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NHibernate Custom Saga Finding Logic

NuGet Package: NServiceBus.NHibernate (8.x)
Target Version: NServiceBus 7.x

Code walk-through

When the default Saga message mappings do not satisfy the requirements, custom logic can be put in place to allow NServiceBus to find a saga data instance based on which logic best suits the environment.


Ensure an instance of SQL Server (Version 2016 or above for custom saga finders sample, or Version 2012 or above for other samples) is installed and accessible on localhost and port 1433.

Alternatively, change the connection string to point to different SQL Server instance.

At startup each endpoint will create its required SQL assets including databases, tables, and schemas.

This sample creates a database named NsbSamplesNhCustomSagaFinder.

NHibernate setup

This sample uses the NHibernate persistence, configured as follows:

var persistence = endpointConfiguration.UsePersistence<NHibernatePersistence>();
var connection = @"Data Source=.\SqlExpress;Database=NsbSamplesNhCustomSagaFinder;Integrated Security=True";

The Saga

This sample contains a very simple order management saga with these responsibilities:

  • Handling the creation of an order.
  • Offloading the payment process to a another handler.
  • Handling the completion of the payment process.
  • Completing the order.
public class OrderSaga :
    static ILog log = LogManager.GetLogger<OrderSaga>();

    protected override void ConfigureHowToFindSaga(SagaPropertyMapper<OrderSagaData> mapper)
        mapper.MapSaga(_=> _.OrderId)
            .ToMessage<StartOrder>(_ => _.OrderId)
            .ToMessage<CompleteOrder>(_ => _.OrderId);

    public Task Handle(StartOrder message, IMessageHandlerContext context)
        Data.PaymentTransactionId = Guid.NewGuid().ToString();

        log.Info($"Saga with OrderId {Data.OrderId} received StartOrder with OrderId {message.OrderId}");
        var issuePaymentRequest = new IssuePaymentRequest
            PaymentTransactionId = Data.PaymentTransactionId
        return context.SendLocal(issuePaymentRequest);

    public Task Handle(CompletePaymentTransaction message, IMessageHandlerContext context)
        log.Info($"Transaction with Id {Data.PaymentTransactionId} completed for order id {Data.OrderId}");
        var completeOrder = new CompleteOrder
            OrderId = Data.OrderId
        return context.SendLocal(completeOrder);

    public Task Handle(CompleteOrder message, IMessageHandlerContext context)
        log.Info($"Saga with OrderId {Data.OrderId} received CompleteOrder with OrderId {message.OrderId}");
        return Task.CompletedTask;

It is important to note that the saga is not sending the order ID to the payment processor. Instead, it is sending a payment transaction ID. This saga needs to be correlated by more than one property. For example, OrderId and PaymentTransactionId. This requires both of these properties to be treated as unique.

class CompletePaymentTransactionSagaFinder :

    public Task<OrderSagaData> FindBy(CompletePaymentTransaction message, SynchronizedStorageSession storageSession, ReadOnlyContextBag context)
        var session = storageSession.Session();
        var orderSagaData = session.QueryOver<OrderSagaData>()
            .Where(d => d.PaymentTransactionId == message.PaymentTransactionId)
        return Task.FromResult(orderSagaData);

A saga finder is a class that implements IFindSagas<TSagaData>.Using<TMessage>. The class will be detected automatically by NServiceBus at endpoint configuration time. The FindBy method will be invoked by NServiceBusEach time a message of type TMessage is received by a saga which stores its state using type TSagaData.

In this sample the implementation of the ConfigureHowToFindSaga method is empty since a saga finder is provided for each message type handled by the saga. It is not required to provide a saga finder for every message type. A mix of standard saga mappings using ConfigureHowToFindSaga, and saga finders, is a valid scenario.

Related Articles

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