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ASP.NET Podcast Show #132 - Windows Azure Blob Storage - video

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Show Notes:

  • Azure SDK.
    •  Vista SP1.
    • Visual studio 2008/.NET 3.5 SP1.
    • Local Development.Speed.
    • VPC.
    • Improvements are coming.
    • YMMV.
  • Project type.
    • Configuration settings.
    • Web Project.
  • Storage Client.
  • Local Development Fabric.
  • Local Development Storage.
  • Hands on Labs. This example is taken, with modifications, from the hands on labs.


Local Development Storage Setup:

Development Storage Setup

Local Development Storage:

Storage Icon

Source Code for Default.aspx.cs file:

using System;
using System.Collections;
using System.Collections.Specialized;
using System.Configuration;
using System.Data;
using System.Globalization;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.Security;
using System.Web.UI;
using System.Web.UI.HtmlControls;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls.WebParts;
using System.Xml.Linq;
using Microsoft.ServiceHosting.ServiceRuntime;
using Microsoft.Samples.ServiceHosting.StorageClient;

namespace CloudImageService_WebRole
    public partial class _Default : System.Web.UI.Page
        private string unknownValue = "unknown";
        protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
            if (!Page.IsPostBack)

        protected void upload_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
            if (imageFile.HasFile)
                status.Text = "Inserted [" + imageFile.FileName +
                    "] - Content Type [" + imageFile.PostedFile.ContentType + "]";
                SaveImages(Guid.NewGuid().ToString(), imageName.Text, imageDescription.Text,
                    imageTags.Text, imageFile.FileName, imageFile.PostedFile.ContentType,
                imageTags.Text = String.Empty;
                imageDescription.Text = String.Empty;
                imageName.Text = String.Empty;
                status.Text = "No image file uploaded.";

        private void SaveImages(string id, string name, string description, string tags, string fileName, string contentType, byte[] data)
            BlobProperties properties = new BlobProperties(string.Format(CultureInfo.InvariantCulture, "image_{0}", id));
            NameValueCollection metadata = new NameValueCollection();
            BlobContainer container = GetContainer();
            metadata["Id"] = id;
            metadata["Filename"] = fileName;
            metadata["ImageName"] = String.IsNullOrEmpty(name) ? unknownValue : name;
            metadata["Description"] = String.IsNullOrEmpty(description) ? unknownValue : description;
            metadata["Tags"] = String.IsNullOrEmpty(tags) ? unknownValue : tags;
            properties.Metadata = metadata;
            properties.ContentType = contentType;
            BlobContents imageBlob = new BlobContents(data);
            container.CreateBlob(properties, imageBlob, true);

        protected void OnBlobDataBound(object sender, ListViewItemEventArgs e)
            BlobContainer container = GetContainer();
            if (e.Item.ItemType == ListViewItemType.DataItem)
                Repeater metadataRepeater = e.Item.FindControl("blobMetadata") as Repeater;
                BlobProperties blob = ((ListViewDataItem)(e.Item)).DataItem as BlobProperties;
                NameValueCollection metadata = container.GetBlobProperties(blob.Name).Metadata;
                metadataRepeater.DataSource = from key in metadata.AllKeys
                                              select new
                                                  Name = key,
                                                  Value = metadata[key]

        protected void OnDeleteImage(object sender, CommandEventArgs e)
            BlobContainer container = GetContainer();
            if (e.CommandName == "Delete")
                string blobName = (string)e.CommandArgument;
                if (container.DoesBlobExist(blobName))
                    status.Text = "Item does not exist";

        private void RefreshGallery()
            BlobContainer container = GetContainer();
            images.DataSource = container.ListBlobs(String.Empty, false);

        /// <summary>
        /// This is code written against an early CTP.
        /// It is neither production ready or a best of breed.
        /// It is merely code that works today.
        /// </summary>
        /// <returns></returns>
        private BlobContainer GetContainer()
            string blobContainer = RoleManager.GetConfigurationSetting("ContainerName");
            BlobStorage blobStorage = BlobStorage.Create(StorageAccountInfo.GetDefaultBlobStorageAccountFromConfiguration());
            BlobContainer newContainer = blobStorage.GetBlobContainer(blobContainer);
            if (!newContainer.DoesContainerExist())
                newContainer.CreateContainer(null, ContainerAccessControl.Public);
            return (newContainer);

