Tag Archives: MQ

Amazon SQS – some of us queue already…

I became aware of Amazon Simple Queue Service early last year. I haven’t had much of a chance to do anything with it beyond playing with demos. I thought I’d written about it, but can’t find the previous entry I believed I’d posted!

Over on the Amazon Web Services blog, there’s a very good post describing message queueing, and why asynchronous communication is a good thing. Choice snippet:

Queuing allows and encourages applications to become truly service-oriented. You will be automatically making the right architecture decision of making your applications service-oriented and independent to others.

Not only that, but some people seem to feel that the platform that Amazon have been building is pretty impressive. I don’t disagree.

Time for another look, I think. I’ve been dealing with message-oriented middleware for the best part of 7 years now, primarily with WebSphere MQ, and I’ve looked at a couple of the alternatives… the main issue I have with SQS in particular is the use of HTTP as the transport, but that makes some sense in the WOA view of the world. I’ll have to dig deeper.

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End of a (shortish) era

Just finished working on what was, for me, a relatively long client engagement – 9 months in London. It was a very interesting piece of work building an ESB using WebSphere Message Broker, WebSphere MQ, WebSphere Process Server, and adapters, all running on Sun Solaris. I had the opportunity to work with a cool team, including individuals from other vendors, and I learned a lot – and equally, I hope that others were able to learn from me, since that is what I was there for! Good luck to the team.

Pastures new from tomorrow – it looks to be a busy month, with Blue Fusion coming up too. I’ll be taking some time out in March as well.

I’ll also miss my daily Starbucks – the staff were very friendly – hope to drop back in and say hello to them in the future.

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Hursley blogs on WMQ

Very glad to see that Dale has got the new blog up-and-running. A Hursley View on WMQ aims to provide an additional communications channel from the development team in the labs (IBM Hursley near Winchester in the UK, in the case of WebSphere MQ). Look out for tips, news on tools, and posts about “how it works”.

It is important to note that the blog doesn’t replace the existing newsgroups or unofficial third-party discussion sites, and it also doesn’t replace the formal product support process. However, I think it is going to be interesting to watch – there are already some interesting posts up which cover details that I was not aware of.

I’ve added it to my blogroll and feedreader already. If you’re a techie like me and work with WebSphere MQ, you should do the same.

SAM – messaging from PHP

I just saw that  the Simple Asynchronous Messaging (SAM) project was announced on the ibm.software.websphere.mq newsgroup (which doesn’t appear in Google Groups, for some reason). It looks like it was originally announced on the PHP groups a few weeks ago.

I’ve not had much of a chance to look at this yet, but the idea of the project is to enable PHP developers to connect to WebSphere MQ, WebSphere Message Broker and the WebSphere Application Server v6 messaging provider. Looks great – I shall have to research it further.

Coming up: new stuff for WMB

We just announced some goodness around WebSphere Message Broker. In particular, there’s a set of ease-of-use enhancements to the toolkit and some new functionality for Web Services.

It all looks very exciting indeed. Should arrive just in time for Christmas 🙂

In the meantime, take a look at all this other stuff: