What is Azure DocumentDB

Read full article on Falafel blog here

Recently I attended Cloud Camp by Microsoft India in Delhi. I had good time learning at the event. Besides other Microsoft Azure services like Azure Websites, Azure Mobile Services and Azure DocumentDB impressed me lot. In this post, I am sharing first level learning on Azure DocumentDB.

Azure DocumentDB is a NoSQL document database service offering on cloud from Microsoft. It allows us to work with schema free JSON documents using JavaScript and the HTTP protocol. It is a fully managed JSON document database service.

Some of the important points about the DocumentDB is as follows:

  • It is a schema free database
  • It has support of rich query and transaction processing
  • It uses JavaScript for the query
  • It works with JSON based data model
  • It works on HTTP protocol

Read full article on Falafel blog here

No Data tab in portal in Azure Mobile Services: Solved

Azure Mobile Service supports two platform for the backend. They are

  1. .NET backend
  2. JavaScript backend

I worked with JavaScript backend many times but with .NET backend it was my first attempt. So while creating Azure Mobile Service, I selected .NET platform as backend. To my surprise there is no Data tab available when you choose .NET backend.

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Reason behind this is if you choose .NET backend data access becomes part of the .NET project and should be deployed from there. And in JavaScript backend Data tab would be visible in portal and scripts can run at the portal.

Fetching Windows Azure Mobile Services Data in XAML based Windows Store Application

In last post we started learning about Windows Azure Mobile Service in XAML based Windows Store Application. Read it here

In last post we learnt

  • Configuring Window Azure Mobile Service in portal
  • Consuming Windows Azure Mobile Service in Windows Store Application
  • Insert a record from application in Windows Azure Mobile Service data table.

In this post we will take a look on fetching records from table. I recommend you to follow Part 1 of this series here . I will start from where I left in part 1.

Let us design application page. There are two buttons. On click of first button we will fetch all data. On click of second button filtered data will fetched. Let us design application page as following


<Grid Background="{StaticResource ApplicationPageBackgroundThemeBrush}" >
 <Grid.RowDefinitions>
 <RowDefinition Height="*" />
 <RowDefinition Height="*" />

 </Grid.RowDefinitions>

<StackPanel Orientation="Vertical" Grid.Row="0">
 <Button x:Name="btnFetch" Click="btnFetch_Click_1" Content="Get Data" Height="72" Width="233"/>
 <GridView x:Name="lstBloggers" >
 <GridView.ItemTemplate>
 <DataTemplate>
 <StackPanel Orientation="Horizontal">
 <TextBlock Text="{Binding Name}" />
 <TextBlock Text="{Binding Technology}" />
 </StackPanel>
 </DataTemplate>
 </GridView.ItemTemplate>
 </GridView>
 </StackPanel>
 <StackPanel Orientation="Vertical" Grid.Row="1">
 <StackPanel Orientation="Horizontal">
 <TextBox x:Name="txtSearch" Height="59" Width="436" />
 <Button x:Name="btnFilterfetch" Click="btnFilterfetch_Click_1" Content="Get Filtered Data" Height="72" Width="233"/>
 </StackPanel>
 <ListView x:Name="lstFilterBloggers" Margin="368,20,271,-599">
 <ListView.ItemTemplate>
 <DataTemplate>
 <StackPanel Orientation="Horizontal">
 <TextBlock Text="{Binding Name}" />
 <TextBlock Text="{Binding Technology}" />
 </StackPanel>
 </DataTemplate>
 </ListView.ItemTemplate>
 </ListView>
 </StackPanel>
 </Grid>

Yes this is not one of the best UI we can create but any way creating highly immersive UI is not purpose of this post. Right now UI will look like below image

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Now to fetch all the records you need to follow following steps

Define Global variables


MobileServiceClient client;
 MobileServiceCollectionView<TechBloggers> items;
 MobileServiceCollectionView<TechBloggers> filteredItems;
 IMobileServiceTable<TechBloggers> bloggerstable;


You need to create mobile service table client in application. That can be created as following


public MainPage()
 {
 this.InitializeComponent();
 MobileServiceClient client = new MobileServiceClient("https://youappurl", "appkey");
 bloggerstable = client.GetTable<TechBloggers>();

 }

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Next you need to create entity class representing table from the Windows Azure Mobile Service. Let us create entity class as following. We are creating entity class TechBloggers.


public class TechBloggers
 {
 public int id { get; set; }
 [DataMember(Name="name")]
 public string Name { get; set; }
 [DataMember(Name = "technology")]
 public string Technology { get; set; }

}

On click event of button you can fetch all data from Mobile Service Table as following


private void btnFetch_Click_1(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
 {

items = bloggerstable.ToCollectionView();
 lstBloggers.ItemsSource = items;

}

You can fetch filtered data as following. We are filtering data on search term given in textbox.

private void btnFilterfetch_Click_1(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
 {
 filteredItems = bloggerstable.Where
 (blogger => blogger.Technology == txtSearch.Text)
 .ToCollectionView();
 lstFilterBloggers.ItemsSource = filteredItems;

 }

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When you run application you will find all data and filtered data as following

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In this way we can fetch data from Windows Azure Mobile Service. In next post we will get into update and deletion of record. I hope this post useful. Thanks for reading.

