New Service Broker features in the Feb CTP

I've been doing some experimenting with the new SQL Server Service Broker features in Feb CTP. You can read about them in the CTPNotes.doc file; I won't repeat the information here. The features are:

1. Improved Endpoint Security – authentication option NONE is not longer supported
2. DEFAULT message type and contract
3. Poison conversation handling

DEFAULT message type and contract came about due to feedback that the DDL to create a simple broker applications consisted of too many pieces. You needed to define MESSAGE TYPEs, CONTRACT, QUEUE, and SERVICE to define the simplest application. The first time this behavior change was described to me (it was some of my students among those who complained about the complexity after all), I thought they were going to loosen things up a bit to work without a contract. But broker uses contracts to enforce conversation integrity. In order to receive a message, a service has to be defined with a contract that's enforced when messages are being put on the queue. No contract, no user messages can be received. Hmmm…how would they do it?

You can now define a broker SERVICE by only defining QUEUE and SERVICE objects. However, the SERVICE must be defined to use a new built-in contract named [DEFAULT]. This contract specifies that a built-in MESSAGE TYPE, also called [DEFAULT], can be sent by either side (by ANY). When you issue a BEGIN CONVERSATION DIALOG without a contract, it uses the [DEFAULT] contract, not NO contract. When you SEND a message without an explicit MESSAGE TYPE it sends the [DEFAULT] message type.

So you're NOT using contract-less and message type-less conversations, you're using a specific contract and message type called [DEFAULT]. You just don't have to define them yourself.

There's a code example is the Feb CTPNotes.doc file (which is why you should always “read the readme file”), try it out for yourself and see.

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