Sun Java System Message Queue 4.3 Developer's Guide for C Clients

Message Queue for the C Developer

The Message Queue product is an enterprise messaging system that implements the JavaTM Message Specification (JMS) standard as a JMS provider. Message Queue developers can use two programming interfaces to establish a connection to the broker, and send or receive messages:

Message Queue provides a C API to its messaging services to enable legacy C applications and C++ applications to participate in JMS-based messaging. It is important to understand however that the Java Message Service specification is a standard for Java clients only; thus the C API described in this book is specific to the Message Queue provider and cannot be used with other JMS providers. A messaging application that includes a C client cannot be handled by another JMS provider.

The C interface, compared to the Java interface, does not support the following features:

Like the Java interface, the C interface does support the following:

The JMS programming model is the foundation for the design of a Message Queue C client. Chapter 2, Using the C API explains how this model is implemented by the C data types and functions used by a Message Queue C client for delivery of messages.

The next section provides a quick introduction to building and running Message Queue clients.