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Microsoft Windows Azure Development Cookbook by Neil Mackenzie

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Managing Windows Azure queues

A Windows Azure Queue Service queue provides a way to decouple the connection between two roles, so that one role can request another role to perform some task. The producing role inserts into the queue a message containing the details of the request. The consuming role polls the queue and, on getting the message, performs the associated task. If necessary, the consuming role can insert a message in another queue indicating the completion of the task.

A more general view is that the Queue service provides a way to manage the processing of a task, so that it is more robust against failure. Windows Azure is a scalable system and it is possible that a component of the system could fail at any time, causing the loss of ...

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