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From Gordon Sim <g...@redhat.com>
Subject Re: Sender name vs address (C++ messaging API)
Date Wed, 17 Aug 2011 18:36:50 GMT
On 08/17/2011 07:44 AM, Toralf Lund wrote:
> Gordon Sim wrote:
>> On 08/16/2011 04:16 PM, Toralf Lund wrote:
>>> The QPid "messaging" API will allow me to create a sender by address,
>>> but (only) look up existing senders by name - the
>>> qpid::messaging::Session class has:
>>> Sender createSender(const Address &address);
>>> Sender createSender(const std::string &address);
>>> Sender getSender(const std::string &name);
>>> Can I make *any* assumptions about the name given an address? Is there a
>>> way to look up a sender created earlier for an address? Or isn't this
>>> supposed to be possible? In that case, what exactly is getSender() for?
>>> I mean, I'm assuming name is given by Sender::getName(), but requiring a
>>> Sender to allow the lookup sort of defeats the purpose of the whole
>>> method. OK, you can could maintain an address-to-name map, but then it's
>>> probably easier to store the Sender objects.
>>> It seems like the name is quite simply identical to the address if
>>> something simple like a queue name was passed on create, but I suspect
>>> it's not quite that simple for more complex addresses...
>> At present the C++ client will use the address name as the name for
>> the sender or receiver where it can do so without ambiguity.
>> If you create two senders (or two receivers) for the same address,
>> then the second will have a numeric suffix added to the name to
>> distinguish them.
>> So e.g.
>> Sender s1 = ssn.createSender("my-node");
>> Sender s2 = ssn.createSender("my-node/my-subject");
>> would result in s1 having name 'my-node', but s2 having name 'my-node_2'.
> OK.
>> I would like to augment the logic to use the link name instead of the
>> node name if explicitly specified in order to give more control where
>> that is needed. Does that sound useful to you?
> Uh, I must admit it is not entirely clear to me what a link name might
> represent, but maybe...

A 'link' is the logical association between a sender or receiver and 
their target or source respectively. It a pathway along which messages 
travel to or from some 'node'.

> What I'm looking for is a clear and consistent
> way to distinguish senders in a case rather your example above, only I'd
> use something more like:
> Sender s1 = ssn.createSender("my-node/my-subject");
> Sender s2 = ssn.createSender("my-node/some-other-subject");
> using 'my-node' and 'my-node_2' for addressing might work, but is
> obviously not ideal. Specifying an additional id of some kind would
> probably be OK.

My initial thought was to use the link name. However on reflection that 
isn't really ideal either.

What you really want is a way to give the senders a name of your own 
choosing *independent* of the address used (likewise for receivers).

So either an overloaded createSender()/createReceiver() method that 
additionally took a name to use and/or a Sender::setName() to alter the 
name once you have created the sender. I think I prefer the former.

> Not that I'm sure I'll set up the senders that way in the final
> application - this is prototyping...
> - Toralf
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