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!

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