MQGem Monthly (January 2019)

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VOLUME V. – No. 1. THURSDAY, 31 JANUARY, 2019 PRICE: FREE

Welcome to the January edition of the MQGem Monthly Newsletter, bringing you company news from MQGem Software, information about the MO71, MQSCX, MQEdit, Q and QLOAD products, our IBM MQ training modules, and interesting articles about IBM MQ.

News

A new version of MO71, V9.1.1, was released this month with support from IBM MQ V9.1.1; HTTP proxy support for the HTTP connections it makes and some improvements to the Alter List dialog when large numbers of fields are involved.

IBM made several announcements related to IBM MQ in Cloud this month. It’s available in Sydney and Frankfurt. And, there’s a new MQ on Cloud (MQoC) Lite plan.

Interesting IBM MQ links

Here are a few links that caught our eye this month.

We share all the above links on our Twitter feed and Facebook page so if you don’t want to wait until the end-of-month newsletter, follow us on there.

Upcoming events

There are a number of conference events where IBM MQ will be featured in the coming months. Hopefully you’ll be able to sign up to one near you and obtain some MQ technical education.

Upcoming online events

If you’re unable to get to any “in-person” events, then these online webcasts are just what you need.

Product Info

This months highlighted product information is a video showing the Web Access capabilities of MO71.

IBM MQ Latest Maintenance

Make sure you’re on the latest maintenance level of your version of IBM MQ. These are the latest Fix Packs at the time of going to press. Check here for the latest versions now, and here for the planned dates for the next ones.

Handy IBM MQ Resources

If you have a question about IBM MQ that you can’t find the answer to, these resources are good places to ask your question.

Contact Information

Here at MQGem we hope you haven’t broken all your New Year’s resolutions yet. We’d love to hear from you. Get in touch by email or follow us on one of our social media channels.
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MQGem Monthly (December 2018)

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VOLUME IV. – No. 12. MONDAY, 31 DECEMBER, 2018 PRICE: FREE

Welcome to the December edition of the MQGem Monthly Newsletter, bringing you company news from MQGem Software, information about the MO71, MQSCX, MQEdit, Q and QLOAD products, our IBM MQ training modules, and interesting articles about IBM MQ.

News

MQGem is pleased to announce a new product with the evolution of SupportPac MA01 into the MQGem product Q. Read more here.

IBM provided Managed File Transfer facilities on the MQ Cloud Service. Read more here.

It’s somewhat traditional at the end of the year to take a look back at all the things that have happened. Read ours here.

birthday cake We wish IBM MQ a Very Happy 25th Birthday today.
IBM MQ 25th Birthday

Interesting IBM MQ links

Here are a few links that caught our eye this month.

We share all the above links on our Twitter feed and Facebook page so if you don’t want to wait until the end-of-month newsletter, follow us on there.

Upcoming events

There are a number of conference events where IBM MQ will be featured in the coming months. Hopefully you’ll be able to sign up to one near you and obtain some MQ technical education.

Product Info

This months highlighted product information is a video showing how to use Trace Message in MO71.

IBM MQ Latest Maintenance

Make sure you’re on the latest maintenance level of your version of IBM MQ. These are the latest Fix Packs at the time of going to press. Check here for the latest versions now, and here for the planned dates for the next ones.

Contact Information

MQGem wishes you a Happy and Prosperous New Year. We’d love to hear from you. Get in touch by email or follow us on one of our social media channels.
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Looking back on 2018

In this post we look back on the year that was 2018 and what happened in both IBM MQ, and MQGem Software.

New Versions

Both IBM MQ and MQGem Software products had a number of new releases in 2018.

MQGem Software products

Three new versions of our premier product, MO71 – a graphical administrative product for IBM MQ. Version 9.0.6 was released in January with various new features including version checking. Version 9.1.0 was released in August providing support for IBM MQ V9.1, and then version 9.1.1 was released in December improving the Alter List dialog, providing proxy support, and support for IBM MQ V9.1.1.

MQSCX has had minor updates through the year to provide support for new IBM MQ command levels.

A new version of QLOAD – our unload/load IBM MQ queues product, version V9.0.1 was released in December with the capability to load messages from non-QLOAD format files. This feature is also included in MQEdit.