Source code for Default.aspx:

 <%@ Page Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="true" CodeBehind="Default.aspx.cs" Inherits="CloudImageService_WebRole._Default" %>

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "">

<html xmlns="" >
<head runat="server">
    <title>Azure Blob Storage Engine Page</title>
        <style type="text/css">
        body { font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12px; }
        h1 { font-size:x-large; font-weight:bold; }
        h2 { font-size:large; font-weight:bold; }
        img { width:200px; height:175px; margin:2em;}
        li { list-style: none; }
        ul { padding:1em; }
        .form { width:50em; }
        .form li span {width:30%; float:left; font-weight:bold; }
        .form li input { width:70%; float:left; }
        .form input { float:right; }
        .item { font-size:smaller; font-weight:bold; }
        .item ul li { padding:0.25em; background-color:#ffeecc; }
        .item ul li span { padding:0.25em; background-color:#ffffff; display:block; font-style:italic; font-weight:normal; }

    <form id="form1" runat="server">
            <h1>Image Gallery (Windows Azure Blob Storage)</h1>
        <div class="form">
                <li><span>Name</span><asp:TextBox ID="imageName" runat="server"/></li>
                <li><span>Description</span><asp:TextBox ID="imageDescription" runat="server"/></li>
                <li><span>Tags</span><asp:TextBox ID="imageTags" runat="server"/></li>
                <li><span>Filename</span><asp:FileUpload ID="imageFile" runat="server" /></li>
            <asp:Button ID="upload" runat="server" onclick="upload_Click" Text="Upload Image" />
        Status: <asp:Label ID="status" runat="server" />

            <asp:ListView ID="images" runat="server" OnItemDataBound="OnBlobDataBound">
                <asp:PlaceHolder ID="itemPlaceholder" runat="server" />
                <h2>No Data Available</h2>
                <div class="item">
                    <ul style="width:40em;float:left;clear:left" >
                    <asp:Repeater ID="blobMetadata" runat="server">
                        <li><%# Eval("Name") %><span><%# Eval("Value") %></span></li>
                        <asp:LinkButton ID="deleteBlob"
                                OnClientClick="return confirm('Delete image?');"
                                CommandArgument='<%# Eval("Name")%>'
                                runat="server" Text="Delete" oncommand="OnDeleteImage" />                
                    <img src="<%# Eval("Uri") %>" alt="<%# Eval("Name") %>" style="float:left"/>

.csdef file:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<ServiceDefinition name="CloudImageService" xmlns="">
  <WebRole name="WebRole">
      <!-- Must use port 80 for http and port 443 for https when running in the cloud -->
      <InputEndpoint name="HttpIn" protocol="http" port="80" />
      <Setting name="AccountName" />
      <Setting name="AccountSharedKey" />
      <Setting name="BlobStorageEndpoint" />
      <Setting name="QueueStorageEndpoint" />
      <Setting name="TableStorageEndpoint" />
      <Setting name="ContainerName" />

cscfg file:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<ServiceConfiguration serviceName="CloudImageService" xmlns="">
  <Role name="WebRole">
    <Instances count="1"/>
        <Setting name="AccountName" value="devstoreaccount1" />
        <Setting name="AccountSharedKey" value="Eby8vdM02xNOcqFlqUwJPLlmEtlCDXJ1OUzFT50uSRZ6IFsuFq2UVErCz4I6tq/K1SZFPTOtr/KBHBeksoGMGw==" />
        <Setting name="BlobStorageEndpoint" value="" />
        <Setting name="QueueStorageEndpoint" value="" />
        <Setting name="TableStorageEndpoint" value="" />
        <Setting name="ContainerName" value="storagegallery" />

Published Monday, December 22, 2008 6:00 PM by admin
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