Thanks a ton Rafael!
The key was  adding pn_data_next(properties)  to get the cursor on the map. 
The tip about using pn_data_dump was also very helpful. What I get when I dump 
the properties of my message is below.  The type indicates the data type as 
defined by the pn_type_t enum. Is that correct?

{current=0, parent=0}
Node 1: prev=0, next=0, parent=0, down=2, children=6, type=24 (map[0])
Node 2: prev=0, next=3, parent=1, down=0, children=0, type=19 ("First")
Node 3: prev=2, next=4, parent=1, down=0, children=0, type=7 (1)
Node 4: prev=3, next=5, parent=1, down=0, children=0, type=19 ("Second")
Node 5: prev=4, next=6, parent=1, down=0, children=0, type=7 (2)
Node 6: prev=5, next=7, parent=1, down=0, children=0, type=19 ("Third")
Node 7: prev=6, next=0, parent=1, down=0, children=0, type=7 (3)


-----Original Message-----
From: Rafael Schloming [] 
Sent: Monday, March 25, 2013 9:14 AM
Subject: Re: Getting AMQP message properties though Proton-C

On Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 3:01 PM, Arun Dsouza <> wrote:

> I would like to know the correct way to access AMQP message properties 
> through Proton-C. If this the not the right mailing list  for Proton-C 
> usage queries, I apologize and please direct me to the mailing list.

This is a fine place. Sorry for the delay in replying. I've been laid up for a 
few days recovering from a medical procedure last week.

> The scenario I have is an interop scenario where I send messages to a  
> Windows Azure Service Bus queue using  the Service Bus .NET API,  and 
> I receive from the queue using the Linux version of the Proton-C 
> client ( Release 0.4 ) While sending messages I set some properties on 
> AMQP message, and I want to get those properties from the Proton-C 
> receiver. The properties are simple key value pairs where the Key is a 
> string and the Value is an  Int.
> I would like to know how do I go about getting the properties from the 
> received pn_message_t
> Here's what I am currently doing.  But the mapsize is always 0.
>               pn_messenger_get(messenger, message);
>               pn_data_t *properties = pn_message_properties(message);
>               size_t mapsize = pn_data_get_map(properties);
>               int x=0;
>               for(x =0; x< mapsize/2; x++ )
>               {
>                   printf("Property: %d\n",pn_data_get_int(properties));
>               }

For one thing you should actually check that the type of the value you're 
trying to get is a map, e.g. print out pn_data_type(properties) and see if that 
is actually a map. If the data object's cursor happens to be pointing to 
something that is not a map, then get_map will always return 0.

In this case my guess is that you need to do a pn_data_next(properties); in 
order to position the cursor on the map prior to accessing it, however you can 
always do a pn_data_dump(properties); to see exactly what is going on.
If you post the output from that I can provide a little more help. Here's my 
best guess:

  pn_messenger_get(messenger, message);
  pn_data_t *properties = pn_message_properties(message);
  // advance the cursor to the first object
  // assert that it is the properties map
  assert(pn_data_type(properties) == PN_MAP);
  size_t mapsize = pn_data_get_map(properties);

  // enter the properties map
  int x=0;
  for(x =0; x< mapsize/2; x++ )
      printf("Property: %d\n",pn_data_get_int(properties));
  // exit the properties map


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