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From Rob Davies <>
Subject Re: Newbie questions
Date Wed, 14 May 2008 19:33:59 GMT

On 14 May 2008, at 20:18, code.junkie wrote:

> Hi All,
> I am planning to use ActiveMQ with a java project that I am working  
> on. I am
> planning to use a queue with persisted for reliable messaging  
> ( guaranteed
> messaging ). In that regard I have couple of questions for which I  
> would
> love to get some views on:
Great! persistence is the default delivery mode for Queues - so no  
problems there.
> 1) It is my understanding that I can either use ActiveMQ's APIs  
> directly or
> use via JMS ( using jndi). I am not sure what is the advantage of  
> using the
> JMS approach over using the activemq's apis directly?
Keeping to the JMS interface directly will give you more independence  
- though things may be a little easier to get started if you use an  
ActiveMQConnectionFactory directly.
However,  instead of JNDI you could use Spring - see
> 2) I am planning to use batching for sending messages (persistent)  
> to the
> queue and was confused by reading
> Should I still be using jms.useAsyncSend=true in case of batching ?
The easiest way to batch messages is to use a transaction - see

  - that will send async anyway though the commit will be synchronous
> 3) What is a good practice for consumer? Should I be reading the  
> messages
> from the queue within a transaction?  ( The reason being that I am  
> using
> Session.SESSION_TRANSACTED for the producer, so what should be the  
> proper
> way in consumer assuming producer and consumer processes at the same  
> speed)
Why not use transactions for the consumer ? - there maybe a marginal  
improvement in performance - as it allows us to batch up the  
acknowledgements back to the server.
Note of caution though - ensure the transaction boundary is smaller  
than the prefetch size - see
it makes the broker have to work less!
> Thanks in advance!
> - Rakesh
> 3)
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