Looking forward to Integration Tech Con 2019

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The Conference Flyer

Later this month sees the first incarnation of a new conference held by IBM – Integration Tech Con. It runs from Tuesday 30th April to Thursday 2nd May at the Great Wolf Lodge, Grapevine, Texas.

There are six tracks of sessions all with integration themes including many sessions about IBM MQ. You can see the agenda at the above link, scroll down until you see the Agenda PDF link. I won’t add the URL here because the name of the PDF keeps changing.

Both Paul Clarke and Morag Hughson will be there from MQGem Software, and Morag is presenting one technical session.

Title:
Speaker:
Scheduled:
IBM MQ RDQM: Easy HA – Easy once you know how
Morag Hughson
Tuesday 3:10pm
Room: Red Oak
Abstract: IBM MQ V9.0.4 introduced the new feature RDQM (Replicated Data Queue Managers) as an HA technology. V9.0.5 used much of the same technology to also offer a DR solution. The RDQM feature is branded “Easy HA” by IBM. This user experience shows that RDQM is easy to set up when you know how. Learn the pitfalls to avoid and the preparation to do to make setting up an RDQM queue manager go smoothly.

On Tuesday evening of the conference, from 5:30 – 7:30pm there is a networking evening, called “Community Night”. We’ll both be there if you have any questions, want to see anything demonstrated or just want to chat over a beer.

Through-out the daytime, if you want to have a longer discussion with us about our products, we are also available for 1-to-1 sessions. If you’d like to book in some time for this, please contact us by email at support@mqgem.com.

We’re also offering a FREE month licence to anyone going to the conference (or even if you’re not). Download our products from our website and grab the licence from here and have a play, then bring your questions to the conference. The FREE licence runs until 17th May, so you have some time before the conference to try them out, and then some time after the conference to try out any answers you get from us while you are there.

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MQGem Monthly (March 2019)

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VOLUME V. – No. 3. FRIDAY, 29 MARCH, 2019 PRICE: FREE

Welcome to the March 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

IBM delivered the latest Continuous Delivery release of IBM MQ, V9.1.2. Read more here.

Over the last few months, several mini features have been added to MO71. Read more about them here.

Both Paul Clarke and Morag Hughson will be attending the Integration Technical Conference. If you’re going too, come and say Hi. Morag will also be giving a presentation, more details are here.

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 an article to show you how to use MO71 to generate emailed alerts whenever an interesting event happens.
MO71 Monitor Tab

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 Easter 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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MO71 recent changes

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.

MO71 Alter List Search Filter

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.

MO71 Alter List Multiple Move

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.

MO71 Three Monitors

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.

MO71 Preferences HTTP tab

Set HTTP Proxy details in Preference

Progress Dialogs

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.

MO71 Progress Bar

You’ll see a progress bar for message manipulation actions that take a while

Topic Strings with leading or trailing spaces

MO71 Topic String WarningMost 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.

MO71 Topic String Healthcheck

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 support@mqgem.com and a 1-month trial licence will be sent to you.

MQGem Monthly (February 2019)

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VOLUME V. – No. 2. THURSDAY, 28 FEBRUARY, 2019 PRICE: FREE

Welcome to the February 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

IBM announced the next Continous Delivery (CD) release of IBM MQ, 9.1.2, in February, planned to be available on March 21, 2019.

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.

  • March 7th – Learn About IBM Integration TechCon2019 (10am EST) and (2pm EST) – Speaker: Ray Daniel

Product Info

This months highlighted product information is a video showing the powerful filtering provided by MQSCX.

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 want to read blog posts on IBM MQ subject matter, these resources are good places to follow. There are a great number of IBM MQ Experts that write in the IBM MQ Blogosphere.

Contact Information

MQGem hopes you had a great Valentine’s Day. 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 (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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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.