Consume Web API with an Angularjs service

This topic concerns a problem that I faced in these days, that was the building of an Angularjs service to consume Web API’s, witch in my case were implemented with OData protocol.

The start point are some Web API’s, one for every entity of the project, that they responds to a specific url, for example:

I wouldn’t want to implement a service for every single Web API that do the same operations, so the idea is implement a generic javascript class with the basic methods and a factory that generates instances of this class; every module will have an own instance with some custom options, such as the service url.

So what I want to do are two things, a generic class that implements commons methods for CRUD operations and then a factory that generates instances of this service.

Generic service

Angularjs has several provider that we can use to instantiate services; the provider is the lower level and is use usually to configure reusable services that can be used in different applications.

Factory and services are syntactic sugar on top of a provider, and allow us to define singleton services in our application; the last two are constant and value that they provides values.

One of the main debates on Angularjs is when we use a factory or a service.

The main difference from these is that in the first one we needs to return an instance of the service in this way:


(function (window, angular) {
'use-strict'
angular.module('odataModule', [])
.factory('odataService', [function() {
returns {
.....
}
}]);
})(window, window.angular)

In the second one, we don’t need to do this, the angular service deal with object instantiation:


(function (window, angular) {
'use-strict'
angular.module('odataModule', [])
.service('odataService', [function() {
.....
}]);
})(window, window.angular)

What I want to implement is a javacript class that will have these properties/methods:

  • A url property, the Web API reference
  • An entityClass property, is the the javascript object that represents the entity to be managed
  • A isNew property, that allow the service to understand that the object need to be added (post) or saved (patch)
  • A getEntities method that retrieves the list of the entities
  • A createEntity method that returns a instance of a new entity
  • A getEntity method to retrieves a single entity
  • A saveEntity method that deal with the post/patch of the entity
  • And finally a method deleteEntity

An angular service help in this work by letting me write cleaner code that factory; a concrete implementation is:


(function (window, angular) {
'use-strict'
angular.module('odataModule', [])
.constant('blogsUrl', '/odata/Blogs')
.constant('postsUrl', '/odata/Posts')
.service('odataService', ['$http', function($http) {
function Instance(url, entityObject) {
this.isNew = false;
this.url = url;
this.entityClass = entityObject;
}

Instance.prototype.getEntities = function () {
return $http.get(this.url);
}

Instance.prototype.createEntity = function() {
this.isNew = true;
return angular.copy(this.entityClass);
}

Instance.prototype.getEntity = function (id) {
return $http.get(this.url + '(guid\'' + id + '\')');
}

Instance.prototype.saveEntity = function (entity) {
if (this.isNew) {
this.isNew = false;
return $http.post(this.url, entity);
}
else
return $http.patch(this.url + '(guid\'' + entity.Id + '\')', entity);
}

Instance.prototype.deleteEntity = function (entity) {
return $http.delete(this.url + '(guid\'' + entity.Id + '\')');
}
this.GetInstance = function(url, entityObject) {
return new Instance(url, entityObject);
};
}]);
})(window, window.angular)

The Instance class is the implementation of the common methods that we needed.

The last row is the main difference from a factory; in a service, the container function is a javascript function with a constructor and the service returns an instance of it, so I can define a method GetInstance that will returns an instance of my custom class.

If I had used a factory, the last rows would be the following:


return {
GetInstance: function(url, entityObject) {
return new Instance(url, entityObject);
}

Much better the implementation with the service.

Factories of the entities

Now I need to define a specific factory for every entity:


(function (window, angular) {
'use-scrict';
angular.module('blogsModule', ['ui.router', 'odataModule'])
.factory('blogsFactory', ['odataService', 'blogsUrl', function (odataService, blogsUrl) {
var blogEntity = { Name: '', Url: '' };
return odataService.GetInstance(blogsUrl, blogEntity);
}])
})(window, window.angular)

So far so good, I have an instance of the service with specific parameters, and now I can use the factory for crud operations in my controller:


(function (window, angular) {
'use-scrict';
angular.module('blogsModule', ['ui.router', 'odataModule'])
....
.controller('blogsController', ['$scope', '$state', 'blogsFactory', function ($scope, $state, blogsFactory) {
$scope.Title = 'Blogs';

blogsFactory.getEntities().then(function (result) {
$scope.blogs = result.data.value;
});

$scope.create = function() {
$state.go('main.blog', { id: null });
};

