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From James Birdsall <jb...@microsoft.com>
Subject RE: Setting message annotations on send in AMQP 1.0
Date Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:36:36 GMT
We're only looking at strings and int types, at least right now. In this specific instance,
I need to set an annotation named "x-opt-partition-key" to some string.

If we're talking long-term, then an easier way to retrieve annotations on received messages
would be nice, too. It looks like I can get a list of Sections via Message.getPayload, search
for a Section which is a MessageAnnotations, and get the Map out of that -- but that's hardly

I'm told that we can already filter on annotations at receive time, using the syntax amqp.annotation.annotationname
(e.g. "amqp.annotation.x-opt-offset > '-1'"). Using the same naming convention via the
standard application properties getter/setter seems like an obvious way to go.

-----Original Message-----
From: Rob Godfrey [mailto:rob.j.godfrey@gmail.com] 
Sent: Thursday, August 21, 2014 11:43 AM
To: users@qpid.apache.org
Subject: Re: Setting message annotations on send in AMQP 1.0

Hi James,

I think the best thing would be to try to do something inline with the where the AMQP 1.0
JMS Mapping is going.  In particular that is trying to ensure that people never have to use
API outside of the standard JMS API - by doing this you'll also be future proofing your users
against us changing the underlying implementation of the client in the future.

I think the way we would be looking to achieve this is by using a special naming convention
in the standard application properties to send and receive delivery and message annotations.

Robbie Gemmell is leading the AMQP <-> JMS effort - perhaps he can give us a steer /
start mocking up how we are going to achieve this in the future specification.

Also, what sort of values are you looking to put into the annotations - will they be Strings
/ ints / other basic types or are you looking to send more complicated AMQP structured content?


On 21 August 2014 19:51, James Birdsall <jbird@microsoft.com> wrote:

> ---Original Message-----
> From: Gordon Sim [mailto:gsim@redhat.com]
> >On 08/21/2014 03:29 AM, James Birdsall wrote:
> >> For interop, I need to put values into the message annotations when
> sending a message, but that doesn't seem to be possible. Annotations 
> can be set via message constructors, but those are not public, and the 
> public message create functions in Session/SessionImpl do not offer a 
> way to pass annotation values. And then once you have a message 
> object, there are no setters that put values in the map. Short of 
> hacking setStringAnnotation() into MessageImpl, I think I'm stuck. Have I missed something?
> >Which API is this with?
> This is the JMS AMQP 1.0 client. We (Azure ServiceBus) have customers 
> using/who want to use the Qpid JMS client with our AMQP 1.0 support 
> and I'm trying to prepare samples to show how to use some of our newest features.
> If I'm right, is there any philosophical objection to adding
> MessageImpl.setStringAnnotation() or the equivalent? I'm willing to do 
> the coding and testing and submit a patch. Telling customers that the 
> feature will be accessible in 0.32 (or whenever) is a better story 
> than just "sorry".
> --James
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