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Introducing the Neuron Azure Service Bus Adapter for Neuron 3.0

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a messaging nerd. I love messaging so much, that I all but gave up web development years ago to focus exclusively in the completely unglamorous spaNeuron_Logo_3_Gray_and_Blue_PNGce of messaging, integration and middleware. What drives me to this space? Why not spend my time and focus my career on building sexy Web or device apps that are much more fashionable and that will allow people to actually see something tangible, that they can see, touch and feel?

These are questions I ponder often, but every time I do, an opportunity presents itself to apply my passion for messaging and integration in new and interesting ways that have a pretty major impact for my clients and the industry as a whole. Some recent examples of projects I led and coded on include the Intelligent Transportation and Gaming space including developing an automated gate management solution to better secure commercial vehicles for major carriers when they’re off the road; integrating slot machines for a major casino on the Vegas strip with other amenities on property to create an ambient customer experience and increasing the safety of our highways by reading license plates and pushing messages to and from the cloud. These are just a few recent examples of the ways in which messaging plays an integral role in building highly compelling and interesting solutions that otherwise wouldn’t be possible. Every day, my amazing team at Neudesic is involved in designing and developing solutions on the Microsoft integration platform that have truly game changing business impacts for our clients.

As hybrid cloud continues to prove itself as the most pragmatic approach for taking advantage of the scale and performance of cloud computing, the need for messaging and integration becomes only more important. Two technologies that fit particularly well in this space are Neuron and Azure Service Bus. I won’t take too much time providing an overview of each here as there are plenty of good write ups out there that do a fine job, but I do want to share some exciting news that I hope you will find interesting if you are building hybrid solutions today and/or working with Azure Service Bus or Neuron.

Over the last year, the Neuron team at Neudesic has been hard at work cranking out what I think is the most significant release since version 1.0 which I started working with back in 2007 and I’m thrilled to share that as of today, Neuron 3.0 is live!

Building on top of an already super solid WCF 4.0 foundation, Neuron 3.0 is a huge release for both Neudesic and our clients, introducing a ton of new features including:

 

  • Full Platform support for Microsoft .NET 4/LINQ, Visual Studio 2010/2012
  • New features in Management and Administration including
    • New User Interface Experience
    • Queue Management
    • Server and Instance Management
    • Dependency Viewers
  • New features in Deployment and Configuration Management including
    • New Neuron ESB Configuration storage
    • Multi Developer support
    • Incremental Deployment
    • Command line Deployment
  • New features in Business Process Designer including
    • Referencing External Assemblies
    • Zoom, Cut, Copy and Paste
    • New Process Steps
      • Duplicate Message Detection
      • For Each loop
      • ODBC
  • New Custom Process Steps including
    • Interface for Controlling UI Properties
    • Folder hierarchy for UI display

  • New features in Neuron Auditing including
    • Microsoft SQL Azure
    • Excluding Body and Custom Properties
    • Failed Message Monitoring
  • New Messaging features including
    • AMQP Powered Topics with Rabbit MQ
    • Improved MSMQ Topic Support
    • Adapters
      • POP3 and Microsoft Exchange Adapters
      • ODBC Adapter enhancements
      • Azure Service Bus Adapter
  • New in Service Broker including
    • REST enhancements
    • REST support for Service Policies
    • WSDL support for hosted SOAP services
  • Many enhancements to UI, bug fixes and improvements to overall user experience.
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In version 2.6, I worked with the team to bring Azure Service Bus Relay Messaging in as a first-class capability. Since Neuron is built on .NET and WCF, and the relay service is exposed very nicely using the WCF programming model, adding the relay bindings to Neuron’s Service Endpoint feature was a no-brainer. This immediately provided the ability to bridge or extend the on-premise pub-sub messaging, transformation, mediation, enrichment and security capabilities with Azure Service Bus Relay, enabling new, highly innovative hybrid solutions imagefor my team and our customers.

