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AzureMate Desktop System - Explorer Queues Form Page Explained

Hello and welcome to AzureMate, Windows Azure Cloud Data Storage Explorer System, Queues Form Page. The Queue Storage System in Azure is a first message in, first message out system, similar to Windows Queue System. Messages are added to the End of the Queues and are Dequeued and Deleted at the Start of the Queues.
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This AzureMate Queue Storage Manager form provides you with the ability to manipulate the currently used Azure Storage Account's Queue Containers and their message data. The operations on the queue containers include:

  • Creating new Queue containers.
  • Uploading new messages to containers.
  • Deleting existing containers with all of their messages.
  • Clearing containers of all existing messages.
  • Dequeuing and Deleting first messages from containers.

Important Note
The maximum message size is restricted to 65,536 Characters for each message of text content and about 49,152 Bytes for binary content.

AzureMate implements paging only on displayed Queue Containers. Displayed messages can't be paged as you can peek and display only up to first 32 messages, no matter how many more messages a Queue contains. You can set how many containers and messages to display at a time in the Form's Settings manager. The default is 25 containers, 32 messages and to dequeue 1 message when you first start AzureMate.

Tips
When you are exploring your messages here, always be aware of the Page Button on top. If it is disabled, there are no more Queue pages, if it is enabled, there are more Queues available.

In some cases Buttons rely on something to be written into an updatable grid's field or into a text box to get enabled and as you type they remain disabled until you hit the Enter or Tab key on your keyboard.

Any time you are not sure of something while running AzureMate, press the F1 function key (usually situated on top of your keyboard) for extensive context help.

The grids may contain one or more fields that are too short to display fully and show the continuation mark '...'. You can point into these fields with your mouse and the editor will display the words fully as a tip. You can also widen the columns to show more content.

Queues Explorer Form

When you look at the top right corner of the page you will see the currently selected storage account's total number of Blob, Table and Queue containers.

Following table contains all the available elements for review.

Element Description
TreeView
on left
This Tree-View contains either all or paged Queue Containers and their messages. It is separated from the List-View of Queue Messages on the right by an invisible vertical line which serves for making either of the views wider or shorter by moving your mouse horizontally between them until the line appears. Grab the line with your mouse and move it to the left or right as desired.

There is no context menu (right clicking your mouse) associated with this Tree-View. Left click any tree branch to reveal messages on the right List-View.
List-View
on right

This List-View may contain only up to first 32 Messages, depending on what you click and select in the Tree-View on left and in the Form's Setting of limit of peeked messages.

There is a context menu (right clicking your mouse) associated with this List-View. It contains two menu choices:

View Message
When you select (highlight) only one item for viewing, right click the highlighted item to select View Message to view it. The Message is Not dequeued by this operation
You can also double click the required message to view it.

Save Message
When you select (highlight) only one item for saving, right click the highlighted item to Copy the contents of selected message into a temporary file. A file name is generated by your system and used in creating, or overwriting if it exists, a text file with the contents of the message and put into sub folder \QueueMessages (created if it does not exist) of your runtime folder.

Since the file name is a gibberish, you should rename the file to a more understanding name. If the message is successfully copied, a Windows Notepad pops up showing the message. If there is no message, this option is Disabled. The Message is Not dequeued by this operation.

Important Note
The existing Queue Messages can't be Edited or otherwise Modified.

Depending on how busy the selected Queue is, messages may be dequeued constantly or new messages may be arriving immediately so you could be displaying messages that already do not exist.

Hyper-link:
New Container

Left click this link button to start the process of creating a new Queue Container. When you click this link button, the Create new Container manager will appear asking you for the new container Name. Once you enter a name it will create the container and add it here.

Important Note
The new Queue container you just successfully created may be hidden by the paging process and not displayed here.

Hyper-link:
Delete Container
Left click this link button to start the process of deleting the selected Queue Container from the currently used storage account. Be cautious, if the container contains any messages, they are all deleted with it!
Hyper-link:
Refresh Containers
Left click this link button to start the process of refreshing the available Queue Containers in the currently used storage account for new display. When you click this link button, any available pages of Queues are disregarded and new are created if necessary.
Button:
Next Page
of Containers
Left click this button to start the process of retrieving the next page of available Queue Containers in the currently used storage account for display. When you click this button, the next page of available Queue Containers is added to the display. This button is Disabled if there are no more pages available.
Hyper-link:
Upload
New Message

Left click this link button to start the process of uploading new message to the selected Queue Container. When you click this link button, the Add Message Manager form appears where you can add a message. If you do add a message record there, all pages of Queues are preserved here.

Important Note
If you have more than 32 messages contained in the selected Queue or your limit of displayed (peeked) messages setting is set low, the new message may not get to be displayed here.

Hyper-link:
Clear Queue

Left click this link button to start the process of deleting all Messages in the currently selected Queue. When you click this link button, the currently selected Queue is cleared of all messages. If you do clear the Queue, all pages of Queues are preserved.

Important Note
After this operation succeeds, depending how busy the Queue is, new messages may be arriving immediately.

Button:
Dequeue
First Messages

Left click this button to start the process of Dequeuing and Deleting first Message(s) in the currently selected Queue. When you click this button, depending on your setting of how many messages to dequeue at a time (limit 32), the currently selected Queue's first messages are dequeued and deleted. If you do dequeue first message(s), all pages of Queues are preserved.

Important Note
After this operation succeeds, depending how busy the Queue is, new messages may be arriving immediately.

Button:
Form Settings
Left click this button to start the process of applying various settings to this form. When you click this button, the Explore Queues Settings Manager form appears where you can set your queue pagination, messages display and dequeue settings.
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