$scope.edit = function (blog) {
$state.go('main.blog', { id: blog.Id });
};
}])
.controller('blogController', ['$scope', '$state', '$stateParams', 'odataService', function ($scope, $state, $stateParams, odataService) {
$scope.Title = 'Blog';
var service = new odataService.GetInstance('/odata/Blogs', { Name: '', Url: '' });

$scope.save = function () {
service.saveEntity($scope.blog).then(function () {
$state.go('main.blogs');
});
};

$scope.delete = function() {
service.deleteEntity($scope.blog).then(function () {
$state.go('main.blogs');
});
};

$scope.close = function() {
$state.go('main.blogs');
};

if ($stateParams.id === '')
$scope.blog = service.createEntity();
else {
odataService.getEntity($stateParams.id).then(function (result) {
$scope.blog = result.data;
});
}
}]);
})(window, window.angular)

With few lines of code I have managed the crud operations.

In my case the odata module can be improved with checks about the entity validations, by using the $metadata informations returned by the odata services and I can retrieve also the entity fields without passing those as parameters, but, anyway, this is a good starting point.

 

 

 

 

Consume Web API with an Angularjs service

Web API in ASP.NET Core

In this post I’ll talk about the Web API in ASP.NET Core and how we can implement a Restful service with this new framework.

One of the main difference in ASP.NET Core is that Web API have an unified class with the classic MVC Controllers.

So the declaration of a Web API in ASP.NET Core is look like this:


public class PostController : Controller
{
}

The attribute of the actions verbs is pretty similar to MVC 5.

We can define the controller route as well and we can do that with the Route attribute:


[Route("api/[controller]")]
public class PostController : Controller
{
}

We can implement an action in the same way as the Web API 2:


[HttpGet("{offset}", Name = "GetPost")]
 public IActionResult Get(int offset)
 {
 var result = _postService.GetPosts(offset, true);

return Ok(result);
 }

With the HttpGet attribute we can specify the verb of the method, the parameters and the action url.

So far so good, now there is the last question about this topic, that is the content negotiation.

Since ASP.NET Core MVC and Web API frameworks are unified, with the attribute Produces we can define the response content type for the controllers.

So, if we want to return a content type in json format, we need to apply this attribute:


[Produces("application/json")]
[Route("api/[controller]")]
public class PostController : Controller
{
}

With this attribute the content type of the request will be application/json, otherwise the controller will returns a response 415 – Unsupported media type.

The source code of the topic is here.

 

Web API in ASP.NET Core

Manage attachments chunks with ASP.NET Web Api

In the previous post I spoke about a custom MultipartFormData stream provider and how it can help us to manage some custom informations included in a request message.

In that example I generated chunks form a file and I sent those to a rest service (AKA Web API) with some additional informations that were then retrieved from the custom provider.

Now I want to use these informations to manage the upload session and merge all the chunks when received.

What I need to do is define the models involved in the process and the service that manage the chunks.

Models

We have to define two stuff, the first one is the model for the chunk:


public class ChunkMetadata
{
public string Filename { get; set; }
public int ChunkNumber { get; set; }

public ChunkMetadata(string filename, int chunkNumber)
{
Filename = filename;
ChunkNumber = chunkNumber;
}
}

The ChunkNumber property deserves an explanation; is the number associated to the chunk and will be useful to understand the correct order when we’ll have to merge all of them.

The second one is the model of the session, that is the bunch of the chunks that compose the file.

First of all we define the interface:


public interface IUploadSession
{
ConcurrentBag<ChunkMetadata> Chunks { get; set; }
string Filename { get; }
long Filesize { get; }
bool AddChunk(string filename, string chunkFileName, int chunkNumber, int totalChunks);
Task MergeChunks(string path);
}

The FileName and Filesize are closely tied to the session; we need AddChunk and MergeChunks methods as well.

We also need a thread safe collection for the chunks that compose the session, so we define a CuncurrentBag collection, that is the thread safe representation of the List.

