So… Ever wondered how different programs talk to each other?
Well….. Me neither. A few weeks ago, me and my two colleagues Frank and Martijn started on a project that entails the use of a piece of middleware named: IBM WebSphere Message Broker. Something completely different again, since we actually just received training in e-commerce products like WebSphere Commerce and Intershop.
“WebSphere® Message Broker is an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) built for universal connectivity and transformation in heterogeneous IT environments.” – IBM.
Not to bore you too much with this definition, broking messages is simply – or sometimes very complexly – wiring and transforming the message of the sender to something the receiver can understand. Now there is something we all can relate to: communication. It is what we do every day in our lives, just think of how to explain the things you do in your daily work to your non IT family and friends. We adjust our message to a form that the receiver understands. And sometimes, like in our daily communication, this is a thing we need to learn to do correctly.
(And there is my bridge to switch to another subject, yes!) The good thing is that I´m actually very interested in learning. In how we learn as humans and in how to transfer knowledge (or information) between eachother (like programs do… I love bridges…). This interest stems from my background in Psychology where I did a lot of courses and gained experience in learning, training and coaching. To that extent, I recently joined the Education Committee at our lovely ISC, where I am going to occupy myself with looking into our learning as employees.
Bridging back to learning (again), I really enjoy the chances our ISC offers to learn, to develop ourselves. I want to learn and know how everything works in detail, and how it fits in the greater scheme. A big part in learning is motivation, your desire as human to grow your skills.
And how do we learn? By trial and error, by watching how others tackle a problem and in many more ways than I can describe here. I am motivated to learn, to develop and to innovate myself (and yes, I sometimes use bridges to learn things). To sum it up: I will keep breaking the broker until I get it right, the future is ours!