Between then and this new release, Microsoft released support for queues and topics also known as Brokered Messaging. These capabilities introduced the ability to model durable, pull-based pub-sub messaging in scenarios where such a brokered mechanism makes sense. To be clear, Brokered Messaging is not a replacement for Relay- in fact we’ve worked on a number of solutions where both the firewall friendly push messaging capabilities of relay fit  and even compliment certain scenarios (notification first pull-based pub-sub is a very handy dandy messaging pattern where both are used and perhaps I’ll write that up some day). Think of each being tools in your hybrid cloud messaging tool box.

It didn’t take long to see the potential of these additions to Azure Service Bus and I started having discussions with the Neuron team at Neudesic and the Azure Service Bus team at Microsoft about building an adapter that like Relay, would bring Brokered Messaging capabilities to Neuron, enabling a complete, rich spectrum of hybrid messaging capabilities.

Luckily, both teams agreed it was a good idea and Neudesic was nice enough to let me write the adapter.

Obviously, as a messaging nerd, this was an incredibly fun project to work on and after just a couple of hours, I had my first spike up and running on a very early build of Neuron 3.0 which demonstrated pushing a message that was published to Neuron and re-published on an Azure Service Bus topic. 7 major milestones later, a number of internal demos, walkthroughs with the Service Bus Team and a ton of load and performance testing I completed what is now the initial release of the Neuron Azure Service Bus Adapter which ships with Neuron 3.0!

What follows is a lap around the core functionality of the adapter largely taken from the product documentation that ships with Neuron 3.0. I hope you will find the adapter interesting enough to take a closer look and even if hybrid cloud is not on your mind, there are literally hundreds of reasons to consider Neuron ESB for your messaging needs.

Overview

Windows Azure Service Bus is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) capability provided by Microsoft that provides a highly robust messaging fabric hosted by Microsoft Windows Azure.

Azure Service Bus extends on-premise messaging fabrics such as Neuron ESB by providing pub-sub messaging capable of traversing firewalls, a taxonomy for projecting entities and very simple orchestration capabilities via rules and actions.

As shown below, Azure Service Bus bridges on-premise messaging capabilities enabling the ability to develop hybrid cloud applications that integrate with external services and service providers that are located behind the firewall allowing a new, modern breed of compositions to transcend traditional network, security and business boundaries.

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Bridging ESBs in Hybrid Clouds – Azure Service Bus extends on-premise messaging fabrics such as Neuron ESB enabling a next generation of hybrid cloud applications that transcend traditional network, security and business boundaries.

There are two services supported by Azure Service Bus:

  • Azure Service Bus Relay: Serves as a push-based relay between two (or more) endpoints. A client and service (or services) establish an outbound, bi-directional socket connection over either TCP or HTTP on the relay and thus, messages from the client tunnel their way through the relay to the service. In this way, both the client and service are really peers on the same messaging fabric.

 

  • Azure Service Bus Brokered Messaging: Provides a pull-based durable message broker that supports queues, topics and subscriptions. A party wishing to send messages to Azure Service Bus establishes a TCP or HTTP connection to a queue or topic and pushes messages to the entity. A party wishing to receive messages from Azure Service Bus establishes a TCP or HTP connection and pulls messages from a queue or subscription.

Neuron ESB 3.0 supports both Azure Service Bus services and this topic focuses on support of Azure Service Bus Brokered Messaging via the Neuron Azure Service Bus Adapter.

For more information on support for Azure Service Bus Relay support, please see “Azure Service Bus Integration” in the “Service Endpoints” topic in the Neuron ESB 3.0 product documentation.

About the Neuron Azure Service Bus Adapter

The Neuron Azure Service Bus Adapter provides full support for the latest capabilities provided by the Windows Azure SDK version 1.7.

Once the Neuron Azure Service Bus adapter is registered and an Adapter Endpoint is created, all configuration is managed through the property grid of the Adapter located on the properties tab of the Adapter Endpoint’s Details Pane:

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Neuron Azure Service Bus Adapter – Property Grid – All configurations for adapter is managed through the property grid. Properties are divided into 3 sections, General, Publish Mode Properties, and Subscribe Mode Properties.