Now we can implement the model:


public class UploadSession : IUploadSession
{
public string Filename { get; private set; }
public long Filesize { get; private set; }
private int _totalChunks;
private int _chunksUploaded;

public ConcurrentBag<ChunkMetadata> Chunks { get; set; }

public UploadSession()
{
Filesize = 0;
_chunksUploaded = 0;
Chunks = new ConcurrentBag<ChunkMetadata>();
}

public bool AddChunk(string filename, string chunkFileName, int chunkNumber, int totalChunks)
{
if (Filename == null)
{
Filename = filename;
_totalChunks = totalChunks;
}

var metadata = new ChunkMetadata(chunkFileName, chunkNumber);
Chunks.Add(metadata);

_chunksUploaded = Interlocked.Increment(ref _chunksUploaded);
return _chunksUploaded == _totalChunks;
}

public async Task MergeChunks(string path)
{
var filePath = path + Filename;

using (var mainFile = new FileStream(filePath, FileMode.Create))
{
foreach (var chunk in Chunks.OrderBy(c => c.ChunkNumber))
{
using (var chunkFile = new FileStream(chunk.Filename, FileMode.Open))
{
await chunkFile.CopyToAsync(mainFile);
Filesize += chunkFile.Length;
}
}
}

foreach (var chunk in Chunks)
{
File.Delete(chunk.Filename);
}
}
}

The implementation is quite simple.

The AddChunk method add the new chunk to the collection, then increment the _chunksUploaded property with the thread safe operation Interlocked.Increment; at the end, the method returns a bool that is true if all the chunks are received, otherwise false.

The MergeChunks method deal with the retrieve of all the chunks from the file system.

It gets the collection, order by the chunk number, read the bytes from the chunks and copy those to the main file stream.

After all, the chunks are deleted.

Service

The service will have an interface like this:


public interface IUploadService
{
Guid StartNewSession();
Task<bool> UploadChunk(HttpRequestMessage request);
}

In my mind, the StartNewSession method will instantiate a new Session object and assign a new correlation id that is the unique identifier of the session.

This is the implementation:


public class UploadService : IUploadService
{
private readonly Context _db = new Context();
private readonly string _path;
private readonly ConcurrentDictionary<string, UploadSession> _uploadSessions;

public UploadService(string path)
{
_path = path;
_uploadSessions = new ConcurrentDictionary<string, UploadSession>();
}

public async Task<bool> UploadChunk(HttpRequestMessage request)
{
var provider = new CustomMultipartFormDataStreamProvider(_path);
await request.Content.ReadAsMultipartAsync(provider);
provider.ExtractValues();

UploadSession uploadSession;
_uploadSessions.TryGetValue(provider.CorrelationId, out uploadSession);

if (uploadSession == null)
throw new ObjectNotFoundException();

var completed = uploadSession.AddChunk(provider.Filename, provider.ChunkFilename, provider.ChunkNumber, provider.TotalChunks);

if (completed)
{
await uploadSession.MergeChunks(_path);

var fileBlob = new FileBlob()
{
Id = Guid.NewGuid(),
Path = _path + uploadSession.Filename,
Name = uploadSession.Filename,
Size = uploadSession.Filesize
};

_db.FileBlobs.Add(fileBlob);
await _db.SaveChangesAsync();

return true;
}

return false;
}

public Guid StartNewSession()
{
var correlationId = Guid.NewGuid();
var session = new UploadSession();
_uploadSessions.TryAdd(correlationId.ToString(), session);

return correlationId;
}
}

In the StartNewSession method we use the thread safe method TryAdd to add a new session to the CuncurrentBag.

About the UploadChunk method, we seen the first part of the implementation in the previous post.

Once the metadata is retrieved from the request, we try to find the session object with a thread safe operation.

If we don’t find the object, of course we need to throw an exception because we expect that the related session exists.

If the session exists, we add the chunk to the session and we check the result of the operation.

If is the last chunk, we merge all of them and we can do a database operation if needed.

Controller

The implementation of the controller is very simple:


public class FileBlobsController : ApiController
{
private readonly IUploadService _fileBlobsService;
private readonly Context _db = new Context();

public FileBlobsController(IUploadService uploadService)
{
_fileBlobsService = uploadService;
}

[Route("api/fileblobs/getcorrelationid")]
[HttpGet]
public IHttpActionResult GetCorrelationId()
{
return Ok(_fileBlobsService.StartNewSession());
}

[HttpPost]
public async Task<IHttpActionResult> PostFileBlob()
{
if (!Request.Content.IsMimeMultipartContent())
throw new Exception();

var result = await _fileBlobsService.UploadChunk(Request);

return Ok(result);
}
}

You can find the source code here.

Manage attachments chunks with ASP.NET Web Api

Custom MultipartFormDataStreamProvider in C#

Frequently, when we manage multipart/form requests and we send them to the server, we might want to add some additional informations.

Perhaps we might want to split a big file in chunks and we might want to add some additional informations like the id of the upload session, the chunk number, the file name and the total chunks number that compose the file.

