Arcus Messaging has been around for quite a while now. It was created to remove the huge hurdle of rewriting the same boilerplate for processing message queues.
On March 27th, 2020 we’ve announced Arcus Messaging for the first time, this was the start of a new journey to where we are today.
The Arcus Messaging now has an upgrade in how you can interact with messages coming from Azure Service Bus.
Previous versions had set up a message handling system where messages could be routed and processed according to contextual information, but it didn’t cover all the scenarios that our customers have, for example, it didn’t provide a way to manually dead-letter a message.
When you decide you want to dead-letter the message, you’ll have to implement
Note that because the fallback message handlers have more control over the original Azure Service Bus message, they will have to pass along the message to the base operations.
Registering this fallback message handler is just the same as when implementing the interface:
If you decide you want to abandon the message when the order is not recognized, or the message context is invalid, you’ll have to implement
Note that in the regular message handling you don’t have to specify which message to abandon. This is all done behind the scenes, so the message handler only has to focus on the message processing and call the specific Azure Service Bus message operations when necessary.
The registration of this kind of message handler is just the same as any other regular message handler can can be added with the
That's not all!
We’ve released more improvements such as:
- Less verbose logging for our message pump and TCP health probes. All telemetry is still there, but moved to Trace verbosity
- Additional correlation extensions to pass along your own custom operation/transation ID property name
All improvements help the developer and consumer to be in more control of our messaging functionality.
What's on the horizon?
We are exploring how we can make our message handler approach available to customers using Azure Functions to provide a consistent experience. This would mean that Azure Functions would act as the message pump, but you can re-use your existing message handlers.
Next to that, we are working hard to give customers more control in how incoming messages are being deserialized before they’re passed to the message handling.
Thank you very much for reading and happy messaging!
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