MongoDb 002 : CRUD – Part 1

We will continue with our exploration of MongoDb in this second part of tutorial, working our CRUD examples.

Let’s beging with the ‘C’. In order to create a document, you would need to use, as you can guess, the Insert command.

db.subject.insert({"title":"maths"})

Notice that we are using a new collection named subject here. MongoDb would automatically create the collection if it doesn’t exist. As you would have rightly guessed by now, we would be relying on JSON for passing any parameters for commands.

Let’s now do the same using C#. The first step you need to do is to install the MongoDB.Driver official Nuget package. Once the nuget is installed for our project, let’s start pushing some code in to our collection.

Following Commands gives us access to

string ConnectionString = "mongodb://localhost:27017";
var Client = new MongoClient(ConnectionString);
var Database = Client.GetDatabase("testdb");

The next step is to create the Data Structure which would be serialized and pushed into the DB.

public class SubjectEntity
{
public ObjectId Id { get; set; }

[BsonElement("title")]
public string Title { get; set; }
}

If you look closely, I have decorated each of the elements with BsonElement Attribute. This tells the compiler the literal it should use as key while creating the JSON document. Also if you notice, I have a property called Id of type ObjectId. This is a special type which would hold the unique ID which would be generated by MongoDb. This value is similiar to a GUID and unlike relational Db, we cannot use an autoincrement key, unless we do that bit of logic within our C# code. Honestly I wouldn’t recommend that.

Since I would like to use the ID generated by MongoDb, I have not decorated the Id field with BsonElement attribute, however I would still need in my Data Structure so that I could use it while retrieving data.

Okay, fine then. Let’s push some data to the Db now.

var subjectCollection = Database.GetCollection("subject");
subjectCollection .InsertOne(SubjectEntityInstance);

The above code inserts a object of type SubjectEntity to the Db. Once executed, hit our Console again and check if the Document is added to the SubjectCollection using the find command we learned in the first part of tutorial. Looks good right ?

Let’s try finding it with a find command from C# now.

var nameFilter = Builders.Filter
.Eq(x => x.Title,'maths');
var result = subjectCollection
.FindSync(nameFilter).First();

As you can understand from the code, we are first creating an instance of the filter we would like to use. In this case, we are using an Equality Filter (Subject title should be “maths”). We finally pass the filter to our FindSync Method.

We would be exploring part two of CRUD, Update and Delete in the second part of the tutorial.

The complete list of beginners guide in this series can be found in here

MongoDb 001 : Basic Commands

Before we actually get into MongoDb, let’s begin by importing a Test Db. You can access the JSON file here. Once you have downloaded the file, use following command to import the document into mongodb.

mongoimport --db testdb --collection students --drop --students.json

Let’s break it down, the command tells you to import a file students.json into a database called testdb and collection called students. Let’s go ahead verify if our import is good.

show dbs
use students
show collections

We first checked if the db named students has been created by checking the list of dbs. ‘show dbs’ command displays list of all dbs in the server. We followed it up with ‘use students’ command, which is similiar to the ‘use ‘ command in MySql. Finally, we issued ‘show collection’ command to view the collections in the db. Remember collections are analogous to tables in relational database.

We will now go ahead check out data. In relational database, data is saved as a row in the table. When it comes to Nosql databases, each row is represented as a document.
To view contents of a collection, we issue a find command
db..find()
In our case, it would be

db.students.find()

This would show our 3 documents within the collection. Let’s explore the find command a bit. We could give a specific search filter as arguement, in case we need to find a particular document, similiar to the ‘where’ condition in relational database. Instead of the customary “=” syntax, MongoDb relies on JSON for passing the argument.

db.students.find({"name":"jia anu"})

In case you want to pass more than one arguement, things don’t change much. Yes, you guess right, you pass more data in json.

db.students.find({"name":"jia anu","age":1})

If we need to search use a comparison operator ‘greater than’ or ‘less than’, you would need to use the ‘$gte and $lte commands.
Let’s go ahead and issue a command, say, we need to find all students who age is ‘less than or equal to 1’

db.students.find({"name":"jia anu","age":{$lte:1}})

A comprehensive list of comparison operator can be found in here

The complete list of beginners guide in this series can be found in here

MongoDb : Beginners Guide

MongoDb is definitely fascinating, and it is here to stay, there is no doubts about it. Here is my attempt to put together a small series of tutorial for beginners. Probably sometime down the line, I will put together a beginners guide on some other NoSql Db as well, but here is one for MongoDb, the most widely used NoSql.

