There have been a number of mini-features added to MO71 over the last few months. We have mentioned a few in passing in our monthly newsletter, but it’s time to take a look at them in a little more detail.
Search Fields added to Alter List Dialog
Some dialog lists, I’m thinking channels and queue managers specifically, have large numbers of fields and it can be hard to find the particular field you are looking for in order to change the columns shown in the list dialog. Both lists in the “Alter List” dialog now have a search field below them to allow you to filter the list and find what you are looking for.
A Search Filter box below each list
Multiple fields can be moved in the Alter List Dialog
Staying with the “Alter List” dialog, another change is that you can now select multiple fields to move up and down in the list at once instead of having to move one field at a time. You have the flexibility to make your MO71 List Dialogs look exactly how you need them to look with ease.
Move multiple fields together instead of one at a time
3 Monitor support
MO71 will now remember the dialog positions and sizes for a 1, 2 or 3 monitor set-up.
Spread your MO71 dialogs across three monitors if you need to
Command Level 911 and 912 support
MO71 supports the newest command levels provided by IBM MQ. See What’s in Command Levels 91x for details.
HTTP Proxy Support
You can now configure MO71 to make HTTP connections via an HTTP Proxy. This might be necessary for retrieving latest versions of IBM MQ or the latest versions of MO71 from your work location.
Set HTTP Proxy details in Preference
MO71 will now report on its progress as it is moving, copying or deleting large numbers of messages. You will see these only when your action takes longer than 3 seconds (by default), from both the message list dialog and the QLOAD dialog.
You’ll see a progress bar for message manipulation actions that take a while
Topic Strings with leading or trailing spaces
Most MQ string fields, whether object names or attributes, are not allowed to start with a blank and trailing spaces are insignificant. The queue manager will let you know with an error if you try to have spaces at the beginning. There are one or two fields, such as exit data attributes that allow them, but mainly MO71 would strip leading and trailing spaces before sending to the command server. The topic string attribute is different from many MQ string attributes in that it is legitimate to have leading and/or trailing spaces, and those spaces are significant. A topic string that only differs due to a leading or trailing space from another is a valid and different point in the topic tree.
MO71 allows you to have these leading and/or trailing spaces because if it didn’t you could not look at topic strings that had them, but it also warns you if you try to create one with a leading or trailing space because in all likelihood you did not intend to.
In addition, the problems that MO71 attempts to detect if you run a health check against your queue manager will report any topic strings that contain leading or trailing spaces. If you deliberately have topics that use such a pattern, you can remove these from the list of problems that are detected.
Do you have any topics lurking with extra spaces?
The new version can be downloaded from the MO71 Download Page. Any current licensed users of MO71 can run the new version on their existing licence. If you don’t have a licence and would like to try out MO71 then send an email to email@example.com and a 1-month trial licence will be sent to you.