Suppose that we use for the client side Angularjs, the code of the controller is quite simple:


.....

public AddAttachment(event) {
let attachments = event.target.files;
if (attachments.length > 0) {
let file: File = attachments[0];

this.$http.get(this.url + "/GetCorrelationId").then((correlationId) => {
let chunks = this.SplitFile(file);

for (let i = 0; i < chunks.length; i++) {
let formData = new FormData();
formData.append("file", chunks[i], file.name);
formData.append("correlationId", correlationId.data);
formData.append("chunkNumber", i + 1);
formData.append("totalChunks", chunks.length);

this.$http.post(this.url, formData, { headers: { "Content-Type": undefined } }).then((result) => {
if(result.data) {
this.Load();
}
});
}
});
}
}

private SplitFile(file: File): Array<Blob> {
let chunks = Array<Blob>();
let size = file.size;
let chunkSize = 1024 * 1024 * 10;
let start = 0;
let end = chunkSize;

while (start < size) {
let chunk = file.slice(start, end);
chunks.push(chunk);
start = end;
end += chunkSize;
}

return chunks;
}

.....

The AddAttachment method is invoked by the view; once the file is retrieved, the split method generate the array of chunks.

Then, with the $http factory we send every single chunks to the server with additional metadata.

In order to read these datas from the server side, we need to implement a custom MultipartFormData stream provider.

The first step is define the interface of our provider:


public interface ICustomMultipartFormDataStreamProvider
{
string ChunkFilename { get; }
int ChunkNumber { get; }
string CorrelationId { get; }
string Filename { get; }
int TotalChunks { get; }
void ExtractValues();
}

The interface has the same properties sent by the client, and a method that deal with extract the values from the message.

Now we can proceed with the implementation:


public class CustomMultipartFormDataStreamProvider : MultipartFormDataStreamProvider, ICustomMultipartFormDataStreamProvider
{
public string Filename { get; private set; }
public string ChunkFilename { get; private set; }
public string CorrelationId { get; private set; }
public int ChunkNumber { get; private set; }
public int TotalChunks { get; private set; }

public CustomMultipartFormDataStreamProvider(string rootPath) : base(rootPath) { }

public CustomMultipartFormDataStreamProvider(string rootPath, int bufferSize) : base(rootPath, bufferSize) { }

public override Task ExecutePostProcessingAsync()
{
foreach (var file in Contents)
{
var parameters = file.Headers.ContentDisposition.Parameters;
var filename = ExtractParameter(parameters, "filename");
if (filename != null) Filename = filename.Value.Trim('\"');
}

return base.ExecutePostProcessingAsync();
}

public void ExtractValues()
{
var chunkFileName = FileData[0].LocalFileName;
var correlationId = FormData?.GetValues("correlationId");
var chunkNumber = FormData?.GetValues("chunkNumber");
var totalChunks = FormData?.GetValues("totalChunks");

if (string.IsNullOrEmpty(chunkFileName) || correlationId == null || chunkNumber == null || totalChunks == null)
throw new Exception("Missing values in UploadChunk session.");

ChunkFilename = chunkFileName;
CorrelationId = correlationId.First();
ChunkNumber = int.Parse(chunkNumber.First());
TotalChunks = int.Parse(totalChunks.First());
}

private NameValueHeaderValue ExtractParameter(ICollection<NameValueHeaderValue> parameters, string name)
{
return parameters.FirstOrDefault(p => p.Name.Equals(name, StringComparison.OrdinalIgnoreCase));
}
}

The class inherits from MultipartFormDataStreamProvider base class and implements our interface.

Two methods are implemented; the first one override ExecutePostProcessingAsync and in this method we retrieve the name of the main file.

The second one extract the custom parameters from the FormData; we retrieve also the chunk filename from the FileData object; this information is included as default information in the MultipartFormData message.

Now the informations are retrieved and we can use the custom provider in a service:


public async Task<bool> UploadChunk(HttpRequestMessage request)
{
var provider = new CustomMultipartFormDataStreamProvider(_path);
await request.Content.ReadAsMultipartAsync(provider);
provider.ExtractValues();

.....
}

The metadata will be available in the provider object.

You can find the source code here.

 

 

Custom MultipartFormDataStreamProvider in C#

Real-time search with ASP.NET and Elasticsearch

A common problem that we are faced when we have deployed our applications is improve the performance of a page or feature.

In my case for example I had a field where I could search and select a city, so the starting elements were a lot and the search was quite slow; I wanted a better user experience.

