ASP.NET Web API and Streaming Video Content

Below post explains how to stream video content through ASP.Net Web API’s, below is the code for Video Controller which inherits from API Controller. API show both GET and POST approaches.

Main thing to concentrate in the code is usage of Push Stream Content. PushStreamContent enables option to send data in small stream packets which then could be used on client side to stream videos, download large files etc.

    /// API Controller for streaming video files.
    public class VideoController : ApiController
    {
        private const string videoFilePath = "~/Movies/";

        /// Gets the live video.
        [HttpGet]
        [Route("api/video/live")]
        public IHttpActionResult GetLiveVideo(string videoFileId, string fileName)
        {
            string filePath = Path.Combine(HttpContext.Current.Server.MapPath(videoFilePath), fileName);
            return new VideoFileActionResult(filePath);
        }

        /// Gets the live video using post.
        /// The request.
        [HttpPost]
        [Route("api/video/live")]
        public IHttpActionResult GetLiveVideoPost(VideoFileDownloadRequest request)
        {
            string filePath = Path.Combine(HttpContext.Current.Server.MapPath(videoFilePath), request.FileName);
            return new VideoFileActionResult(filePath);
        }
    }

    /// Action Result for Returning Stream
    public class VideoFileActionResult : IHttpActionResult
    {
        private const long BufferLength = 65536;
        public VideoFileActionResult(string videoFilePath)
        {
            this.Filepath = videoFilePath;
        }

        public string Filepath { get; private set; }

        public Task ExecuteAsync(CancellationToken cancellationToken)
        {
            HttpResponseMessage response = new HttpResponseMessage();
            FileInfo fileInfo = new FileInfo(this.Filepath);
            long totalLength = fileInfo.Length;
            response.Content = new PushStreamContent((outputStream, httpContent, transportContext) =>
                {
                    OnStreamConnected(outputStream, httpContent, transportContext);
                });

            response.Content.Headers.ContentLength = totalLength;
            return Task.FromResult(response);
        }

        private async void OnStreamConnected(Stream outputStream, HttpContent content, TransportContext context)
        {
            try
            {
                var buffer = new byte[BufferLength];

                using (var nypdVideo = File.Open(this.Filepath, FileMode.Open, FileAccess.Read, FileShare.Read))
                {
                    var videoLength = (int)nypdVideo.Length;
                    var videoBytesRead = 1;

                    while (videoLength > 0 && videoBytesRead > 0)
                    {
                        videoBytesRead = nypdVideo.Read(buffer, 0, Math.Min(videoLength, buffer.Length));
                        await outputStream.WriteAsync(buffer, 0, videoBytesRead);
                        videoLength -= videoBytesRead;
                    }
                }
            }
            catch (HttpException ex)
            {
                return;
            }
            finally
            {
                // Close output stream as we are done
                outputStream.Close();
            }
        }
    }

 

On the client side you can view the video file using below code snippet

<video width="480" height="320" controls="controls" autoplay="autoplay">
        <source src="api/video/live?videoFileId=1001&fileName=sampleVideo.mp4" type="video/mp4">
    </video>
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Angular 2 Nested Routing – Demo

Angular 2 routing supports nested routing which was kind of lacking in Angular 1.*, unless you use UI-Router in Angular 1. Nested routing can be achieved in Angular using the Component router, which is pretty powerful and configurable and most of all supports deep nested routing, using the component router, you can declaratively specify application states, manage state transitions while taking care of the URL, and load bundles on demand. This blog post will cover how to set up the nested routing, it includes nesting up to 3 levels, but you can do much deeper nesting as well.

