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Google Cloud Datastore(NoSQL database)

Cloud Datastore is a highly-scalable NoSQL database which Google promotes for scenarios that require high-availabilty and durability, and is capable of multiple features such as ACID transactions, SQL-like queries, indexes and many more. This in combination with the characteristic for the NoSQL database solutions of being able to handle different data types, great scalability and the great performance makes it a choice you should have in mind when considering the architecture of your application.

You can find more detailed information regarding the Cloud Datastore product on its official documentation page.

The purpose of this article is to familiarize you with the .NET API designed for the product and show you how you can manipulate the database - add, retrieve and update items from it.


For the purpose of this example, you have to enable the Google Cloud DataStore API. Please read the Getting Started article for more information on how you can achieve that. You also have to set up a DataStore instance which can be done by following the Datastore Quickstart tutorial.

Step 1: Create the WPF Application

Create a standard WPF application and add a RadDataForm. It will provide an interface to update the entities in your DataStore instance. Please note that we are handling the EditEnded event with a command via the EventToCommandBehavior.

Example 1: Defining the view

<telerik:RadDataForm ItemsSource="{Binding Tasks}" AutoCommit="False" AutoEdit="True" AutoGeneratingField="RadDataForm_AutoGeneratingField"> 
        <telerik:EventBinding EventName="EditEnded" Command="{Binding EditEndedCommand}" /> 

Step 2: Install the NuGet package

Open the NuGet Package Manager and install the Google.Cloud.Datastore.V1 package.

Google DataStore Nuget

Step 3: Define the business object

Example 2 shows the Task class which will hold the example data. The Id property will be used for retrieving the item from the DataStore instance.

Example 2: Defining the Task class

public class Task 
    public long Id { get; set; } 
    public string Description { get; set; } 
    public bool Done { get; set; } 
    public DateTime Created { get; set; } 
Public Class Task 
    Public Property Id() As Long 
    Public Property Description() As String 
    Public Property Done() As Boolean 
    Public Property Created() As Date 
End Class 

Step 4: Define the ViewModel

The next step is to create the ViewModel. It will need a DatastoreDb object which will be responsible for adding, retrieving and updating entities from the DataStore instance and a KeyFactory object which will create keys.

