Friday, December 17, 2010

Pattern Authoring in Message Broker

Almost a year to the day, Message Broker v7 was released. Well it has been a busy year in the development team. One area I particularly wanted to highlight was the work the team has done around patterns.

Broker v7 introduced the first generation of patterns technology to the connectivity world. The v7 release shipped with an extensive set of built-in connectivity patterns. For example putting a web service front end on an existing application is a problem that comes up again and again in the field. Adding a production-ready pattern to the product made perfect sense.

Back in July we shipped Broker fix pack 1. Along with many new features, pattern authoring made its debut. Pattern authoring allows anyone to design, test, debug, package and distribute their own patterns. The patterns are presented in the Pattern Explorer alongside the built-in patterns provided by the product.

This capability has proved to be a big hit with our customers. We have talked to many customers this year who are now using patterns to simplify their development process, get more consistent solutions and to reduce costs.

Yesterday, Broker fix pack 2 was released. Fix packs are the way we release new functionality between our biennial major product releases. In fix pack 2 we have released the third generation of patterns technology. This includes major enhancements to pattern authoring. You can read about the pattern authoring capabilities in this slide show.


Pattern authors can now plug in their own Java and PHP code to their patterns which is called whenever pattern instances are created. Included in this is a major new Java API to programmatically manipulate message flows. You can browse the infocenter here and the new Java and PHP additions are documented here.

A couple of other links to mention. First there is an introductory article on developerWorks for pattern authoring. We also have a web site called the IBM Education Assistant, here you will find lots of short videos showing you how to use many of the features in the product.

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