Enterprise Integration Patterns
Messaging Patterns
Polling ConsumerPolling ConsumerMessaging Patterns » Messaging Endpoints

An application needs to consume Messages, but it wants to control when it consumes each message.

How can an application consume a message when the application is ready?

The application should use a Polling Consumer, one that explicitly makes a call when it wants to receive a message.

This is also known as a synchronous receiver, because the receiver thread blocks until a message is received. We call it a Polling Consumer because the receiver polls for a message, processes it, then polls for another. As a convenience, messaging API’s usually provide a receive method that blocks until a message is delivered, in addition to methods like receiveNoWait() and Receive(0) that return immediately if no message is available. This difference is only apparent when the receiver is polling faster than messages are arriving.

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Related patterns: Competing Consumers, Durable Subscriber, Event-Driven Consumer, Message, Message Dispatcher, Selective Consumer, Transactional Client

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
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