Example 3: Defining the ViewModel

public class ViewModel : ViewModelBase 
    private DatastoreDb db; 
    private KeyFactory keyFactory; 
    public ObservableCollection<Task> Tasks { get; set; } 
    public ICommand EditEndedCommand { get; set; } 
    public ViewModel(string projectId) 
        this.db = DatastoreDb.Create(projectId); 
        this.keyFactory = db.CreateKeyFactory("Task"); 
        this.Tasks = this.GetTasksFromDataStore(); 
        this.EditEndedCommand = new DelegateCommand(OnEditEnded); 
    private void AddTasksToDataStore(int numberOfTasks) 
        for (int i = 0; i < numberOfTasks; i++) 
            this.AddTask($"Task {i}"); 
    Google.Cloud.Datastore.V1.Key AddTask(string description) 
        Entity task = new Entity() 
            Key = keyFactory.CreateIncompleteKey(), 
            ["Description"] = new Value() 
                StringValue = description, 
                ExcludeFromIndexes = true 
            ["Created"] = DateTime.UtcNow, 
            ["Done"] = false 
        return db.Insert(task); 
    private ObservableCollection<Task> GetTasksFromDataStore() 
        ObservableCollection<Task> tasksToReturn = new ObservableCollection<Task>(); 
        Query query = new Query("Task"); 
        DatastoreQueryResults tasks = db.RunQuery(query); 
        foreach (var entity in tasks.Entities) 
            Task task = new Task(); 
            task.Done = (bool)entity["Done"]; 
            task.Created = (DateTime)entity["Created"]; 
            task.Description = (string)entity["Description"]; 
            task.Id = entity.Key.Path[0].Id; 
        return tasksToReturn; 
    private void OnEditEnded(object obj) 
        foreach (var task in this.Tasks) 
            Google.Cloud.Datastore.V1.Key key = keyFactory.CreateKey(task.Id); 
            var entity = db.Lookup(key); 
            entity["Done"] = task.Done; 
            entity["Description"] = task.Description; 
            entity["Created"] = task.Created; 
Public Class ViewModel 
Inherits ViewModelBase 
    Private db As DatastoreDb 
    Private keyFactory As KeyFactory 
    Public Property Tasks() As ObservableCollection(Of Task) 
    Public Property EditEndedCommand() As ICommand 
    Public Sub New(ByVal projectId As String) 
        Me.db = DatastoreDb.Create(projectId) 
        Me.keyFactory = db.CreateKeyFactory("Task") 
        Me.Tasks = Me.GetTasksFromDataStore() 
        Me.EditEndedCommand = New DelegateCommand(AddressOf OnEditEnded) 
    End Sub 
    Private Sub AddTasksToDataStore(ByVal numberOfTasks As Integer) 
        For i As Integer = 0 To numberOfTasks - 1 
            Me.AddTask($"Task {i}") 
        Next i 
    End Sub 
    Private Function AddTask(ByVal description As String) As Google.Cloud.Datastore.V1.Key 
        Dim task As New Entity() With { 
            .Key = keyFactory.CreateIncompleteKey(), 
            ("Description") = New Value() With { 
                .StringValue = description, 
                .ExcludeFromIndexes = True 
            ("Created") = Date.UtcNow, 
            ("Done") = False 
        Return db.Insert(task) 
    End Function 
    Private Function GetTasksFromDataStore() As ObservableCollection(Of Task) 
        Dim tasksToReturn As New ObservableCollection(Of Task)() 
        Dim query As New Query("Task") 
        Dim tasksFromDataStore As DatastoreQueryResults = db.RunQuery(query) 
        For Each entity In tasksFromDataStore.Entities 
            Dim task As New Task() 
            task.Done = CBool(entity("Done")) 
            task.Created = CDate(entity("Created")) 
            task.Description = CStr(entity("Description")) 
            task.Id = entity.Key.Path(0).Id 
        Next entity 
        Return tasksToReturn 
    End Function 
    Private Sub OnEditEnded(ByVal obj As Object) 
        For Each task In Me.Tasks 
            Dim key As Google.Cloud.Datastore.V1.Key = keyFactory.CreateKey(task.Id) 
            Dim entity = db.Lookup(key) 
            entity("Done") = task.Done 
            entity("Description") = task.Description 
            entity("Created") = task.Created 
        Next task 
    End Sub 

End Class

In the AddTasksToDataStore method we are adding a couple of Task entities which have the same properties as our Task class. Then in the GetTasksFromDataStore method we are retrieving the entities from the DataStore instance, converting them to Task objects and adding them to an ObservableCollection which will be the ItemsSource of our RadDataForm. In the OnEditEnded method which is called when the EditEnded event of the RadDataForm is fired, we are using the Id property of the Task objects in order to retrieve the correct entity from the DataStore instance, modify it and update it.

In order to connect to the DataStore database, you need to have a GOOGLE_APPLICATION_CREDENTIALS environment variable set pointing to the JSON file downloaded when creating a service account.

For more information on Datastore API, check out the Getting started with the Google Cloud Datastore API article.

Step 5: Set the DataContext

All that is left is to set the DataContext to the ViewModel and pass your project id as a parameter. Please note that we are preventing the generation of a field for the Id property of the Task objects since we only need it for retrieving the correct entity from the DataStore.

Example 4: Set the DataContext

public partial class MainWindow : Window 
    public MainWindow() 
        string projectId = "myProjectId"; 
        this.DataContext = new ViewModel(projectId); 
    private void RadDataForm_AutoGeneratingField(object sender, Telerik.Windows.Controls.Data.DataForm.AutoGeneratingFieldEventArgs e) 
        if (e.PropertyName == "Id") 
            e.Cancel = true; 
Partial Public Class MainWindow 
Inherits Window 
    Public Sub New() 
        Dim projectId As String = "myProjectId" 
        Me.DataContext = New ViewModel(projectId) 
    End Sub 
    Private Sub RadDataForm_AutoGeneratingField(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As Telerik.Windows.Controls.Data.DataForm.AutoGeneratingFieldEventArgs) 
        If e.PropertyName = "Id" Then 
            e.Cancel = True 
        End If 
    End Sub 
End Class 

In order to locate your project id, please read the Locate the project ID help article.

Figure 1: Result from example in the Office2016 theme

Google Cloud DataStore example

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