So this demo looks some thing like this

nested-routing-1

nested-routing-2

Essentially we have an app (which is a a component) which has following 2 components (child components)

  • Customers – This component has further child components
    • Customers List
    • Prospect Customers
    • Inquiries
  • Orders – This component has further child components
    • Completed Orders
    • In Progress Orders

Lets looks at first app component and lets set up the Main navigation, here is how the app component html looks like, left is navigation area and right is the router outlet where either orders or customer component will be displayed depending upon the route selection.

router-outlet:  It acts as a placeholder that Angular dynamically fills based on the current router state.

nested-routing-3

In the app module we need to define  the routes, here is how the app module looks like

import { BrowserModule } from '@angular/platform-browser';
import { NgModule } from '@angular/core';
import { FormsModule } from '@angular/forms';
import { HttpModule } from '@angular/http';
import { RouterModule, Route } from '@angular/router';
import { CustomersModule } from './customers/customers.module';
import { OrdersModule } from './orders/orders.module';
import { CustomersComponent } from './customers/customers.component';
import { OrdersComponent } from './orders/orders.component';
import { AppComponent } from './app.component';
const appRoutes = [
  {
    path: 'customers',
    component: CustomersComponent,
    loadChildren: './customers/customers.module#CustomersModule',
    data: { preload: true }
  },
  {
    path: 'orders',
    component: OrdersComponent,
    loadChildren: './orders/orders.module#OrdersModule',
    data: { preload: true }

  },
  {
    path: '',
    redirectTo: '/customers',
    pathMatch: 'full',
  },
]
@NgModule({
  declarations: [
    AppComponent
  ],
  imports: [
    BrowserModule, FormsModule, HttpModule, CustomersModule, OrdersModule,
    RouterModule.forRoot(appRoutes)
  ],
  providers: [],
  bootstrap: [AppComponent]
})
export class AppModule { }

 

As you can see we have defined the routes to load Orders and Customers component as well as redirect to customers component by default in case of empty route path.

Also please note the RouterModule.forRoot(appRoutes),  this configures the routing for root module.

RouterModule can be imported multiple times: once per lazily-loaded bundle. Since the router deals with a global shared resource–location, we cannot have more than one router service active. That is why there are two ways to create the module:

  • RouterModule.forRoot
    • forRoot creates a module that contains all the directives, the given routes, and the router service itself.
  • RouterModule.forChild.
    • forChild creates a module that contains all the directives and the given routes, but does not include the router service.

When registered at the root, the module should be used as RouterModule.forRoot as shown in the app module above. For submodules and lazy loaded submodules the module should be used as RouterModule.forChild as shown below for CustomersModule or OrderModules.

loadChildren is a reference to lazy loaded child routes. In the above case if loadChildren is not specified then when user hits http://localhost:4200 then it routes to http://localhost:4200/customers, and displays the customers component but does not load the child components. When we specify loadChildren then it loads the child component.

For loadChildren Angular will fetch the module at the location and then load the routes defined in its router config. The path to the file and name of the module is separated by #. The Router reads the ModuleName given after # and loads the module accordingly. So we did not load CustomersModule and OrdersModule in our AppComponent, instead used loadChildren property in the routing config to lazy load our modules.

By default it loads customer component in the main area, so lets look at the customer component, here is how the html for customer component looks like

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Customers List, Prospect Customers and Inquiries are the bootstrap tabs, clicking on those loads respective component in the router-outlet area.

Here is how the customer module looks like

import { NgModule } from '@angular/core';
import { CommonModule } from '@angular/common';
import { RouterModule, Route } from '@angular/router';
import { CustomersComponent } from './customers.component';
import { CustomersListComponent } from './customers-list/customers-list.component';
import { ProspectsComponent } from './prospects/prospects.component';
import { InquiriesComponent } from './inquiries/inquiries.component';
import { CustomersService } from "./customers.service";
const customersRoutes = [
  {
    path: 'customers',
    component: CustomersComponent,
    children: [
      {
        path: '',
        redirectTo: '/customers/list',
        pathMatch: 'full',
      },
      {
        path: 'list',
        component: CustomersListComponent
      },
      {
        path: 'prospects',
        component: ProspectsComponent
      },
      {
        path: 'inquiries',
        component: InquiriesComponent
      }
    ]
  }
]
@NgModule({
  imports: [
    CommonModule,
    RouterModule.forChild(customersRoutes)
  ],
  declarations: [CustomersComponent, CustomersListComponent, ProspectsComponent, InquiriesComponent],
  providers: [CustomersService]
})
export class CustomersModule { }

 

Over here we are defining routes to load child components of customers component.

Please note RouterModule.forChild(customersRoutes), this configures the child routes for Customer component.

