42.5. Customizing Zend_Queue

42.5.1. Creating your own adapter

Zend_Queue will accept any adapter that implements Zend_Queue_Adapter_AdapterAbstract. You can create your own adapter by extending one of the existing adapters, or the abstract class Zend_Queue_Adapter_AdapterAbstract. I suggest reviewing Zend_Queue_Adapter_Array as this adapter is the easiest to conceptualize.

class Custom_DbForUpdate extends Zend_Queue_Adapter_Db
     * @see code in tests/Zend/Queue/Custom/DbForUpdate.php
     * Custom_DbForUpdate uses the SELECT ... FOR UPDATE to find it's rows.
     * this is more likely to produce the wanted rows than the existing code.
     * However, not all databases have SELECT ... FOR UPDATE as a feature.
     * Note: this was later converted to be an option for Zend_Queue_Adapter_Db
     * This code still serves as a good example.

$options = array(
    'name'          => 'queue1',
    'driverOptions' => array(
        'host'      => '',
        'port'      => '3306',
        'username'  => 'queue',
        'password'  => 'queue',
        'dbname'    => 'queue',
        'type'      => 'pdo_mysql'

$adapter = new Custom_DbForUpdate($options);
$queue = new Zend_Queue($adapter, $options);

You can also change the adapter on the fly as well.

$adapter = new MyCustom_Adapter($options);
$queue   = new Zend_Queue($options);
echo "Adapter: ", get_class($queue->getAdapter()), "\n";


$options = array(
    'name'           => 'queue1',
    'namespace'      => 'Custom',
    'driverOptions'  => array(
        'host'       => '',
        'port'       => '3306',
        'username'   => 'queue',
        'password'   => 'queue',
        'dbname'     => 'queue',
        'type'       => 'pdo_mysql'
$queue = new Zend_Queue('DbForUpdate', $config); // loads Custom_DbForUpdate

42.5.2. Creating your own message class

Zend_Queue will also accept your own message class. Our variables start with an underscore. For example:

class Zend_Queue_Message
    protected $_data = array();

You can extend the existing messaging class. See the example code in tests/Zend/Queue/Custom/Message.php.

42.5.3. Creating your own message iterator class

Zend_Queue will also accept your own message iterator class. The message iterator class is used to return messages from Zend_Queue_Adapter_Abstract::recieve(). Zend_Queue_Abstract::receive() should always return a container class like Zend_Queue_Message_Iterator, even if there is only one message.

See the example filename in tests/Zend/Queue/Custom/Messages.php.

42.5.4. Creating your own queue class

Zend_Queue can also be overloaded easily.

See the example filename in tests/Zend/Queue/Custom/Queue.php.

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