How simply can you describe MQ?

Came across this XKCD graphic, trying to describe the Apollo 5 rocket using just the most common 1000 words in English. Which has led to this page, allowing you to try to express an idea with the same limitations.

So I started to wonder about how to explain MQ, and quickly found that “message” is not in the permitted list. It could be made easier if there were a linked thesaurus, but that takes some of the fun away.

I did get as far as “conversation between computers can continue even when one not running”.

This post was last updated on November 18th, 2019 at 03:36 pm

Show, don’t tell. MS0P education on youtube.

I’ve just released a new version of SupportPac MS0P V7.1.0.2 containing a couple of new features. This package started out as my attempt to learn Java programming and it did one thing only, formatting MQ event messages into readable text from within the MQ Explorer.

MS0P Event Formatter

Over the years it has grown into a collection of utilities, still mostly for the Explorer, but all aimed at making it easier to use MQ. Although the package contains documentation, we all know how much people read the books (at least it’s not an InfoCentre format). And so I decided to produce video demonstrations as an alternative.

Continue reading “Show, don’t tell. MS0P education on youtube.”

This post was last updated on November 18th, 2019 at 08:56 pm

Draft MQ Primer available (for a short time)

In a previous post I wrote about getting the 1999 MQSeries Primer updated.

Now other people can get to see if it was worth it by going to where they will find this short document.

Update: The draft has moved location – part of the process of giving it the same form-number as the predecessor redpiece. Annoying it happened during this draft process, but the draft address has always been temporary anyway,

Redpiece 4930 cover
MQ Primer – cover

Read more about the draft here

This post was last updated on November 14th, 2019 at 06:42 am

About this blog

Brief introduction to me and what this blog is likely to be about:
I work on the development of the IBM MQ product, one of IBM’s extremely successful pieces of software. It’s developed at IBM’s Hursley laboratory near Winchester in England where I have been for more than 30 years.

My normal description of Hursley is that it is a typical English village – one shop, one church and two pubs. Except for the 3000 people working at the IBM site behind it.

My activities in MQ have meant I have been involved in lots of different aspects of the product – security, performance, administration, monitoring and more. It’s also meant that I’ve spent a lot time travelling, working away from the office desk, talking to people individually or in front of conference and seminar audiences.

This blog started out primarily to record stories about some of the non-technical pieces of what I do. For example planning, preparation and travel stories; talking about some of the aspects of MQ that are not necessarily part of the code.

But for various reasons this resurrected and relocated blog is now going to also have some MQ technical material. There are now copies of blog posts I’d posted to other platforms, but going forward I expect to post newer articles too.

The blog started in 2012 and languished for a while, so there was quite a large gap when nothing was published. I’m hoping to be more assiduous in future. Though the copied articles from other sites have preserved their publication dates to fill in some of those gaps.

I’m also going to talk about some other stuff I do around music. And how the hobby occasionally intersects with the MQ work.

And there may be guest authors on here too.

This post was last updated on November 25th, 2019 at 01:30 pm