Exploring Azure Service Bus and Azure Queue Storage Queues

We can develop message-based solutions using either Service Bus or Queue Storage Queues

Will Velida

--

In four weeks time, I plan to take my AZ-204 exam. I’ve been working with Azure in my day-to-day job for almost 2 years now, but taking a look at the exam skills outline, there are a few technologies on there that I’ve never touched before.

So in order to help my preparation for the exam, I plan to write a series of blog posts on each skill measured. Hopefully this will not just reinforce my learning, but also help others who may be taking AZ-204 themselves, or just want to learn something new.

In this article, I’m going to be looking at the two technologies tested for developing message-based solutions, Azure Service Bus and Azure Queue Storage queues. My team primarily uses Event Hubs as our messaging broker, so it’s going to be interesting to learn what Service Bus and Queue Storage can offer.

For this tutorial, I’ll be developing a Azure Function app that will send messages to both Service Bus and Queue Storage (via separate POST requests). The full sample code can be found here.

What is Azure Service Bus?

Service Bus is a fully managed enterprise-level messaging broker that allows applications to communicate with each other in a way that’s reliable and secure. Messages are raw data that can be sent asynchronously to Service Bus which can then be processed by another application that is connected to Service Bus. These messages can be in JSON, XML or just text format.

There are a few components that make up Service Bus:

Namespace

This is a container for all messaging components. A single namespace can contain multiple queues and topics, and namespaces can serve as application containers. If our app has different components, we can connect these components to the topics and queues that are in the namespace.

Queues

These are the container of messages where messages are sent and received from. The queue will store the message until our receiving application retrieves that message and processes it. This works on a FIFO (First-In

--

--

Will Velida

Lead Software Engineer at Azenix | Ex-MSFT | International Conference Speaker. | GitHub: https://github.com/willvelida