Please note that in order to connect to an Azure Service Bus entity with the Neuron Azure Service Bus adapter, you need to sign up for an Azure account and create an Azure Service Bus namespace with the required entities and ACS configuration. For more information, visit http://azure.com

Features

The Neuron Azure Service Bus adapter supports the following Azure Service Bus Brokered Messaging features:

  • Send to Azure Service Bus Queue
  • Send to Azure Service Bus Topic
  • Receive from Azure Service Bus Queue
  • Receive from Azure Service Bus Subscription

In addition, the Neuron Azure Service Bus adapter simplifies the development experience by providing additional capabilities typical in production scenarios without the need to write custom code including:

  • Smart Polling
  • Eventual Consistency
  • Transient Error Detection and Retry

The Neuron Azure Service Bus adapter is installed as part of the core Neuron ESB installation. The adapter is packaged into a single assembly located within the \Adapters folder under the root of the default Neuron ESB installation directory:

· Neuron.Esb.Adapters.AzureServiceBusAdapter.dll

In addition, the following assembly is required and automatically installed in the root of the folder created for the service instance name:

· Microsoft.ServiceBus.dll (Azure SDK version 1.7)

To use the adapter, it must first be registered within the Neuron ESB Explorer Adapter Registration Window. Within the Adapter Registration Window, the adapter will appear with the name “Azure Service Bus Adapter”. Once registered, a new Adapter Endpoint can be created and configured with an instance name of your choice:

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Neuron ESB Explorer Adapter Registration Window - Property Grid – Before configuring the adapter instance for Publish or Subscribe mode, the adapter must first be registered.

Supported Modes

Once the initial registration is complete, the Neuron Azure Service Bus adapter can be configured in one of 2 modes: Publish and Subscribe.

Publish

Publish mode allows Neuron ESB to monitor an Azure Service Bus Queue or Subscription by regularly polling, de-queuing all the messages, and publishing those messages to a Neuron ESB Topic. Messages are read synchronously via a one-way MEP.

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Receiving Messages from Azure Service Bus – When in Publish mode, the adapter supports receiving messages from an Azure Service Bus entity and publishing the messages on Neuron ESB.

Configuration

Configuring the Publish mode of the Neuron Azure Service Bus adapter requires that minimally, the following properties are set:

General Properties
  • Azure Service Bus Namespace Name - A registered namespace on Azure Service Bus. For example 'neudesic' would be the namespace for: sb://neudesic.servicebus.windows.net (for information on how to provision, configure and manage Azure Service Bus namespaces, please see the Azure Service Bus topic on http://azure.com).
  • Azure ACS Issuer Name – The account/claim name for authenticating to the Windows Azure Access Control Service (ACS - For information on how to provision, configure and manage Azure Access Control namespaces, please see the Azure Access Control topic on http://azure.com).
  • Azure ACS Key – The shared key used in conjunction with Azure ACS Issuer Name.
  • Azure Entity Type - Queue or Subscription
  • Azure Channel Type – Default, if outbound TCP port 9354 is open or HTTP to force communication over HTTP port 80/443 (In Default mode, the Neuron Azure Service Bus Adapter will try to connect via TCP. If outbound TCP port 9354 is not open, choose HTTP).
  • Retry Count - The number of Service Bus operations retries to attempt in the event of a transient error (for more information on this setting, see the “Understanding Transient Error Detection and Retry” topic).
  • Minimum Back-Off - The minimum number of seconds to wait before automatically retrying a Service Bus operation in the event that a transient error is encountered (for more information on this setting, see the “Understanding Transient Error Detection and Retry” topic).
  • Maximum Back-Off - The maximum number of seconds to wait before automatically retrying a Service Bus operation in the event that a transient error is encountered (for more information on this setting, see the “Understanding Transient Error Detection and Retry” topic).
Publish Properties
  • Azure Queue Name- The name of the queue that you want to receive messages from (this option appears when you choose “Queue” as the Azure Entity Type in General Properties).
  • Azure Topic Name – The name of the topic that the subscription you want to receive messages from is associated with (this option appears when you choose “Topic” as the Azure Entity Type in General Properties).
  • Azure Subscription Name - The name of the subscription you want to receive messages from (this option appears when you choose “Topic” as the Azure Entity Type in General Properties).
  • Delete After Receive – False by default. If set to True, deletes the message from the queue or topic after it is received regardless of whether it is published to Neuron successfully (for more information on this setting, see the “Understanding Eventual Consistency” topic).
  • Wait Duration - Duration (in seconds) to wait for a message on the queue or subscription to arrive before completing the poll request (for more information on this setting, see the “Understanding Smart Polling” topic).
  • Neuron Publish Topic - The Neuron topic that messages will be published to. Required for Publish mode.
  • Error Reporting – Determines how all errors are reported in the Windows Event Log and Neuron Logs. Either as Errors, Warnings or Information.
  • Error on Polling – Register failed message and exception with Neuron Audit database. Please note that a valid SQL Server database must be configured and enabled.
  • Audit Message on Failure - Determines if polling of data source continues on error and if consecutive errors are reported.