We can solve performance problems like these with the help of a cache or a full-text search.

I have chosen the last one and elastic search as full-text engine, so I’ll describe the steps that I followed to configure and use it in my application.

Installation

The first step is install the elastic search server, that you can download here.

Once installed we have to start it by executing the following executable:

<Installation path>\bin\elasticsearch.bat

This is the server log:

log

The server will take care to index the content that we will pass to it; in order to do that we need a client to use in our application; in my case the application was .NET and I used NEST.

NEST

As said above, NEST is an elastic search high level client for .NET applications.

The first step is install it in the application with nuget:

Install-package NEST

And in the package.config we’ll have:

package

Now we have all the necessary tools and we can develop the code for the search feature.

Client

We define a client class that has one responsability, that is setup the url and the default index of the client, and that instantiate it:


public class ElasticSearchClient
{
privatereadonlyIElasticClient _client;

publicElasticSearchClient(IElasticClient client)
{
_client = client;
}

publicElasticSearchClient(string uri, string indexName) : this(CreateElasticClient(uri, indexName)) {}

publicIElasticClientGetClient()
{
return_client;
}

privatestaticElasticClientCreateElasticClient(string uri, string indexName)
{
var node = newUri(uri);
var setting = newConnectionSettings(node);
setting.DefaultIndex(indexName);
returnnewElasticClient(setting);
}
}

Once instantiated, the class returns a new instance of the client; we can register it in the startup class of the application with autofac:


public partial class Startup
{
publicvoidConfiguration(IAppBuilder app)
{
var builder = newContainerBuilder();

builder.Register(c => newElasticSearchClient("http://localhost:9200", "cities"))
.AsSelf()
.SingleInstance();
...
}
}

Service base class

A service that uses an elasticsearch index should be able to do some basic operations, that concerns the logics of the full-text indexes.

We have to deal with the initialize a specific index, populate the index with the contents, obviously performs a search on the index with specific parameters.

So, we have to define an interface like this:


internal interface IElasticSearchService<T> where T : class
{
voidInit();
voidCheckIndex();
voidBulkInsert(List<T> objects);
IEnumerable<T> Search(string query);
}

I like to separate the init method, that create the index, from the checkindex method, that check if the index already exists.

Now we can implement the basic service:


public class ElasticSearchService<T> : IElasticSearchService<T> where T : class
{
protectedreadonlyContext Db = newContext();
protectedreadonlyElasticSearchClient ElasticSearchClient;
protectedreadonlystring IndexName;

publicElasticSearchService(ElasticSearchClient elasticSearchClient, string indexName)
{
ElasticSearchClient = elasticSearchClient;
IndexName = indexName;
}

publicvirtualvoidInit()
{
CheckIndex();
BulkInsert(Db.Set<T>().ToList());
}

publicvoidCheckIndex()
{
if (IndexExist()) return;
var response = CreateIndex();

if (!response.IsValid)
{
thrownewException(response.ServerError.ToString(), response.OriginalException);
}
}

publicvoidBulkInsert(List<T> objects)
{
var response = ElasticSearchClient.GetClient().IndexMany(objects, IndexName);
if (!response.IsValid)
{
thrownewException(response.ServerError.ToString(), response.OriginalException);
}
}

publicvirtualIEnumerable<T> Search(string query)
{
var results = ElasticSearchClient.GetClient().Search<T>(c => c.From(0).Size(10).Query(q => q.Prefix("_all", query)));

returnresults.Documents;
}

protectedvirtualIResponseCreateIndex()
{
var indexDescriptor = newCreateIndexDescriptor(IndexName).Mappings(ms => ms.Map<T>(m => m.AutoMap()));
returnElasticSearchClient.GetClient().CreateIndex(indexDescriptor);
}

protectedboolIndexExist()
{
returnElasticSearchClient.GetClient().IndexExists(IndexName).Exists;
}
}

The constructor accept the client and the index name.

We define a virtual init method, that check if the index exists and do a bulkinsert of a list of object; the method is virtual, we think that a derived service could override the method.

This bulkinsert method leverage the client to index the object list and the search method implements a basic search, that searchs in all the fields of the objects by using the special field _all, which contains the concatenate values of all fields.

The method returns the first 10 elements.

Createindex create a specific index with automap option, that infers the elasticsearch fields datatypes from the POCO object that we pass to it; it’s protected, so the derived class could use it.

IndexExists check if an index exists and it can be used from the derived class as well.