We are also redirecting to Customers list component by default in case of empty routes. So when user hits the URL http://localhost:4200/ app module routing redirects to http://localhost:4200/customers as well as tells to load child components as mentioned above not in the customers component we have a redirect specified that in case of empty route redirect to ‘/customers/list‘ i.e. http://localhost:4200/customer/list.

Screen shot for customers list is covered above,below one shows child components (Prospect and Inquiries respectively).

nested-routing-5nested-routing-6

Similar to customers component Orders Component has its own child component, here is how the html looks like

nested-routing-7

and its module looks some thing like this

import { NgModule } from '@angular/core';
import { CommonModule } from '@angular/common';
import { RouterModule, Route } from '@angular/router';
import { OrdersComponent } from './orders.component';
import { CompletedOrdersComponent } from './completed-orders/completed-orders.component';
import { InProgressOrdersComponent } from './in-progress-orders/in-progress-orders.component';
import { OrdersService } from './orders.service';
const ordersRoutes = [
  {
    path: 'orders',
    component: OrdersComponent,
    children: [
      {
        path: '',
        redirectTo: '/orders/completed',
        pathMatch: 'full',
      },
      {
        path: 'completed',
        component: CompletedOrdersComponent
      },
      {
        path: 'inprogress',
        component: InProgressOrdersComponent
      }
    ]
  }
]
@NgModule({
  imports: [
    CommonModule,
    RouterModule.forChild(ordersRoutes)
  ],
  declarations: [OrdersComponent, CompletedOrdersComponent, InProgressOrdersComponent],
  providers: [OrdersService]
})
export class OrdersModule { }

Screen shot for Completed orders is covered above,below one shows in-progress orders child components.

nested-routing-9

Complete source can be found on GitHub

Angular 2 Pipes – Force Angular 2 to execute Pipe

Earlier in the blogs we had seen samples of Pipes, I am referring to the sample example below again. Below is the grid for displaying list of persons and as you type in the something in multiple filters like name, email and company, that filter criteria will get applied to that persons data and filter the grid items.

blog-oioe-multiple-params-2

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Below is the pipes transform implementation

import {Pipe, PipeTransform } from '@angular/core';
@Pipe({
    name: 'personSearch'
})
export class PersonSearchPipe implements PipeTransform {
    transform(items: Array, nameSearch: string, emailSearch: string, companySearch: string){
        if (items && items.length){
            return items.filter(item =>{
                if (nameSearch && item.name.toLowerCase().indexOf(nameSearch.toLowerCase()) === -1){
                    return false;
                }
                if (emailSearch && item.email.toLowerCase().indexOf(emailSearch.toLowerCase()) === -1){
                    return false;
                }
                if (companySearch && item.company.toLowerCase().indexOf(companySearch.toLowerCase()) === -1){
                    return false;
                }
                return true;
           })
        }
        else{
            return items;
        }
    }
}

You need to register the pipes with the module

import { BrowserModule } from '@angular/platform-browser';
import { NgModule } from '@angular/core';
import { FormsModule } from '@angular/forms';
import { HttpModule } from '@angular/http';

import { AppComponent } from './app.component';
import { PersonSearchPipe } from './personSearch.pipe';
@NgModule({
  declarations: [
    AppComponent,
    PersonSearchPipe
  ],
  imports: [
    BrowserModule,
    FormsModule,
    HttpModule
  ],
  providers: [],
  bootstrap: [AppComponent],

})
export class AppModule { }

blog-oioe-multiple-params-1

In the above grid for displaying list of persons and as you type in the something in multiple filters like name, email and company, that filter criteria will get applied to that persons data and filter the grid items. This works perfectly fine but what if he an item is added to the filter list which matches the filter criteria then this item will not be appended to the filter list, for that to happen we have to replace the array by creating a copy of it and assigning it back to the components persons array which does not seem to be very intuitive way of doing it.

