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Article ID: 246225

Article Last Modified on 2/22/2007


  • Microsoft Message Queuing 2.0
  • Microsoft Message Queue Server 1.0

This article was previously published under Q246225


The IsWorldReadable property of a Microsoft Message Queuing MSMQQueueInfo object returns an Integer result rather than a Boolean. IsWorldReadable property returns a 1 if the queue is world readable and a 0 if it is not. This can cause logic errors in a Visual Basic (VB) program if the property is used in the expression portion of an If, While, or similar conditional statement.

When a numeric value is used in a condition statement in VB 0 is evaluated as false and all non-zero values are evaluated as true. The Not operator in VB inverts the bits of a value when used on a numeric value. The expression "Not 1" produces the result "-2" which is considered a "true" value in a VB condition statement.

Since VB evaluates both "1" and "Not 1" as true statements, if a queue is world readable both "queueinfo.IsWorldReadable" and "Not queueinfo.IsWorldReadable" evaluates true. In the following example code, if the queue is world readable both message boxes appear:

If queueinfo.IsWorldReadable Then
   MsgBox "The queue is world readable."
End If

If Not queueinfo.IsWorldReadable Then
   MsgBox "The queue is not world readable."
End If


There are two possible workarounds for the problem:

  1. Explicitly test the value of the IsWorldReadable property against 0 and 1. A value of 1 indicates that the queue is world readable, a value of 0 indicates that the queue is not world readable. An example of this test is shown in the following code:

    If MSMQQueueInfoObject.IsWorldReadable = 1 Then
       MsgBox "The queue is world readable."
    End If
    If MSMQQueueInfoObject.IsWorldReadable = 0 Then
       MsgBox "The queue is not world readable."
    End If
  2. Avoid "negative" tests that use the Not operator with the IsWorldReadable property.


It is safe to test explicitly for the 1 and 0 values. These values will not be changed in any future version of Message Queuing and will remain consistent. Future versions of the Message Queuing ActiveX components may add a property that may be evaluated as a true Boolean type for testing this characteristic.


The MSDN Online help describes the return values for the IsWorldReadable property as follows:


Return Values
      Everyone can read messages in the queue and its queue journal. 
      Default. Only the owner of the queue can read the messages in the queue. 


MSDN Online help for the MSMQQueueInfo object type.
Visual Basic Programmers Guide

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246222 MSMQQueueInfo Object IsTransactional Property Returns An Integer

245753 MSMQQueue Object IsOpen Property Returns an Integer

246458 MSMQMessage Object IsFirstInTransaction Property Returns An Integer

246460 MSMQMessage Object IsLastInTransaction Property Returns An Integer

Additional query words: MSMQ IsWorldReadable MSMQQueueInfo MSMQ

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