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 , 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 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 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
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.
How many messages can your snake eat?
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
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.