The following shows the General configuration for an instance of the Neuron Azure Service Bus adapter called “Azure - Receive” in Publish mode:

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Publish Mode General Configuration– When in Publish mode, the adapter supports receiving messages from an Azure Service Bus entity and publishing the messages on Neuron ESB.

The following shows the Properties configuration for a fully configured instance of the Neuron Azure Service Bus adapter in Publish mode:

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Publish Mode Properties Configuration– When in Publish mode, the adapter supports receiving messages from an Azure Service Bus entity and publishing the messages on Neuron ESB.

Subscribe

Subscribe mode allows Neuron ESB to write messages that are published to Neuron ESB to an Azure Service Bus queue or topic. In this manner, Neuron ESB supports the ability to bridge an Azure Service Bus entity, allowing for on-premise parties to seamlessly communicate with Azure Service Bus. Once Neuron ESB receives a message, it sends the message to an Azure Service Bus Queue or Topic.

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Sending Messages to Azure Service Bus – When in Subscribe mode, the adapter supports sending messages published on Neuron ESB to an Azure Service Bus entity.

Configuration

In addition to the General Properties covered under the Publish mode documentation, configuring the Subscribe mode of the Neuron Azure Service Bus adapter requires that minimally, the following properties are set:

Subscribe Properties
  • Adapter Send Mode - Choose Asynchronous for maximum throughput or Synchronous for maximum reliability (for more information on this setting, see the “Choosing Synchronous vs. Asynchronous” topic).
  • Adapter Queue Name - The name of the queue you want to send messages to (this option appears when you choose “Queue” as the Azure Entity Type in General Properties).
  • Adapter Topic Name - The name of the topic you want to send messages to (this option appears when you choose “Topic” as the Azure Entity Type in General Properties).

The following shows the General configuration for an instance of the Neuron Azure Service Bus adapter called “Azure - Send” in Subscribe mode:

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Subscribe Mode General Configuration– When in Subscribe mode, the adapter supports sending messages from Neuron ESB to an Azure Service Bus entity.

The following shows the Properties configuration for a fully configured instance of the Neuron Azure Service Bus adapter in Subscribe mode:

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Subscribe Mode General Configuration– When in Subscribe mode, the adapter supports sending messages from Neuron ESB to an Azure Service Bus entity.

Understanding Transient Error Detection and Retry

When working with services in general and multi-tenant PaaS services in particular, it is important to understand that in order to scale to virtually hundreds of thousands of users/applications, most services like Azure Service Bus, SQL Azure, etc. implement a throttling mechanism to ensure that the service remains available.

This is particularly important when you have a process or application that is sending or receiving a high volume of messages because in these cases, there is a high likelihood that Azure Service Bus will throttle one or several requests. When this happens, a fault/HTTP error code is returned and it is important for your application to be able to detect this fault and attempt to remediate accordingly.

Unfortunately, throttle faults are not the only errors that can occur. As with any service, security, connection and other unforeseen errors (exceptions) can and will occur, so the challenge becomes not only being able to identify the type of fault, but in addition, know what steps should be attempted to remediate.