Getting Started with Windows Azure Active Directory

On 8th April 2013 Microsoft announces general availability of Active Directory on Windows Azure.

Read Product Team Blog here

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To start working with Windows Azure Active Directory login to portal. In the side bar you will get option of Active Directory as shown in below image,

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On clicking of Active Directory you will get message that no Active Directory being created so far. To create click on CREATE YOUR DIRECTORY

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In next screen you need to provide

  • Domain name
  • Choose Country or region from drop down.
  • Organization name

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After successful creation of Active Directory you can perform following four operations on that

  • Working with Users
  • Working with Apps
  • Working with Domains
  • Working with Directory Integration

On User tab you will see there is no User added. You can add users to directory by clicking on ADD USERS in bottom

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On next screen you need to provide type of user and User Name. Among two types of users you can choose from drop down

  • New User in Organisation
  • User with Existing Microsoft Account

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Now you need to create User Profile. Here you need to provide First Name, Last Name, Display Name and Role of user. There are two types of roles available

  • User
  • Global Administrator

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This is last step of creating user. You can configure temporary password and send it on alternative Email of newly added user.

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Once user is successfully added you can view user in Grid on selecting User tab.

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I am very excited with public availability of Active Directory on Windows Azure. In further posts I will discuss more on Windows Azure Active Directory platform. I hope you find this post useful. Thanks for reading.

Step by Step working with Windows Azure Mobile Service Data in JavaScript based Windows Store Apps

In my last post I discussed Step by Step working with Windows Azure Mobile Service Data in XAML based Windows Store Apps . In this post we will have a look on working with JavaScript based Windows Store Apps. Last post was divided in two parts. First part was Configure Windows Azure Mobile Service in Portal. You need to follow step 1 from last step to configure Windows Azure Mobile Service Data. To work with this proceed as given in following steps,

  1. Configure Windows Azure Mobile Service in Portal. For reference follow Step 1 of this Blog
  2. Download Windows Azure SDK and install.

Now follow post to work with Windows Azure Mobile Service Data from JavaScript based Windows Store Application.

Create Windows Store Application in JavaScript

Create Blank App from creating Blank App template from JavaScript Windows Store App project tab.

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After creating project add Windows Azure Mobile Services JavaScript Client reference in project.

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After adding reference let us go ahead and design app page to add a blogger in table. We are going to put two text boxes and one button. On click event of the button blogger will be inserted as row in data table of Windows Azure Mobile Services.


<body>

 <h2>Adding Record to Windows Azure Mobile Service Data</h2> <br />
 Name : <input id="txtname" type="text" /> <br />
 Technology : <input id="txttechnology" type="text" /> <br /> <br />
 <button id="btnInsert" >Insert Blogger</button>

</body>

Application will look like following,

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We need to add reference of Windows Azure Mobile Service on HTML as following


<script src="//Microsoft.WinJS.1.0/js/ui.js"></script>
 <script type="text/javascript" src="/MobileServicesJavaScriptClient/MobileServices.js"></script>

Next let us create client for Windows Azure Mobile Service. To create this you need to pass application URL and application Key. Client in JavaScript based application can be created as following


args.setPromise(WinJS.UI.processAll());
 var client = new Microsoft.WindowsAzure.MobileServices.MobileServiceClient(
 "https://appurl",
 "appkey"
 );

Now let us create a proxy table. Proxy table can be created as following and after creating proxy table we can add record in table as following


var bloggerTable = client.getTable('techbloggers');

var insertBloggers = function (bloggeritem) {

bloggerTable.insert(bloggeritem).done(function (item) {
 //Item Added
 });

On click event of button we need to call insertBloggers javascript function.

btnInsert.addEventListener("click", function () {
 insertBloggers({
 name: txtname.value,
 technology: txttechnology.value
 });
 });

On click event of button you should able to insert blogger in Windows Azure Mobile Service Data table. In further post we will learn to perform update, delete and fetch data. I hope you find this post useful. Thanks for reading.

Step by Step working with Windows Azure Mobile Service Data in XAML based Windows Store Apps

In this post we will take a look on working with Windows Azure Mobile Service in XAML based Windows Store Application. We will follow step by step approach to learn goodness of Windows Azure Mobile Service. In first part of post we will configure Windows Azure Mobile Service in Azure portal. In second part of post we will create a simple XAML based Windows Store application to insert records in data table. This is first post of this series and in further posts we will learn other features of Windows Azure Mobile Services.