001 : Basic Commands

002 : CRUD – Part 1

Circular Button Using Xamarin (Custom Renderer)

The shift to appcompat has affected Android developers, while developing cross platform xamarin application. The first difference you would notice is the buttons are no longer having rounded corner despite assigning the radius. That is a define roadblock when you consider you need a perfect circular button.

However things aren’t actually that bad as it sounds to be. You cannot discount the power custom renderering brings in. What we need to do is write a custom Renderer and ensure shape is set to Oval. Let’s get hands dirty and do some coding.

class CircularButtonRender : Xamarin.Forms.Platform.Android.ButtonRenderer
{
private GradientDrawable _NormalState, _PressedState;

protected override void OnElementChanged(ElementChangedEventArgs<Xamarin.Forms.Button> e)
{
base.OnElementChanged(e);

if (Control != null)
{
var button = e.NewElement;

// Create a drawable for the button's normal state
_NormalState = new Android.Graphics.Drawables.GradientDrawable();
_NormalState.SetColor(button.BackgroundColor.ToAndroid());
_NormalState.SetStroke((int)button.BorderRadius, button.BorderColor.ToAndroid());
_NormalState.SetShape(ShapeType.Oval);

_PressedState = new Android.Graphics.Drawables.GradientDrawable();
_PressedState.SetColor(button.BackgroundColor.ToAndroid());
_PressedState.SetStroke((int)button.BorderRadius, button.BorderColor.ToAndroid());
_PressedState.SetShape(ShapeType.Oval);

// Add the drawables to a state list and assign the state list to the button
var sld = new StateListDrawable();
sld.AddState(new int[] { Android.Resource.Attribute.StatePressed }, _PressedState);
sld.AddState(new int[] { }, _NormalState);
Control.SetBackground(sld);
}
}

}

 The entire source can be found in my Git project here [GitHub].

Private Transport to Personalized Transport

Living in an urban area and planning to take your car out to another corner of town on an evening? What would the first that cross your mind?

Where do I Park my car!!!

Quite honestly that’s what many of us think while taking out car these days. The urban landscape has changed so much over the recent years that even the parking space provided by malls are flooding.  Entering this scenario are two different, yet connected concepts which could change the way people look at transportation. 

The recent surge in investment and interest in the area of autonomous cars are surely gathering momentum. Players like Tesla and Alphabet are not leaving any stones unturned in their quest to rule the autonomous car market. Alphabet recently hired Tesla’s former head of hardware engineering to lead Waymo’s initiatives. It wouldn’t far when fully automated cars ply the public roads.

On other side of the coin are the initiatives by Companies such as Uber promoting online taxi service that never quite rests, on other words require a parking lot. They ply 24×7,literally living on road. Their large fleet of cars allows them to attend customer call within minutes.

Now if we were to step back a bit and wonder why many depend on personal transport over public transport, there are many possibilities we could think of.

First, the ability to reach doorstep of your destination, and second, need for private space which public transport doesn’t provide. Taxis and services like Uber provide solution to the former, but falls short ever so slightly on the latter. The stranger in this scenario would be the driver himself.

This is where autonomous cars can join in provide you a completely personalized transportation service. In fact, Uber on its part has already started investing on autonomous cars.

May be people might still want to use their private cars, but it does open up possibilities of a tomorrow that relies on driver-less personalized public transportation that doesn’t require your to scratch your head over parking.