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Special Edition Using® Microsoft® ASP.NET by Richard Leinecker

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Message Queues and Messaging Basics

A message is a unit of data sent between two computers. A message can be very simple, consisting of just a string of text, or more complex, possibly involving embedded objects.

Messages are sent to queues. A message queue is a container that holds messages while they are in transit. The Message Queue Manager acts as the middleman in relaying a message from its source to its destination. A queue’s main purpose is to provide routing and guarantee the delivery of messages; if the recipient is not available when a message is sent, the queue holds the message until it can be successfully delivered.

Message Queuing, Microsoft’s messaging technology, provides messaging and message queue facilities for any application ...

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