Per the guidance provided by the Azure Customer Advisory Team (http://windowsazurecat.com/2010/10/best-practices-for-handling-transient-conditions-in-sql-azure-client-applications/), the Neuron Azure Service Bus adapter uses an exponential back-off based on the values provided for the Retry Count, Minimum Back-Off and Maximum Back-Off properties within the Properties tab for both Publish and Subscribe mode.

Given a value of 3 retries, two seconds and ten seconds respectively, the adapter will automatically determine a value between two and ten and back off exponentially one time for each retry configured:

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Exponential Back-Off Configuration– The adapter will automatically detect transient exceptions/faults and retry by implementing an exponential back-off algorithm given a retry count, initial aclip_image022nd max back-off configuration.

Taking this example, as shown in the figure on the right, if the adapter chose an initial back-off of two seconds, in the event of a transient fault being detected (i.e. throttle, timeout, etc.) the adapter would wait two seconds before trying the operation again (i.e. sending or receiving a message) and exponentially increment the starting value until either the transient error disappears or the retry count is exceeded.

In the event that the retry count is exceeded, the Neuron Azure Service Bus adapter will automatically persist a copy of the message in the audit database to ensure that no messages are lost (provided a SQL Server database has been configured).

Understanding Smart Polling

When imageconfiguring the Neuron Azure Service Bus Adapter in Publish mode, the adapter can take advantage of a Neuron ESB feature known as Smart Polling.

With Smart Polling, the adapter will connect to an Azure Service Bus queue or subscription and check for messages. If one or message is available, all messages will be immediately delivered (see “Understanding Eventual Consistency” for more information on supported read behaviors).

However, if no messages are available, the adapter will open a connection to the Azure Service Bus entity and wait for a specified timeout before attempting to initiate another poll request (essentially resulting in a long-polling behavior). In this manner, Azure Service Bus quotas are honored while ensuring that the adapter issues a receive request only when the configured timeout occurs as opposed to repeatedly polling the Azure Service Bus entity.

Understanding Eventual Consistency

When working with Azure Service Bus, it is important to note that the model for achieving consistency is different than traditional distributed transaction models. For example, when working with modern relational databases or spanning multiple services that are composed into a logical unit of work (using WS-Atomic Transactions for example), it is a common expectation that work will either be performed completely or not at all. These types of transactions have the characteristics of being atomic, consistent, independent and durable (ACID). However, to achieve this level of consistency, a resource manager is required to coordinate the work being carried out by each service/database that participates in a logical transaction.

Unfortunately, given the virtually unlimited scale of the web and cloud computing, it is impossible to deploy enough resource managers to account for the hundreds of thousands if not millions of resources required to achieve this level of consistency. Even if this were possible, the implications on achieving the scale and performance demanded by modern cloud-scale applications would be physically impossible.

Of course, consistency is still as important for applications that participate in logical transactions across or consume cloud services. An alternative approach is to leverage an eventually consistent, or basically available, soft state, eventually consistent (BASE) approach to transactions.

Ensuring Eventual Consistency in Publish Modeimage

Azure Service Bus supports this model for scenarios that require consistency and the Neuron Azure Serviced Bus adapter makes taking advantage of this capability simply a matter of setting the “Delete After Receive” property (available in the Publish Mode Settings) to False, which is the default.

When set to False, when receiving a message, the adapter will ensure that the message is not discarded from the Azure Service Bus entity until the message has been successfully published to Neuron ESB. In the event that an error occurs when attempting to publish a message, the message will be restored on the Azure Service Bus entity ensuring that it remains available for a subsequent attempt to receive the message (Please note that lock durations configured on the entity will affect the behavior of this feature. For more information, please refer to the Azure Service Bus documentation on MSDN: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee732537.aspx).

Choosing Synchronous versus Asynchronous Receive

When the Neuron Azure Service Bus adapter is configured in Subscribe mode, you can choose to send messages to an Azure Service Bus queue or topic in either synchronous or asynchronous mode by setting the Adapter Send Mode property to either “Asynchronous” or “Synchronous” in the Subscribe Mode Property group.