Service

Now we can implement a specific service, that inherits from ElasticSearchService class.

In this example I need to search in a list of cities and related districts, so I need to override the CreateIndex method like this:


public sealed class CitiesService : ElasticSearchService<City>
{
publicCitiesService(ElasticSearchClient elasticSearchClient, string indexName): base(elasticSearchClient, indexName) {}

protectedoverrideIResponseCreateIndex()
{
var indexDescriptor = newCreateIndexDescriptor(IndexName).Mappings(
ms => ms.Map<City>(m => m.AutoMap().Properties(ps =>
ps.Nested<District>(n => n
.Name(nn => nn.District)
.AutoMap()))));

returnElasticSearchClient.GetClient().CreateIndex(indexDescriptor);
}

publicoverrideIEnumerable<City> Search(string query)
{
var results = ElasticSearchClient.GetClient().Search<City>(c => c.From(0).Size(10).Query(q => q.Prefix(p => p.Name, query) || q.Term("district.name", query)));

returnresults.Documents.OrderBy(d => d.Name);
}
}

What I need to do is automap the city object and the district, that is a closely related entity of the city; so I have to map the District property as nested with the automap option as well.

Thus I will able to search for all the properties of the city and the district.

The other method that I override is the Search method; I search partially in the name of the city (Prefix) and the specific term in the district name (Term) and I returns the first 10 elements.

Now I have to register the service with autofac:


public partial class Startup
{
public void Configuration(IAppBuilder app)
{
var builder = newContainerBuilder();

builder.Register(c => newElasticSearchClient("http://localhost:9200", "cities"))
.AsSelf()
.SingleInstance();

builder.Register(c => newCitiesService(c.Resolve<ElasticSearchClient>(), "cities"))
.AsSelf()
.AsImplementedInterfaces()
.SingleInstance();

...
}
}

The last step is initialize the full text index of my service:


public partial class Startup
{
publicvoidConfiguration(IAppBuilder app)
{
var builder = newContainerBuilder();

builder.Register(c => newElasticSearchClient("http://localhost:9200", "cities"))
.AsSelf()
.SingleInstance();

builder.Register(c => newCitiesService(c.Resolve<ElasticSearchClient>(), "cities"))
.AsSelf()
.AsImplementedInterfaces()
.SingleInstance();

...

InitElasticSearchServices(containerBuilder);
}

privatestaticvoidInitElasticSearchServices(IContainer containerBuilder)
{
var citiesServices = containerBuilder.Resolve<CitiesService>();
citiesServices.Init();
}
}

I make a new instance of the service and call the Init method of the ElasticSearchService that we have seen above.

This method will create and populate the index.

Web API

Now I can use the service in my Web API, like this:


public class CitiesController : ApiController
{
privatereadonlyCitiesService _elasticSearchService;

publicCitiesController(CitiesService elasticSearchService)
{
_elasticSearchService = elasticSearchService;
}

// GET: api/Cities
publicIEnumerable<City> GetCities(string query)
{
return_elasticSearchService.Search(query);
}

protectedoverridevoidDispose(bool disposing)
{
base.Dispose(disposing);
}
}

You can find the source code of this topic here.

Real-time search with ASP.NET and Elasticsearch

Attachments management with Angular 2

A common issue that we faced in our applications is implement a component to allow the management of the attachment upload.

We need to insert a file input field in the page, grab the change event of the field, extract the file and send it to a service.

Recently I have needed to implement this functionality with Angular 2, so I’m going to explain what I have done.

Services

First of all I implement two different services, one for the file metadata and one for the blob object.

Based on a recent post, I use a base class WebApi and I define the service url:


import { Injectable } from "@angular/core";
import { Http } from "@angular/http";
import { Attachment } from "./attachment.model";
import { WebApi } from "../shared/webapi";

@Injectable()
export class AttachmentService extends WebApi<Attachment> {
constructor(public http: Http) {
super("/api/attachments", http);
}
}

The referenced service is a simple Restful service.

The second one is a service for the blob upload:


import { Injectable } from "@angular/core";
import { Http, Headers, RequestOptions, Response } from "@angular/http";
import { Observable } from "rxjs/Observable";
import { FileBlob } from "./fileBlob.model";
import { WebApi } from "../shared/webapi";

@Injectable()
export class FileBlobService extends WebApi<FileBlob> {
constructor(public http: Http) {
super("/api/fileBlobs", http);
}

public DownloadFile(id: string) {
window.open("api/fileBlobs/GetFileBlob?id=" + id, '_blank');
}

public PostFile(entity: File): Observable<File> {
let formData = new FormData();
formData.append(entity.name, entity);

return this.http.post(this.url, formData).map(this.extractData).catch(this.handleError);
}
}

The PostFile method compose a HTML FormData object with the content of the file and post it to a specific WebApi.

