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Using Queues

Service Bus queues provide a traditional first in first out (FIFO) model for exchanging messages. Messages are typically sent to a queue from a sending application and received by a receiving application. Although the Service Bus brokered messaging infrastructure is hosted in Windows Azure data centers the sending and receiving applications can be cloud-based or on-premise. This makes Service Bus queues a versatile communication mechanism.

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Whilst Service Bus queues have some similarities with the queues found in Windows Azure Storage services they provide more sophisticated features that make them a much better choice when implementing enterprise applications. Service Bus queues support sessions, dead lettering, message deferral, duplicate detection and message expiration.

This section will provide an overview of the classes used to connect to Service Bus queues and send and receive messages. Many of the topics covered in this section can be applied when sending messages to topics and receiving messages from subscriptions.

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