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How do dequeue messages from a MSMQ Queue in a service hosted in a WPF application?

Posted on 2013-07-01
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Hi:

I have a WPF application that's hosting a WebService in a thread.
Clients connect to the service and send commands over the wire to the service.
The service in turn, places messages on queue to be consumed by the WPF application.
The WPF application connects to the queue and  dequeues the message (consumes) and takes appropriate action.

So the flow of control is:
External App --> WebService           --> WPF Application
Sends msg           hosted on thread       receives msg
--------------       in WPF application      & takes appropriate action

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This all works fine and well.

Now, I need to push notifications from my WPF app back to the WebService. From there, the WebService can call back (via call back to the client). I want to keep that line of communication separate from the Service->WPFHostApp MsgQueue, so I created a new MsgQueue for pushing pushing messages from the WPFHostApp->Service.

So the flow of control back to the host isis:
 WPF Application --> WebService                 --> In turn WebService
 Sends message        receives msg and             notifies client application.
 on msg queue          takes appropriate action

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The question I have is, what is the best method for pulling messages of the (WPFHostApp->Service) MsgQueue? Remember that this will be done in Service. I tried using
launching a new thread and doing Application.Current.Dispatcher.BeginInvoke()

 
void RPIReturnMessageProcessorThread_DoWork(object sender, DoWorkEventArgs e)
{
          // First thing is to remove all the previous messages in the queue
         this.m_RPIReturnMessageQueue.Purge();

         while (true)
         { 
             Application.Current.Dispatcher.BeginInvoke(
                 new Action(
                     () =>
                     {
                         var message = m_RPIReturnMessageQueue.Receive();
                         if (message != null)
                         {
                             Console.WriteLine("GetStatus Message Received");
                             Console.WriteLine(message.Body.ToString());
 
                             ClientCallBackNotification.Notification("Reporting Facility",
                                                                 "GetStatus return parameter values.",
                                                                 message.Body);
                          }
                     }
             ), null);

         }
  }

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However, this did not work as expected. It basically hung the machine (ate up the CPU).
I would like to keep this basic architecture. I just need assistance in pulling messages of a queue within a thread (hosted service).

Thanks,
JohnB
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in your while scope u create new Action every loop, which eventually causes the machine to hung.
for .net 4 and later use the example shown here:
http://angelolaris.blogspot.co.il/2012/02/comparing-old-and-new-asynchronous-msmq.html
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