Configure Windows Azure Mobile Service on Portal

Step 1

Login to Windows Azure Management Portal here

Step 2

Select Mobile Services from tabs in left and click on CREATE NEW MOBILE SERVICE

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Step 3

In this step provide URL of mobile service. You have two choice either to create mobile service in existing database or can create a new database. Let us go ahead and create a new database. In DATABSE drop down select option of Create New SQL database instance. Select SUBSCRIPTION and REGION from drop down as well.

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Step 4

On next screen you need to create database. Choose either existing database server or create a new one. You need to provide credential to connect with database servers.

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Step 5

After Successful creation of mobile services you need to select platform. Let us go ahead and choose Windows Store as platform

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Step 6

After selecting platform click on Data in menu. After selecting Data click on ADD A TABLE

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Next you need to provide Table name. You can provide permission on table. There are three options available

  1. Anybody with Application Key
  2. Only Authenticated Users
  3. Only Scripts and Admins

Let us leave default permission level for the table.

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Step 7

Next click on tables. You will be navigated to table dashboard. When you click on Columns you will find one default created column id. This column gets created automatically. This column must be there in Windows Azure Mobile Service table.

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On enabling of dynamic schema when you will add JSON objects from client application then columns will get added dynamically.

Create Windows Store Application in XAML

Very first you need to install Windows Azure SDK for Windows Phone and Windows 8.

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After installing create a Windows Store Application by choosing Blank App template.

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Before we move ahead to create Windows Store App let us go back to portal and mange App URL and key. You need key and application URL to work with Windows Azure Mobile Services from Windows Store application. You will find key and application URL at the portal.

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Now go ahead and add following namespaces on MainPage.xaml.cs


using Microsoft.WindowsAzure.MobileServices;
using System.Runtime.Serialization;

Next you need to create entity class representing table from the Windows Azure Mobile Service. Let us create entity class as following. We are creating entity class TechBloggers.


public class TechBloggers
 {
 public int id { get; set; }
 [DataMember(Name="name")]
 public string Name { get; set; }
 [DataMember(Name = "technology")]
 public string Technology { get; set; }

}

After creating entity class go ahead and global variables.


MobileServiceClient client;
 IMobileServiceTable<TechBloggers> bloggerstable;

Once global variable is defined in the constructor of page you need to create instance of MobileServiceClient and MobileServiceTable. Let us go ahead and create that in constructor of the page.


public MainPage()
 {
 this.InitializeComponent();
 MobileServiceClient client = new MobileServiceClient("https://youappurl", "appkey");
 bloggerstable = client.GetTable<TechBloggers>();

 }

Now let us go back and design app page. On XAML let us put two textboxes and one button. On click event of button we will insert bloggers in the table.


<Grid Background="{StaticResource ApplicationPageBackgroundThemeBrush}" >
 <Grid.RowDefinitions>
 <RowDefinition Height="100" />
 <RowDefinition Height="100" />
 <RowDefinition Height="100" />
 </Grid.RowDefinitions>
 <StackPanel Grid.Row="0" Orientation="Horizontal" Margin="40,40,0,0">
 <TextBlock Text="Name" FontSize="40" />
 <TextBox x:Name="txtName" VerticalAlignment="Top" Width="400" />
 </StackPanel>
 <StackPanel Orientation="Horizontal" Grid.Row="1" Margin="40,40,0,0">
 <TextBlock Text="Technology" FontSize="40" />
 <TextBox x:Name="txtTechnology" VerticalAlignment="Top" Width="400" />
 </StackPanel>

 <Button Grid.Row="2" x:Name="btnInsert" Click="btnInsert_Click_1" Content="Insert Record" Height="72" Width="233" Margin="248,42,0,-14" />

 </Grid>

Application will look like as given in below image. I know this is not best UI. Any way creating best UI is not purpose of this post

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On click event of button we can insert a record to table using Windows Azure Mobile Services using following code


private void btnInsert_Click_1(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
 {

TechBloggers itemtoinsert = new TechBloggers
 {
 Name = txtName.Text,
 Technology = txtTechnology.Text
 };

InserItem(itemtoinsert);

}

InsertItem function is written like following,

private async void InserItem(TechBloggers itemtoinsert)
 {

await bloggerstable.InsertAsync(itemtoinsert);

 }

On click event of button you can insert records in Windows Azure Mobile Service data table. To verify inserted records browse to portal and click on table.

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In further posts we will learn update, delete and view of the records. I hope you find this post useful. Thanks for reading.

Steps to Enable Windows Azure Mobile Services

In this post we will take a step by step look on enabling Windows Azure Mobile Services in Windows Azure portal. To enable it login to Windows Azure Management Portal
After successful login to the portal in the bottom click on the New button.

 

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On clicking of the NEW button under the COMPUTE tab, you need to select MOBILE SERVICES

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You will get a screen with description of Mobile Services. Click on Try Now to enable Window Azure Mobile Services

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In last step you will be prompted to select subscription and provide quick access token. However quick access token is optional.

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In this way we can enable Windows Azure Mobile Services. I hope you find this post useful. Thanks for reading.