Note: Although this feature is still functional, there have been new enhancements to the SQS UI in a different location on the Dashboard. The new UI is currently in beta. For more information, see SQS Queue Beta or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Adding sample messages to your queue is simple and very easy to test the basic functioning of your queue.
Viewing messages in the queue is simple, but it may work a bit differently than you would assume. Amazon does not guarantee that the queue is FIFO (first in first out) because of the distributed nature of SQS. To view the oldest message in the queue, select the View Top item action link. The way "view top item" works ties into the "Visibility Timeout" setting. The default is 30 seconds. When you view an item in the queue, it actually leaves it in the queue, but marks it as "hidden".
The Visibility Timeout is defined as: "The time in seconds that a job will remain hidden before it becomes available to other worker instances."
General observations to make with respect viewing the queue and the visibility timeout setting:
An example message body would look like this from the Dashboard:
Note that the Drop message action button deletes (not just hides) the current message from the queue.
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