Here is the component code, I have added a setInterval which appends the person item to the array every 5 seconds on the

 ngOnInit() {
    setInterval(() => {
      this.ngzone.run(() => {
        let person = JSON.parse(JSON.stringify(this.persons[0]));
        this.persons.push(person);
        console.log("Length: " + this.persons.length);
      })
    }, 5000)
  }

Now when we have applied filter these appended elements will not be available in the UI as the pipes are not executing , so work around this we can force the pipe to be executed, this can be achieved by adding the fake filter like date time or random number to the pipe and assign the new value every time. In the above scenario I will add the Datetime to the component and pass the same to Pipe, below is the ngOnInit code

 ngOnInit() {
    setInterval(() => {
      this.ngzone.run(() => {
        let person = JSON.parse(JSON.stringify(this.persons[0]));
        this.persons.push(person);
        this.currentDatetime = new Date();
        console.log("Length: " + this.persons.length);
      })
    }, 5000)
  }

Here is the updated pipe code

import {Pipe, PipeTransform } from '@angular/core';
@Pipe({
    name: 'personSearch'
})
export class PersonSearchPipe implements PipeTransform {
    transform(items: Array<any>, nameSearch: string, emailSearch: string, companySearch: string, currentDatetime: Date){
        if (items && items.length){
            return items.filter(item =>{
                if (nameSearch && item.name.toLowerCase().indexOf(nameSearch.toLowerCase()) === -1){
                    return false;
                }
                if (emailSearch && item.email.toLowerCase().indexOf(emailSearch.toLowerCase()) === -1){
                    return false;
                }
                if (companySearch && item.company.toLowerCase().indexOf(companySearch.toLowerCase()) === -1){
                    return false;
                }
                return true;
           })
        }
        else{
            return items;
        }
    }
}

here is the updated Html

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Now your filter will work like charm, as u can see “Johanna Chaney” person getting appended.

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Here is the attached source code 

 

Angular 2 – Pipes passing multiple filters to Pipes

In earlier blog posts we had seen simplistic scenario of using pipes, but what if there is requirement to pass multiple parameters to Pipes in Angular 2,below example demonstrates the same.

Below is the grid for displaying list of persons and as you type in the something in multiple filters like name, email and company, that filter criteria will get applied to that persons data and filter the grid items.

blog-oioe-multiple-params-2

blog-oioe-multiple-params-3

For creating custom pipes you need to create class that implements PipeTransform Interface, this class is then decorated with @Pipe decorator. From the PipeTranform interface you need to implement transform method,  for passing multiple filter parameters to the pipe in the transform method you need to add those parameters like shown below in the code snippet. (nameSearch: string, emailSearch: string, companySearch: string). Transform method implementation then can decide the filtering based on the parameters passed, you can implement your own custom logic over here.

import {Pipe, PipeTransform } from '@angular/core';
@Pipe({
    name: 'personSearch'
})
export class PersonSearchPipe implements PipeTransform {
    transform(items: Array, nameSearch: string, emailSearch: string, companySearch: string){
        if (items && items.length){
            return items.filter(item =>{
                if (nameSearch && item.name.toLowerCase().indexOf(nameSearch.toLowerCase()) === -1){
                    return false;
                }
                if (emailSearch && item.email.toLowerCase().indexOf(emailSearch.toLowerCase()) === -1){
                    return false;
                }
                if (companySearch && item.company.toLowerCase().indexOf(companySearch.toLowerCase()) === -1){
                    return false;
                }
                return true;
           })
        }
        else{
            return items;
        }
    }
}

You need to register the PersonSearchPipe to component module like show below

import { BrowserModule } from '@angular/platform-browser';
import { NgModule } from '@angular/core';
import { FormsModule } from '@angular/forms';
import { HttpModule } from '@angular/http';

import { AppComponent } from './app.component';
import { PersonSearchPipe } from './personSearch.pipe';
@NgModule({
  declarations: [
    AppComponent,
    PersonSearchPipe
  ],
  imports: [
    BrowserModule,
    FormsModule,
    HttpModule
  ],
  providers: [],
  bootstrap: [AppComponent],

})
export class AppModule { }

 

In the HTML for the component add the filter like shown below

blog-oioe-multiple-params-1

 

 

Angular 2 – Passing data to child components

It is very common requirement to pass the data from Parent component to child component. In angular this can be achieved using using the @Input decorator, to define an input for a component, we use the @Input decorator. This decorator tells Angular to treat passed value as an input binding

Below is the Partner Component which has child component Partner contacts, their HTML looks some thing like this
Partner Component

{{partner.name}} {{partner.website}}
<app-partners-contacts-list [contacts]="partner.contacts"></app-partners-contacts-list>