If reliability is a top priority such that the possibility of message loss cannot be tolerated, it is recommended that you choose Synchronous. In this mode, the adapter will transmit messages to an Azure Service Bus queue or topic at rate of about 4 or 5 per second. While it is possible to increase this throughput by adding additional adapters in subscribe mode, as a general rule, use this mode when choosing reliability at the expense of performance/throughput.

To contrast, if performance/low-latency/throughput is a top priority, configuring the adapter to send asynchronously will result in significantly higher throughput (by several orders of magnitude). While the send performance in this mode is much higher, in the event of a catastrophic failure (server crash, out of memory exception) it is possible for messages that have left the Neuron ESB process but have not yet been transmitted to the Azure Service Bus (i.e. are in memory) the possibility for message loss is much higher than when in synchronous mode because of the significantly higher density of messages being transmitted.

Other Scenarios

Temporal Decoupling

clip_image024One of the benefits of any queue-based messaging pattern is that the publisher/producer is decoupled from the subscribers/consumers. As a result, parties interested in a given message can be added and removed without any knowledge of the publisher/producer.

By persisting the message until an interested party receives the message, the sending party is further decoupled from the receiving party because the receiving party need not be available at the time the message was written to persistence store. Azure Service Bus supports temporal decoupling with both queues and topics because they are durable entities.clip_image026

As a result, a party that writes new order messages to an Azure Service Bus queue can do so uninhibitedly as shown below:

When you configure an instance of the Neuron Azure Service Bus adapter in Publish mode, you can disable the adapter by unchecking the “Enabled” box. Any new messages written to the Azure Service Bus queue or subscription will persist until the adapter is enabled once again.

Competing Consumers

Another messaging pattern that allows you to take advantage of the benefits of pull-based pub-sub model from a performance and scalability perspective is to adjust the number of consumers supported by the resources available to you and keep adding consumers until throughput requirements are met.

To take advantage of this pattern with the Neuron Azure Service Bus adapter and Azure Service Bus, simply add additional instances of the Publishing adapter as needed:

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Competing Consumers –Adding additional consumers with Neuron Azure Service Bus is simply a matter of adding additional instances of the Publishing adapter.

Property Table

 

The following table provides details for each property exposed through the Neuron Explorer UI:

Section Name

Property Name

Required

Description

General

   

These properties are used for all modes of the adapter

 

Azure Service Bus Namespace Name

Yes

A registered namespace on Azure Service Bus. For example 'neudesic' would be the namespace for: sb://neudesic.servicebus.windows.net

 

Azure ACS Issuer Name

Yes

The account/claim name for authenticating to the Windows Azure Access Control Service (ACS)

 

Azure ACS Key

Yes

The shared key used in conjunction with Azure ACS Issuer Name.

 

Azure Entity Type

Yes

Default Queue. Queue or Topic

 

Azure Channel Type

Yes

Default is Default. Default, if outbound TCP port 9354 is open or HTTP to force communication over HTTP port 80/443

 

Retry Count

Yes

Default 5. The number of Service Bus operations retries to attempt in the event of a transient error (for more information on this setting, see the “Understanding Transient Error Detection and Retry” topic).

 

Minimum Back Off

Yes

Default 3. The minimum number of seconds to wait before automatically retrying a Service Bus operation in the event that a transient error is encountered (for more information on this setting, see the “Understanding Transient Error Detection and Retry” topic).

 

Maximum Back Off

Yes

Default 3. The maximum number of seconds to wait before automatically retrying a Service Bus operation in the event that a transient error is encountered (for more information on this setting, see the “Understanding Transient Error Detection and Retry” topic).

Publish Properties

   

These properties are only used when the adapter is in either Request/Response or Publish mode.

Azure Queue Name

Yes

The name of the queue that you want to receive messages from (this option appears when you choose “Queue” as the Azure Entity Type in General Properties).

Azure Topic Name

Yes

The name of the topic that the subscription you want to receive messages from is associated with (this option appears when you choose “Topic” as the Azure Entity Type in General Properties).

