Archive for January, 2008

Thinking out loud: PowerShell support for DB2?

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

My PowerShell library for WebSphere MQ has been out for a month or so now, and it seems to have been well-received. I’ve seen a surprising amount of blog posts and news articles about it, the download stats for the SupportPac are very encouraging, and I’m getting a steady (if slowly growing) stream of emails with requests for help and new features.

There is still more to finish with the WMQ library – the biggest piece of outstanding work is adding support for z/OS queue managers, but there are a few other bits and pieces to do as well.

But even so – with my usual attention span of an easily distracted child, I’m starting to look at what I might try next.

I’m thinking a PowerShell extension for DB2 might be a good next step.


  • Like WebSphere MQ, the prospect of writing it is made much easier by the fact that there is already a .NET API and support for building C# applications for DB2
  • Database administration seems to lend itself quite well to PowerShell’s object-oriented nature. Using Select, Where, et al. still reminds me of SQL pretty much every time I type it
  • I know very little about DB2, and it’d be a chance to learn something new

Okay, so my third reason sounds a little weak, but on a personal level, it’s a consideration.

But would there be a demand for supporting DB2 administration using PowerShell? I don’t know… I’ve not heard anyone ask for it, and other than a post on a developerWorks forum, I haven’t been able to find much of a call for it.

Still, it’s an interesting idea.

Adding remote system admin support to PowerShell (before PowerShell V2)

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

Jeffrey Snover of Microsoft has written a very interesting post on PowerShell cmdlet development, prompted by the release of my latest updates to the WebSphere MQ PowerShell cmdlets.

By way of background, the cmdlets let you administer WebSphere MQ from the Windows PowerShell command prompt and scripting environment. One of WebSphere MQ’s biggest strengths is the breadth of it’s platform support, so it was no surprise that one of the most requested features to be added to the cmdlet library has been to be able to use PowerShell with WebSphere MQ queue managers on non-Windows servers.


Feeling sorry for the Kindle (or “eReader rocks”)

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

Using the HTC Advantage as an eBook readerBefore Christmas, Amazon brought out a new device – an eBook reader called the Kindle. And, it seemed like the blogosphere pretty much lined up to take turns bashing it.

A shame, really. Because I was quite excited by the whole thing.

I’ve been a fan of eBooks for years now, but they’ve never seemed to have very wide appeal. And with a company as big and mainstream as Amazon pushing them now, I thought this might be time that someone took the case for eBooks to the masses.

Doesn’t seem to be working too well, so far.

Other than what I’ve read in reviews, I don’t know the actual device itself. But some of the features look similar to what I use already, and I’m surprised more positive stuff isn’t being said about them.

So I thought I’d use my first attempt at a video(-ish) blog post to make the case for eBooks, looking at one of my favourites of the Kindle’s features as I use them on my e-book reader.


Hello (video blog) World!

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

Is 2008 going to be the year that video blogging takes off?

Not sure, but I’ve been watching people like Andy Piper and Chris Dalby (aka Yellowpark) start to play with Seesmic and it looks interesting. Services like this could encourage more of us other than the hardcore video bloggers like iJustine to give it a try. Scoble has been saying good things about Qik – which allows video blogging directly from your phone. Might this be a glimpse into how things might go?

At any rate, I thought I should try my first video blog post.