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Using the Service Bus Management Portal

The AppFabric management portal provides an interface for the creation and deleting of queues, topics and subscriptions. A screenshot of the interface is shown below.

 

For simple scenarios the Service Bus portal is a quick way to create the messaging entities required and remove them after use.  The AppFabric Management Portal currently has the following limitations when displaying topics, queues and subscriptions.

Maximum number of queues per namespace

25

Maximum number of topics per namespace

25

Maximum number of subscriptions per topic

5

 

There is also currently no way to view or set the MaxDeliveryCount property of queues and subscriptions using this interface.

When developing applications that use a number of queues, topics and subscriptions, of that require properties of these entities to be set to specific values a scripted or programmatic approach will be more effective. This is especially true when deleting a number of messaging entities.

Creating a Queue

Queues are created under a service bus namespace. When a namespace is selected the New Queue button becomes active. Clicking the New Queue button will show the following dialog box.

The name of the queue must be specified, and must be valid. The properties can either be left with the default values or assigned new values depending on the requirements of the system.

Descriptions of these properties will be provided later in the chapter.

Creating a Topic

Topics are created under a service bus namespace. When a namespace is selected the New Topic button is enabled. Clicking the New Topic button will show the following dialog box.

The properties available on a topic are the ones applicable to the enqueueing of messages.

Creating a Subscription

Subscriptions are created under a topic. When a topic is selected the New Subscription button is enabled. Clicking the New Topic button will show the following dialog box.

 

The properties available on a subscription are the ones applicable to the storing and dequeuing of messages.

Although subscriptions can be created using the AppFabric management portal there is currently no option to specify a subscription filter or action. This means that any subscriptions created in the portal will subscribe to all messages that are enqueued to the topic. If subscriptions with filters are to be created, which is often the most common scenario; the direct programming model should be used.

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