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MSMQ - beginreceive

MSMQ - beginreceive

I have the following example:

    Private Sub StartListening()
        Dim myReceiveQueue As MessageQueue
            ' open the receive queue
            myReceiveQueue = New _

            ' set the receive queue formatter
            myReceiveQueue.Formatter = New XmlMessageFormatter( _
               New Type() {GetType(System.String)})

            ' add a handler for the ReceiveCompleted event and
            ' call BeginReceive
            AddHandler myReceiveQueue.ReceiveCompleted, _
               AddressOf MSMQ_ReceiveCompleted

        Catch ex As Exception
            MessageBox.Show("Generic Exception was thrown: " _
               & ex.Source & ": " & ex.Message)
        End Try
    End Sub

    Public Sub MSMQ_ReceiveCompleted( _
       ByVal p_source As Object, _
       ByVal p_objAsyncResult As ReceiveCompletedEventArgs)
        Dim myMessage As Message
        Dim myMessageQueue As MessageQueue

        ' cast the source parm to a MessageQueue object
        myMessageQueue = CType(p_source, MessageQueue)

        ' calling EndReceive will return the message that was received
        myMessage = myMessageQueue.EndReceive( _

        ' do something useful with the message

    End Sub

This sample works well but I wonder one thing. I want the listener to be listening all the time on that queue. What is the best approach? Starting a BeginReceive once a message is read? Or, how do I "loop" it the best way?

RE: MSMQ - beginreceive

When you call BeginReceive, if there's nothing to be read, it will block until some other thread/process writes to the queue.

If you're reading more than one message (like you're writing a server app that programs send messages to over the day), you should add another call to BeginReceive at the end of your receive handler event to kick off the process again.

Chip H.

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