Azure Subscription Name

Yes

The name of the subscription you want to receive messages from (this option appears when you choose “Topic” as the Azure Entity Type in General Properties).

Delete After Receive

Yes

Default False. If set to True, deletes the message from the queue or topic after it is received regardless of whether it is published to Neuron successfully (for more information on this setting, see the “Understanding Eventual

Wait Duration

Yes

Default 5. Duration (in seconds) to wait for a message on the queue or subscription to arrive before completing the poll request (for more information on this setting, see the “Understanding Smart Polling” topic).

Neuron Publish Topic

Yes

The Neuron topic that messages will be published to. Required for Publish mode.

Error Reporting

Yes

Default Error. Determines how all errors are reported in the Windows Event Log and Neuron Logs. Either as Errors, Warnings or Information.

Error on Polling

Yes

Default Stop Polling On Error. Register failed message and exception with Neuron Audit database. Please note that a valid SQL Server database must be configured and enabled.

Audit Message on Failure

Yes

Default False. Determines if polling of data source continues on error and if consecutive errors are reported.

Subscribe Properties

   

These properties are only used when the adapter is in either Solicit/Response or Request/Response mode.

Adapter Send Mode

Yes

Default Asynchronous. Choose Asynchronous for maximum throughput or Synchronous for maximum reliability (for more information on this setting, see the “Choosing Synchronous vs. Asynchronous” topic).

Adapter Queue Name

Yes

The name of the queue you want to send messages to (this option appears when you choose “Queue” as the Azure Entity Type in General Properties).

Adapter Topic Name

Yes

The name of the topic you want to send messages to (this option appears when you choose “Topic” as the Azure Entity Type in General Properties).

Message Format

Azure Service Bus uses a proprietary message envelope called a Brokered Message as the unit of communication between all messaging entities including queues, topics and subscriptions.

Publish Mode

In Publish mode, the Neuron Azure Service Bus Adapter will automatically map the body of the incoming Brokered Message to the Body property of the Neuron ESBMessage serializing the payload based on the detected encoding type as follows:

 

BrokeredMessage.ContentType

ESBMessage.Header.BodyType

text/plain

text/plain

text/xml

text/xml

application/msbin-1

application/msbin-1

binary/bytes

binary/bytes

Other

text/xml

Note per the table above that unless otherwise specified, the Neuron Azure Service Bus adapter will assume that the incoming message payload is text/xml.

In addition, any properties stored in the Property property bag of the BrokeredMessage will be automatically mapped to the ESBMessage property bag provided the “Include Metadata” option is checked on the General tab in the Adapter Endpoints configuration. An exception to this rule is that the adapter will always map the BrokeredMessage.LockToken to the ESBMessage property bag with the same name regardless of whether “Include Metadata” is checked.

Subscribe Mode

In Subscribe mode, the Neuron Azure Service Bus Adapter will automatically create a new Brokered Message for each transmission and map the body of an outgoing ESBMessage to the new message body as follows:

 

ESBMessage.Header.BodyType

BrokeredMessage.ContentType

text/plain

text/plain

text/xml

text/xml

application/msbin-1

application/msbin-1

binary/bytes

binary/bytes

Other

text/xml

In addition, any properties stored in the Property property bag of the ESBMessage will be automatically mapped to the BrokeredMessage property bag provided the “Include Metadata” option is checked on the General tab in the Adapter Endpoints configuration.

Brokered Message Limitations

Note that the total payload size for Azure Service Bus messages is 256KB. The Neuron Azure Service Bus adapter will throw a runtime exception if a message greater than or equal to 256KB is sent and will save the message to the failed audit table.

Wrapping Up

Thanks for your interest and please don’t hesitate to hit me with questions, comments and feedback. If you see something missing, I’d love to hear from you as we are already starting to think about features for v.Next.

I had a ton of fun writing this adapter and would like to that the Neuron product team for allowing me to make this small contribution to this incredible release.

This adapter is just a small part of this major release and I hope this post has peeked your interest in checking out Neuron ESB. Getting up and running is super simple and you can download the trial bits here: http://products.neudesic.com/

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