MQ’s 10th Birthday Party.

WebSphere MQ’s 10th Birthday

MQ 10 year Logo
MQ’s 10th Birthday was celebrated in high style at the SHARE conference in Long Beach, California (http://www.share.org) this week [24th February 2004]. The party was held as part of a week long program of MQ and WBI sessions.

Anthony O'Dowd

Anthony O’Dowd

The session began with a brief history of MQSeries and WebSphere MQ, respectfully and humourously given by Anthony O’Dowd from the Hursley Lab. This historical look at the product recognized the various people who helped to bring MQ to the position it is in today. [The script from Anthony’s speech that day can be read here.]

After the serious business of a history lesson was over, the fun began, in the form of a “Weakest Link” style MQ quiz. Six volunteers dressed in T-shirts sporting the new WebSphere MQ 10 year logo, participated as contestants and were asked questions ranging from MQ topics; 10 year ago facts; UK and USA comparisons; and photos of developers at age 10. After each round of questions, the contestants were asked by quiz mistress Morag Hughson, to vote off the weakest link. In a change from the television program, the weakest link did not leave with nothing, but in fact left with a bag of nostalgic MQSeries goodies.

The final round of questions went to a sudden death stage with the final two contestants being equally matched. However, Victoria Albanese from JP Morgan Chase was the eventual winner. Once the nip-and-tuck of that final round was over, the audience sang “Happy Birthday” to MQ and we cut the cake generously provided by Candle Corporation. Everyone relaxed and enjoyed the cake whilst reminiscing.

Team Cake

The SHARE MQ Project Team
Gary Ward, Richard Harran, Steve Hanson, Victoria Albanese, Ian Harwood, Morag Hughson, Andy Wilkinson, Ray Sun, Matthew Golby-Kirk, Anthony O’Dowd, Prasad Imandi

All in all, the party was a great success and everyone who attended had a great time.

Audience

Audience at MQ’s 10th birthday party at SHARE

What’s in Command Levels 91x

MQ91x StairsIBM MQ released Long Term Support release V9.1.0 back in July 2018 which had a Command Level of 910. The subsequent Continuous Delivery release V9.1.1 introduced its own Command Level 911.

This post captures the changes that are available in Command Level 911.

Release Command Level Features protected by Command Level – details below
V9.1.0 910 This command level rolled up all the changes in the prior Continuous Delivery releases detailed in What’s in Command Levels 90x.
V9.1.1 911 Simpler TLS CipherSpec selection
Scripting enhancements for stateful objects

Simpler TLS CipherSpec selection

An additional value has been designed for the channel SSLCIPH field to allow the selection of a group of Cipher Specs instead of just selecting an individual one. In addition, the SECPROT attribute I wrote about in Know your protocol has been extended to IBM MQ for z/OS. Mark Wilson has written about this in an IBM Messaging Blog Post: Allow IBM MQ channels to use ANY_TLS12.

Channel Object

Updated attribute MQSC name
See DEFINE CHANNEL
Look for KC 911 indicator
PCF constant and values
See Change, Copy, and Create Channel
Look for KC 911 indicator
SSL Cipher Spec

SSLCIPH

MQCACH_SSL_CIPHER_SPEC (3544)

  • String of length MQ_SSL_CIPHER_SPEC_LENGTH (32), new possible value “ANY_TLS12”

Channel Status

New attribute MQSC name
See DISPLAY CHSTATUS
Look for KC 911 indicator
PCF constant and values
See Inquire Channel Status
Look for KC 911 indicator
SSL Cipher Spec

SSLCIPH

MQCACH_SSL_CIPHER_SPEC (3544)

  • String of length MQ_SSL_CIPHER_SPEC_LENGTH (32) showing Cipher Spec in use
Security Protocol

SECPROT

  • NONE
  • SSLV3
  • TLSV1
  • TLSV12

MQIACH_SECURITY_PROTOCOL (1645)

  • MQSECPROT_NONE (0)
  • MQSECPROT_SSLV30 (1)
  • MQSECPROT_TLSV10 (2)
  • MQSECPROT_TLSV12 (4)

Scripting enhancements for stateful objects

Various IBM MQ objects have state associated with them, for example channels or listeners, and when running commands in a script to start such objects, it can be complicated by the failures that occur when the object is already in the state you want. You didn’t want your script to fail just because the listener is already started, you wanted it to carry on. Command level 911 adds a keyword to help with such scripts.

Start and Stop Channel/Listener/Service

New attribute MQSC name
See START and STOP CHANNEL
See START and STOP LISTENER
See START and STOP SERVICE
Look for KC 911 indicator
PCF constant and values
See Start and Stop Channel
See Start and Stop Listener
See Start and Stop Service
Look for KC 911 indicator
Ignore State

IGNSTATE

  • NO
  • YES

MQIACF_IGNORE_STATE (1423)

  • MQIS_NO (0)
  • MQIS_YES (1)

IBM MQ and MQ Appliance News – November 2018

On Tuesday November 27th, IBM Hursley announced the next in the series of Continuous Delivery releases for IBM MQ V9.1 and the MQ Appliance. IBM MQ V9.1.1 was made available on November 30th.

Downloading IBM MQ Version 9.1.1 Continuous Delivery

Here are the various announcement letters:-

Links of interest:-


We’ll collect up any other links about the new release as we find them and put them all here.