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  • The end of the legacy Azure Service Bus transport

    A while back, we introduced a brand new transport for use with Azure Service Bus. This transport was a necessary step in our Azure offering to allow users to target .NET Standard and .NET Core. It also used the new Microsoft.Azure.ServiceBus client rather than the older, deprecated client.

    More importantly, it started the process of deprecating the now-legacy Azure Service Bus transport. At the time, we didn’t have details about how we would do that; now we do.

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  • Usability enhancements in ServicePulse 1.25

    One of the challenges in building a distributed software system is that with so many processes doing their own thing, it can be hard to get the bird’s-eye view of what’s going on. Is everything healthy? Is the performance ok? Is there anything going on that could cause a problem?

    ServicePulse is our application for monitoring your entire distributed system. It’s where heartbeats tell you if endpoints are healthy or have failed. It’s where our monitoring tools tell you how many messages are in each queue, how long it’s taking to process those message, and if the system is able to keep up with the load or is falling behind. It’s also where you find out if messages have failed processing, see the error (without having to dig through log files), and get the system back on track once the error is fixed.

    In this post we’ll tell you about some of the usability enhancements we’ve added in our new version, ServicePulse 1.25.

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  • Getting NServiceBus ready for the cloud

    More and more companies are realizing that it’s in their best interest to move to the cloud. As software consultants at Headspring, we’re often tasked with helping organizations migrate their highly complex legacy systems to modern cloud environments. For clients using NServiceBus to facilitate messaging, moving to the cloud without it seems untenable. So how do we prepare to take NServiceBus with us?

    For complex software systems like the ones we’re used to working with, moving to the cloud often involves more than a simple “lift and shift.” NServiceBus proves to be just as valuable in a cloud environment, but various aspects of its configuration and integration into the system need to be modified in order to take full advantage.

    One of our recent clients—a government agency—was already using NServiceBus and wanted to migrate their system to Azure. The steps we took to get NServiceBus ready to run in Azure may be helpful to you as you map your own cloud moves. I’ll walk you through exactly what we had to do differently in the cloud, explain the hybrid-cloud solution we built with NServiceBus for reporting, and demonstrate how we handled logging in the cloud, as well as our client’s need to run locally on occasion.

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  • How the Swedish Transport Agency learned distributed systems in six months

    For better or for worse, online education has become the most common (and in many cases, the only) way to learn these days. Schools and universities have had to adapt to a remote environment while companies such as Pluralsight have stepped up and offered online courses for free or at a discount. In-person training and conferences have been postponed, cancelled, or transitioned to the virtual world. We’ve certainly been affected by this shift at Particular with the cancellation of our… Read more
  • Microsoft's new SQL client is here!

    A few months back, Microsoft released a brand new SQL client library called Microsoft.Data.SqlClient on NuGet. Wait…didn’t we already have a stable SQL client library shipped as a part of .NET Framework? Why reinvent the wheel?

    Let’s see why, which one you should choose, and how this affects our NServiceBus packages.

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  • NServiceBus now supports Microsoft Extensions DependencyInjection

    The history of dependency injection (DI) containers in .NET is almost as long as .NET itself. StructureMap and Castle Windsor were released in 2004, Spring.NET in 2005, and more after that, each with their own unique API, some more opinionated than others.

    And yet each of these libraries fulfills a fairly simple task: a place to hold on to dependencies so that objects can get them when they need them.

    With .NET Core, Microsoft has created a DI container abstraction that is quickly becoming a de facto standard: Microsoft.Extensions.DependencyInjection.

    NServiceBus now supports this same container abstraction via our new NServiceBus.Extensions.DependencyInjection package, which means you can use any container that conforms to the Microsoft abstraction with NServiceBus. This has a ton of advantages, but also means the time has come to retire our existing container adapters.

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  • MSMQ is dead

    We gather here today to mourn the passing of a dear friend. Microsoft Message Queuing, better known by its nickname MSMQ, passed away peacefully in its hometown of Redmond, Washington on October 14, 2019, at the age of 22. It was born in May 1997 and through 6.3 versions lived a very full life, bringing the promise of reliable messaging patterns to users all around the globe. It is preceded in death by Windows Communication Foundation and Windows Workflow Foundation, and survived by Azure Queues and Azure Service Bus. It will be greatly missed.

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  • Fallacy #5: Topology doesn't change

    It’s easy for something that started out simply to become much more complicated as time wears on. I once had a client who started out with a very noncomplex server infrastructure. The hosting provider had given them ownership of an internal IP subnet, and so they started out with two load-balanced public web servers: X.X.X.100 and X.X.X.101 (Public100 and Public101 for short). They also had a third public web server, Public102, to host an FTP server and a couple random utility applications.

    And then, despite the best laid plans, the slow creep of chaos eventually took over.

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  • Infrastructure soup

    Five-Layer Brisket Chili
    Five-Layer Brisket Chili

    When it starts to get colder outside I start to think about soup. I love soup, especially chili. But I don’t want any of that watery gunk that’s just tomato soup with a few lonely beans floating in there somewhere. No sir! I want it thick and chunky. Load it up with ground meat, beans, onions, tomatoes, cheese, green peppers, jalepeños, pineapple–it’s all good!

    Just like with chili, we sometimes see code that feels kind of “thick and chunky.” It’s got validation, logging, exception handling, database communication, business logic, and so much more. But unlike chili, the result does not taste good.

    We see this kind of bloated, muddled code all over the place, regardless of what language or framework is being used, and NServiceBus is no exception. Here’s an example where someone has stuffed an NServiceBus message handler full to the breaking point:

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  • The new MongoDB support for NServiceBus

    NServiceBus and MongoDB

    If you’re using (or considering) MongoDB with NServiceBus, we’ve got good news: we’ve just released our official MongoDB persister. This replaces the previous community-created (but now abandoned) MongoDB persistence options and is now a fully supported part of the Particular Service Platform.

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