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AutoQuery Memory Data Source

The simplest data source we can query is an in-memory .NET collection registered with ctx.MemorySource(). But how the collection is populated remains up to you. The example below shows registering collections from multiple sources inc. in-line code, populated from a CSV file (utilizing ServiceStack’s new CSV deserialization support) and populated from a 3rd Party API using HTTP Utils:

//Declaration in code
var countries = new[] {
    new Country { ... },
    new Country { ... },

//From CSV File
List<Currency> currencies = File.ReadAllText("currencies.csv").FromCsv<List<Currency>>();

//From 3rd Party API
List<GithubRepo> repos = "https://api.github.com/orgs/ServiceStack/repos"
    .GetJsonFromUrl(req => req.UserAgent="AutoQuery").FromJson<List<GithubRepo>>();

//AutoQuery Data Plugin
Plugins.Add(new AutoQueryDataFeature { MaxLimit = 100 }
    .AddDataSource(ctx => ctx.MemorySource(countries))
    .AddDataSource(ctx => ctx.MemorySource(currencies))
    .AddDataSource(ctx => ctx.MemorySource(repos))

After data sources are registered, you can then create AutoQuery Data Services to query them:

public class QueryCountries : QueryData<Country> {}

public class QueryCurrencies : QueryData<Currency> {}

public class QueryGithubRepos : QueryData<GithubRepo> {}

With just the empty Request DTO’s above they’re now queryable like any other AutoQuery Service, e.g:

  • /countries?code=AU
  • /currencies.json?code=AUD
  • /repos.csv?watchers_count>=100&orderBy=-watchers_count,name&fields=name,homepage,language

Cacheable Data Sources

The examples above provides a nice demonstration of querying static memory collections. But Data Sources offers even more flexibility where you’re also able to query and cache dynamic .NET collections that are customizable per-request.

The registration below shows an example of this where results are dynamically fetched from GitHub’s API and persisted in the local in-memory cache for 5 minutes - throttling the number of requests made to the external 3rd Party API:

.AddDataSource(ctx => ctx.MemorySource(() => 
   .GetJsonFromUrl(req => req.UserAgent="AutoQuery").FromJson<List<GithubContributor>>(),

We can now create an AutoQuery Data Service to query the above cached GithubContributor Memory Source:

public class QueryContributors : QueryData<GithubContributor>
    public string Repo { get; set; }

Thanks to the Typed Request DTO we also get an end-to-end Typed API for free which we can use to query the contributors result-set returned from GitHub’s API. As an example we can view the Top 20 Contributors for the ServiceStack Project with:

var top20Contributors = client.Get(new QueryContributors {
    Repo = "ServiceStack",
    OrderByDesc = "Contributions",
    Take = 20

top20Contributors.PrintDump(); // Pretty print results to Console