MQ Explorer - installation available through an update site !!!!!!!!!
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This is one of the shortest, and sweetest blog entries I'll probably ever make. The title sort of sums it all up - which is that there is now an update site available from which you can install the MQ Explorer into an Eclipse environment directly. The URL is http
To see this in action take your favourite Eclipse environment - use the menu options Help -> Install New Software - and type the URL into the Work with: combo box at the top of the screen.
Eclipse will then contact the update site - which is on an IBM hosted site - and show the MQ Explorer. You can select it as shown above - or if you want translations (i.e. languages other than US English - "howdy US folks") then select the 2nd check box as well. Select next a few times - accept the license - restart your Eclipse environment and you're good to go.
For those of you who are thinking "Joe that is so boring" - you probably didn't try and do this before we created the URL. It wasn't pretty and I fielded many questions from unhappy users who couldn't make the install work for multiple reasons - who hopefully now are happy users who can get on with the job of running MQ Explorer along side another IBM Explorer environment and enjoying the productivity that this brings them.
Which brings me onto my next topic to discuss - the z/OS Explorer composite update site. The z/OS Explorer is a basic Eclipse environment with just our z/OS Explorer perspective (letting you get at jobs and files on z/OS) and also contained within it is the ability to add in other plugins that are useful to z/OS users - be they system programmers or developers who want to use Rational Developer for System z.
The p2 update site for the IBM Explorer for z/OS is
As shown above - our z/OS Explorer composite site also includes the CICS Explorer - the CICS Tools - and the problem determination tools - allowing you to install great products such as CICS Interdependency Analyzer or Debug tool at the click of a button - without needing to worry about which is the right/wrong version. More on the z/OS Explorer in a later blog or two - but if you're keen to find out more check out John Knutson's or Isab
If you wanted to see the reason why running MQ Explorer inside z/OS Explorer is so great the following screen show shows a perspective with both the MQ Explorer views and z/OS Explorer jobs and job view side by side.
I've used the Jobs view to filter *CHIN jobs for all users to show the queue manager address spaces. Selecting QG28CHIN shows the STC80226 - the started task - in the Job view together with its steps. JESYSMSG contains the port number for the queue manager - in my case 1445. Then using the MQ Explorer navigator I added this as a queue manager and - hey presto - I'm listing the queues and able to browse content - post test messages - and so forth.
The power of having access to z/OS Address spaces - being able to filter and see the CHIN jobs - see the address spaces - and then drill down in the queue managers - is basically why we built the z/OS Explorer. To bring together powerful Eclipse componentry side by side in the same workbench to allow folks perform joined up scenarios to make their jobs easier and faster - and the composite update site is to stop users having to wrestle with download sites and files and require admin rights to make this work.