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MessageFilter Class

abstract base class for different classes of filters used to query messages.

Namespace:  System.ServiceModel.Dispatcher
Assembly:  System.ServiceModel (in System.ServiceModel.dll)

[DataContractAttribute]
[KnownTypeAttribute(typeof(XPathMessageFilter))]
[KnownTypeAttribute(typeof(ActionMessageFilter))]
[KnownTypeAttribute(typeof(MatchAllMessageFilter))]
[KnownTypeAttribute(typeof(MatchNoneMessageFilter))]
public abstract class MessageFilter

The MessageFilter type exposes the following members.

  NameDescription
Protected methodMessageFilterWhen called in a derived class, initializes a new instance of the MessageFilter class.
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  NameDescription
Protected methodCreateFilterTable<FilterData>Creates a filter table for a filter that has a specified type of data associated with it.
Public methodEquals(Object)Determines whether the specified object is equal to the current object. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodFinalizeAllows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before it is reclaimed by garbage collection. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetHashCodeServes as the default hash function. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodMatch(Message)When overridden in a derived class, tests whether a message satisfies the filter criteria. The body cannot be examined.
Public methodMatch(MessageBuffer)When overridden in a derived class, tests whether a buffered message satisfies the criteria of a filter.
Protected methodMemberwiseCloneCreates a shallow copy of the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodToStringReturns a string that represents the current object. (Inherited from Object.)
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MessageFilter is an abstract class that developers implement in order to specify the criteria to use for inspecting messages. Typically, filters are used by an endpoint application to determine what to do with a message based on an examination of some part of the message. A queuing process, for example, can use an XPath 1.0 query to check the priority element of a known header to determine whether to move a message to the front of the queue.

Filters are stored in a filter table that implements IMessageFilterTable<TFilterData>. Each filter in the table is associated with specified filter data that can be used to indicate what actions to take if a message matches the filter. The Match methods are used to determine if a message satisfies a filter.

The criteria used by a filter cannot be changed once the filter is constructed because the filter tables have no way to detect a change. The only way to modify the criteria of a filter is to construct a new one and delete the existing filter.

The following classes implement the abstract MessageFilter class:

ChannelListenerBase<TChannel> is an abstract base class that you can use for writing non-queuing listeners.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.
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