The DownloadFile method is simplier and call a service in a new window that returns the content of the file.

The server-side method is look like this:


public class FileBlobsController : ApiController
{
private readonly Context _db = new Context();

[ResponseType(typeof(Guid))]
public async Task<IHttpActionResult> PostFileBlob()
{
if (!Request.Content.IsMimeMultipartContent())
throw new Exception();

var provider = new MultipartMemoryStreamProvider();
await Request.Content.ReadAsMultipartAsync(provider);

HttpContent content = provider.Contents.First();
var fileName = content.Headers.ContentDisposition.FileName.Trim('\"');
var buffer = await content.ReadAsByteArrayAsync();

var fileBlob = new FileBlob()
{
Id = Guid.NewGuid(),
Name = fileName,
File = buffer
};

_db.FileBlobs.Add(fileBlob);
await _db.SaveChangesAsync();

return Ok(fileBlob.Id);
}
}

We have to use the MultiPartMemoryStreamProvider to retrieve the content of the file and store it in a specific table.

Component

We need two methods, the first one to download the existing attachment, the second one to add a new attachment:


import { Component, Input, Output, EventEmitter } from "@angular/core";
import { Constants } from "../shared/commons";
import { Attachment } from "./attachment.model";
import { FileBlobService } from "./fileBlob.service";
import { AlertService } from "../core/alert.service";

@Component({
moduleId: module.id,
selector: "attachment",
templateUrl: "attachment.component.html"
})

export class AttachmentComponent {
@Input() placeholder: string;
@Input() name: string;
@Input() validationEnabled: boolean;
@Input() attachment: Attachment;
@Output() onSaved = new EventEmitter<Attachment>();
public fileBlob: File;

constructor (private fileBlobService: FileBlobService, private alertService: AlertService) {}

public DownloadAttachment() {
this.fileBlobService.DownloadFile(this.attachment.IdFileBlob);
}

public AddAttachment(event) {
let attachments = event.target.files;
if (attachments.length > 0) {
let file:File = attachments[0];
this.fileBlobService.PostFile(file).subscribe(
(res) => {
let id: string = Constants.guidEmpty;

if (this.attachment != null)
id = this.attachment.Id;

this.attachment = {
Id: id,
IdFileBlob: res.toString(),
Name: file.name,
Size: file.size
};

this.onSaved.emit(this.attachment);
},
(error) => this.alertService.Error(error));
}
}

...
}

The AddAttachment method deserves an explanation; it accepts an event parameter, fired by the file input filed of the ui when a new attachment is selected.

The method retrieves the file from the event and pass it as a parameter to the PostFile method that we have seen above.

Once saved, an object with the file metadata is created and passed with the onSaved event to the parent component, that it deal with the object:


export class InvoiceDetailComponent {
...

public onAttachmentSaved(attachment: Attachment) {
this.attachment = attachment;
}
}

Module

We define a feature module like this:


import { NgModule } from "@angular/core";
import { HttpModule } from "@angular/http";

import { SharedModule } from "../shared/shared.module";
import { AttachmentComponent } from "./attachment.component";
import { AttachmentService } from "./attachment.service";
import { FileBlobService } from "./fileBlob.service";

let options: any = {
autoDismiss: true,
positionClass: 'toast-bottom-right',
};

@NgModule ({
imports: [
SharedModule,
HttpModule
],
exports: [
AttachmentComponent
],
declarations: [
AttachmentComponent
],
providers: [
AttachmentService,
FileBlobService
]
})

export class AttachmentModule {}

The module exports the component and provides the services discussed above.

View

We have to implement the view for the attachment module:

<div *ngIf="AttachmentIsNull()">
<label class="btn btn-primary" for="fileBlob">
<i class="fa fa-paperclip"></i> {{ "ATTACHINVOICE" | translate }}
<input id="fileBlob" type="file" [(ngModel)]="fileBlob" (change)="AddAttachment($event)" [required]="validationEnabled" style="display: none;" />
</label>
</div>
<div *ngIf="!AttachmentIsNull()">
<span *ngIf="attachment" (click)="DownloadAttachment()">{{attachment.Name}}</span>
<input type="button" class="btn btn-primary" value="Upload new" (click)="UploadNewAttachment()" />
</div>

In the view we have a file input field that bind the change event with the AddAttachment method.

