We are a group of people who work in the development of WebSphere MQ at IBM’s Hursley Park lab in the UK. This blog is a chance for us to engage in a dialogue with people who spend at least some of their time using, administering or developing for WMQ.

What this blog isn’t

WebSphere MQ has been around for a while, and there is already an active and vibrant community out there. There are already a number of ways for people working on WebSphere MQ to support this community, and this blog is not intended to replace any of them.

developerWorks and RedBooks are still the places for us to write in-depth articles and papers explaining areas of WebSphere MQ in detail.

The WMQ newsgroup and forums such as mqseries.net and listserv are still places where we can join in with answers to queries and problems that people are having with WebSphere MQ.

And the Technical Support and Services organisations are still the way that we can provide a formal and professional response to more specific queries.

What it is

The intention is that this blog will be a place where we can:

  • point out stuff that we think you might find interesting or useful – such as information that might not be long or detailed enough to warrant a whole developerWorks article;
  • highlight some tools and approaches that we find useful when working with WMQ;
  • discuss more general questions than is normally found in forums;
  • hear more about what you want from and think of WMQ;
  • and perhaps try to explain why bits of WebSphere MQ work like they do

Please join in!

If you use WebSphere MQ regularly, please let us know what you think. If your experience of WMQ differs from something that one of us says, it would be great to hear your views. If you don’t like how something works (or if you do!), let us know. If you have any questions or suggestions for future posts, please add a comment.

Unlike channels such as articles on developerWorks, posts here are not intended to be definitive points of reference. rather it is hoped that they will be starting points for a discussion. The more people who join in with this, the more useful it can be for all of us.


If your job involves any time looking after WebSphere MQ systems, please consider adding us to your RSS reader or come back and visit the blog site. Hopefully, every now and then we’ll bring something to your attention that you might not have realised, as well as giving you another way to share your views and experiences with WMQ.