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Messaging Patterns

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Many patterns in this chapter present ways to route messages to the proper destination without the originating application being aware of the ultimate destination of the message. Most of the patterns focused on specific types of routing logic. However, in aggregate, these patterns solve a bigger problem.

How can you decouple the destination of a message from the sender and maintain central control over the flow of messages?

Use a central Message Broker that can receive messages from multiple destinations, determine the correct destination and route the message to the correct channel. Implement the internals of the Message Broker using the design patterns presented in this chapter.

Using a central Message Broker is sometimes referred to as hub-and-spoke architectural style, which appears to be a descriptive name when looking at the diagram above.


Related patterns: Canonical Data Model, Event-Driven Consumer, Message Channel, Message Endpoint, Message Router, Pipes and Filters, Point-to-Point Channel, Publish-Subscribe Channel, Recipient List

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Enterprise Integration Patterns
Gregor Hohpe and Bobby Woolf
ISBN 0321200683
650 pages
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Table of Contents
Solving Integration Problems using Patterns
Integration Styles
File Transfer
Shared Database
Remote Procedure Invocation
Messaging Systems
Message Channel
Pipes and Filters
Message Router
Message Translator
Message Endpoint
Messaging Channels
Point-to-Point Channel
Publish-Subscribe Channel
Datatype Channel
Invalid Message Channel
Dead Letter Channel
Guaranteed Delivery
Channel Adapter
Messaging Bridge
Message Bus
Message Construction
Command Message
Document Message
Event Message
Return Address
Correlation Identifier
Message Sequence
Message Expiration
Format Indicator
Interlude: Simple Messaging
JMS Request/Reply Example
.NET Request/Reply Example
JMS Publish/Subscribe Example
Message Routing
Content-Based Router
Message Filter
Dynamic Router
Recipient List
Composed Msg. Processor
Routing Slip
Process Manager
Message Broker
Message Transformation
Envelope Wrapper
Content Enricher
Content Filter
Claim Check
Canonical Data Model
Interlude: Composed Messaging
Synchronous (Web Services)
Asynchronous (MSMQ)
Asynchronous (TIBCO)
Messaging Endpoints
Messaging Gateway
Messaging Mapper
Transactional Client
Polling Consumer
Event-Driven Consumer
Competing Consumers
Message Dispatcher
Selective Consumer
Durable Subscriber
Idempotent Receiver
Service Activator
System Management
Control Bus
Wire Tap
Message History
Message Store
Smart Proxy
Test Message
Channel Purger
Interlude: Systems Management Example
Instrumenting Loan Broker
Integration Patterns in Practice
Case Study: Bond Trading System
Concluding Remarks
Emerging Standards
Revision History