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Azure in Action by Brian Prince, Chris Hay

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Chapter 16. Messaging with the queue

This chapter covers

  • Loosely coupling your system
  • Distributing work to a group of service providers
  • Learning how to use messaging

Queues are the third part of the Azure storage system (after BLOBs and tables). The concept of queues has been around a long time, and it’s likely that you’ve worked with some technology related to queues already.

A common architectural goal during design is to produce a system that’s tightly integrated, but also loosely coupled. Any sizable system usually has several components, and whether these components are running in the same memory space, or on different boxes, they need to work closely together. This is what is meant by “tightly integrated.” These different components ...

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