MQEdit – our live-parsing IBM MQ message editor – also had two new versions this year. Version V9.0.3 was released in March providing several features which make it easier to manage a group of users using the editor from a central position, and V9.1.0 was released in November with customer requested new features including Character Substitution Mode, Select All and loading messages from non-QLOAD format files.

A new product was added to the MQGem Software portfolio this year, by request, we made a fully support version of Q, based on Paul’s MA01 SupportPac.

IBM MQ Fix Packs and new function

The last Fix Pack on IBM WebSphere MQ V7.5, Fix Pack 7.5.0.9 was released in September.

Three new Fix Packs on IBM MQ V8. Fix Pack 8.0.0.9 was released in April. Fix Pack 8.0.0.10 was released in June. Fix Pack 8.0.0.11 was released in December.

Three new Fix Packs on IBM MQ V9. Fix Pack 9.0.0.3 was released in March. Fix Pack 9.0.0.4 was released in May. Fix Pack 9.0.0.5 was released in August.

2018 saw the latest major release of IBM MQ, V9.1.0, announced in early July and available at the end of July.

There were also two new continuous delivery (CD) releases made available in 2018. V9.0.5 in March, and V9.1.1 in November. Defect support for a CD release is available for 12 months from the availability of the release or while it remains one of the two most recent CD releases, whichever is longer.

2018 was the year that IBM got serious about IBM MQ in Cloud. In January IBM announced its new experimental IBM MQ on IBM Cloud service. Then in February IBM announced its IBM MQ on IBM Cloud service had now moved into Beta. Then in March the IBM MQ on IBM Cloud service, previously in Beta, was now generally available. June saw a new MQ cloud-related announcement as IBM MQ delivers MQ as a cloud service on IBM Cloud and hybrid licensing with IBM MQ Advanced to promote migration to the cloud. In August IBM provided AMS and TLS facilities on the MQ Cloud service. In September IBM announced that MQ is now available as a managed service on AWS. In December IBM provided Managed File Transfer facilities on the MQ Cloud Service.

Conference Events

There have been quite a number of events throughout 2018 that have had IBM MQ content delivered at them. A separate post contains all the material that is available on-line from these various events.

2018 has been a great year for all things MQ, including celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the original version of MQSeries. MQGem wishes all its customers, readers, and friends a Happy and Prosperous 2018. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Announcing Q from MQGem

SupportPac MA01 was written by Paul Clarke back in June 1995. It was one of the first SupportPacs for MQ as you can tell by its number. Paul wrote it because the amqsput, amqsget and amqsbcg samples didn’t give him the flexibility he wanted. It became a very handy tool in the pocket of many an MQ administrator over the years.

When Paul left IBM to form MQGem Software, the MA01 SupportPac was discontinued, and it’s source code put on GitHub for anyone who wanted to build it and run it themselves. However, many MQ users don’t want the complication and expense of looking after home-built tools, and would prefer a fully supported product. As such, a few of our customers have asked whether we would be willing to continue to maintain and enhance the Q program, and so here it is.

Q program pocket knife

A veritable pocket knife of features

The Q program from MQGem has moved on a little from the last version that was the MA01 SupportPac, after all we’ve continued to use it as a very helpful tool here inside MQGem Software. Some of the new features are:-

  • IBM MQ Multi-version Support
    Q will load the MQ libraries from the place identified by setmqenv.
  • New help features
    To make it easier to find the option you are looking for since the Q program does have a lot of flags!.
  • Message formatters added
    Formatters for JSON, EDIFACT, CSV and FIX message formats have been added.
  • Character substitution
    This will display text such as > as the character ‘>’.
  • 64-bit executable
    The Q program is now 64-bit across all platforms.
  • Minor flag enhancements
    1. The special message format string which starts with the ‘#’ character previously had a 40 character limit. This has been lifted.
    2. MQRO_PASS_CORREL_ID has been added to the confirm options on the -n flag as -n[passc].
    3. You can use -dt to print out the offsets of a message
    4. The prompt menu used by -xc to set various client connection channel settings such as TLS and exits has been updated to only request valid exits for a client channel, and to use a more modern CipherSpec by default.
    5. The use of truncation on an MQGET has been made safer by requiring the user explicitly select MQGMO_ACCEPT_TRUNCATED_MESSAGE when using the -=> flag by using the optional ‘t‘ flag, to give -=t<length>.
    6. The Commit interval (-p) flag has been extended to also take an optional commit interval after which an incomplete transaction, that is one that has not reached the requested total number of messages, will be committed anyway.
    7. The subscribe call created with the -S flag can be additionally configured to use MQSO_SET_CORREL_ID by using the -gc:CorrelId flag.
  • Flags renamed
    Some minor flags have been renamed to improve usability and consistency. These are listed in full in the User Guide. The majority of the flags are exactly the same as they were in the Support Pac.