The additional buttons allow us to clear the current attachment and upload a new one.

The last change is in the parent view:


<form #invoiceForm="ngForm">
<div class="form">
...
<div class="form-group">
<label for="attachment">{{ "ATTACHMENT" | translate }}</label>
<attachment placeholder="ATTACHMENT" name="attachment" [attachment]="attachment" (onSaved)="onAttachmentSaved($event)" [validationEnabled]="validationEnabled"></attachment>
</div>
</div>
</form>

We have added the attachment component in the view and we have binded the onSaved event, in order to retrieve the file metadata.

You can find the source code here.

 

 

 

 

Attachments management with Angular 2

Http service in Angular 2

Use the http service in Angular 1 meant to deal with promises and defer, because it was based on APIs exposed by the $q service.

Angular 2 makes a step ahead and the new implementation of the http service involves the observable pattern, with the using of RxJS javascript library.

Why this big change? Because an observable is a powerful way to observe the behavior of a variable and its changes, for example when we assign a value or change it.

What we can do to use the http service efficiently is implement a typescript class that exposes the CRUD operation on a generic entity, based on a Web API.

Base class

This class exposes five basic methods to do simple CRUD operations; the first step is import the libraries:


import { Http, Response, Headers, RequestOptions } from "@angular/http";
import { Observable } from "rxjs/Observable";

We import a bunch of objects of the http angular library and the observable library.

Now we can implement the class:


export class WebApi<T> {
protected url: string;
protected options: RequestOptions;

constructor(url: string, public http: Http) {
this.url = url;
let headers = new Headers({ "Content-Type": "application/json" });
this.options = new RequestOptions({ headers: headers });
}

public GetAll(): Observable<T[]> {
return this.http.get(this.url, this.options).map(this.extractData).catch(this.handleError);
};

public Get(id: string): Observable<T> {
return this.http.get(this.url + "/" + id, this.options).map(this.extractData).catch(this.handleError);
}

public Put(id: string, entity: T): Observable<boolean> {
return this.http.put(this.url + "/" + id, JSON.stringify(entity), this.options).map(this.extractResponseStatus).catch(this.handleError);
}

public Post(entity: T): Observable<T> {
return this.http.post(this.url, JSON.stringify(entity), this.options).map(this.extractData).catch(this.handleError);
}

public Delete(id: string): Observable<boolean> {
return this.http.delete(this.url + "/" + id, this.options).map(this.extractResponseStatus).catch(this.handleError);
}

protected extractData(res: Response) {
let body = res.json();
return body || {};
}

protected handleError(error: any) {
let errMsg = (error.message) ? error.message :
error.status ? `${error.status} - ${error.statusText}` : 'Server error';
console.error(errMsg);
return Observable.throw(errMsg);
}

private extractResponseStatus(res: Response) {
return res.ok;
}
}

This is a typed class, with it we are able to define an instance of the class for a specific entity.

All the methods return an Observable property, dealing with the http service; every observable response uses a method to return the json part of the response and another method to handle and log response errors.

This is a class that will be used for our services.

The service

A specific service extends the base class and it can add some specific methods.

The implementation is look like this:


import { Injectable } from "@angular/core";
import { Http } from "@angular/http";
import { Customer } from "./customer.model";
import { WebApi } from "../shared/webapi";

@Injectable()
export class CustomerService extends WebApi<Customer> {
constructor(public http: Http) {
super("/api/customers", http);
}
}

The service extends the WebApi typed class and injects the base url of the Web API and the http service instance.

Using

In a controller we can use the service to retrieve the list of the customers:


.....

import { CustomerService } from "./customer.service";
.....
export class CustomerComponent implements OnInit {
.....
constructor(private customerService: CustomerService, .....) {}

ngOnInit() {
.....
this.Load();
}

public Load() {
.....
this.customerService.GetAll().subscribe(
(data) => {
.....
this.customers = data;
.....
},
(error) => this.alertService.Error(error));
}
}

As you seen above, the GetAll method returns an observable property, so in order to retrieve the reponse, we need to subscribe to it.

The subscribe method can accepts two functions as parameters; the first one will be called if we’ll receive a successfully response; the second one will be executed if an error occurred.

The source code of this topic is available here.

 

Http service in Angular 2