Even if you don’t intend to purchase a licence, you may find value in downloading the user guide. At long last we have a manual for Q! As we said above, the parameters are not absolutely identical to the SupportPac, but the majority are the same, and the vast majority of the manual is still applicable to the SupportPac. You may well discover features you never knew that Q had.


Read more about the new product, and download a copy, from the Q Web Page. If you would like to try out MQGem’s Q program before deciding whether to buy then send an email to support@mqgem.com and a 1-month trial licence will be sent to you.

MQGem Monthly (November 2018)

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VOLUME IV. – No. 11. FRIDAY, 30 NOVEMBER, 2018 PRICE: FREE

Welcome to the November edition of the MQGem Monthly Newsletter, bringing you company news from MQGem Software, information about the MO71, MQSCX, MQEdit, and QLOAD products, our IBM MQ training modules, and interesting articles about IBM MQ.

News

IBM announced, and delivered, the latest Continuous Delivery release of IBM MQ, V9.1.1. Read more here.

A new version of MQEdit was released earlier this month with some customer requested features.

Interesting IBM MQ links

Here are a few links that caught our eye this month.

We share all the above links on our Twitter feed and Facebook page so if you don’t want to wait until the end-of-month newsletter, follow us on there.

Upcoming events

There are a number of conference events where IBM MQ will be featured in the coming months. Hopefully you’ll be able to sign up to one near you and obtain some MQ technical education.

Product Info

This months highlighted product information is a video showing how to use the very powerful filters provided in MO71.

IBM MQ Latest Maintenance

Make sure you’re on the latest maintenance level of your version of IBM MQ. These are the latest Fix Packs at the time of going to press. Check here for the latest versions now, and here for the planned dates for the next ones.

Contact Information

MQGem hopes you have a great holiday season, have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? We’d love to hear from you. Get in touch by email or follow us on one of our social media channels.
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MQEdit version 9.1.0 is released

MQGem Software is pleased to announce that a new version of MQEdit, our Live Parsing Editor for IBM MQ messages, is now available.

The main reason for the new MQEdit version number, Version 9.1.0, is to remain inline with the current MQ version. However, the following functional changes have also been made:

  • Character Substitution Mode
    As requested by a customer, to make it easier to read certain types of messages, MQEdit now supports a Character Substitution Display Mode. This will display text such as &gt; as the character ‘>’.

    MQEdit Character Substitution Mode

    MQEdit Character Substitution Mode. The top message can be displayed in the manner shown at the bottom with this formatting mode turned on

    The substitutions performed are the following:-

    Sequence Character displayed
    &gt; >
    &lt; <
    &nbsp; (space)
    &amp; &
    &quot; "
    &apos; '
  • QLOAD ‘other’ file processing
    As a result of another customer request, it is now possible to use the QLOAD feature to load a ‘normal’ text file rather than a standard QLOAD file. This text file may contain multiple messages with some sort of delimiter, common with JSON or XML for example. The file can be parsed into these individual messages before being loaded onto the queue.
    MQEdit QLOAD Other File with delimiters

    Loading a file with message delimiters onto a queue

  • Select All
    To make it easier to copy/paste the entire message a new Select All (Ctrl-A) action has been added.

The new version can be downloaded from the MQEdit Download Page. Any current licensed users of MQEdit can run the new version on their existing licence. If you don’t have a licence and would like to try out MQEdit then send an email to support@mqgem.com and a 1-month trial licence will be sent to you.