Inside partner component we have child component partner contact list

<app-partners-contacts-list [contacts]="partner.contacts"></app-partners-contacts-list>

Partner Contact List: As u can see for the child component we are setting the partner.contacts array value to the the contacts @Input property on the child component. Child component looks some thing like this

import { Component, OnInit, Input } from '@angular/core';
import { PartnerContacts } from './../../partner.model';
@Component({
  selector: 'app-partners-contacts-list',
  templateUrl: './partners-contacts-list.component.html'
})
export class PartnersContactsListComponent implements OnInit {
  @Input() contacts: PartnerContacts[];
  constructor() { }

  ngOnInit() {
    console.log(this.contacts);
  }

}

As you can see we have declared an @Input property inside the child component so that we can set the this value from parent component.

HTML : It just a table iterating through contacts array.

Angular 2 Custom Pipes

In Angular 1.x we had used Filters extensively be it inbuilt ones or the custom ones. In Angular 2.x filters have been re-branded/renamed to Pipes. Below is an example for building custom pipes in Angular 2.x.

Below is the grid for displaying list of persons and as you type in the something in search criteria it will apply that filter criteria to person name property and filter the grid items.

personlist

personfilteredlist

For creating custom pipes you need to create class that implements PipeTransform Interface, this class is then decorated with @Pipe decorator. From the PipeTranform interface you need to implement transform method, below is the code snippet for the same.

import {Pipe, PipeTransform } from '@angular/core';
@Pipe({
    name: 'personSearch'
})
export class PersonSearchPipe implements PipeTransform {
    transform(items: Array, searchValue: string){
        if (searchValue){
            return items.filter(item =>{
                if (item.name.indexOf(searchValue) > -1){
                    return true;
                }
                return false;
           })
        }
        else{
            return items;
        }
    }
}

You need to register the PersonSearchPipe to component module like show below

import { BrowserModule } from '@angular/platform-browser';
import { NgModule } from '@angular/core';
import { FormsModule } from '@angular/forms';
import { HttpModule } from '@angular/http';

import { AppComponent } from './app.component';
import { PersonSearchPipe } from './personSearch.pipe';
@NgModule({
  declarations: [
    AppComponent,
    PersonSearchPipe
  ],
  imports: [
    BrowserModule,
    FormsModule,
    HttpModule
  ],
  providers: [],
  bootstrap: [AppComponent],

})
export class AppModule { }

 

In the HTML for the component add the filter like shown below

personlisthtml

Attached is the source code over here, to run the source please set up angular-cli and do npm install

JavaScript function compose + ES6 Spread , REST Operators

Below is sample for compose functions using older syntax (Minus ES6)

var add10 = function(x){
  return x + 10;
}

var multiply2 = function(x){
  return x * 2;
}

var square = function(x){
  return x*x;
}

var compose = function(){
  var funcs = arguments;
  return function(){
    var args = arguments;
    for(var count=0;count<funcs.length;count++){
      args = [funcs[count].apply(this, args)];
    }
    return args[0]
  }
}

var f = compose(add10, multiply2, square);
var result = f(10);
console.log(result);

Output is 1600

Now the same can be achieved using the ES6 Spread and REST operator

var add10 = function(x){
  return x + 10;
}

var multiply2 = function(x){
  return x * 2;
}

var square = function(x){
  return x*x;
}

var compose = function(...funcs){
  return function(...args){
    for(var count=0;count<funcs.length;count++){
      args = [funcs[count](...args)];
    }
    return args[0]
  }
}

var f = compose(add10, multiply2, square);
var result = f(10);
console.log(result);

 

REST operator – ES6 introduces the rest operator, three dots (…) that precede a named parameter. That parameter is now a rest parameter that is an Array containing the rest of the parameters, hence the name. Here is the use of REST parameters from the above e.g.

var compose = function(...funcs){
  return function(...args){
    return args[0]
  }
}

One rest parameter per function, there can only be one per function and it must be the last parameter declared in the function header. Attempting to have multiple rest parameters or putting one before other parameters will throw a SyntaxError.

Spread Operator: While rest parameters use the rest operator to combine zero or more parameters into a single array parameter, the spread operator does just the opposite. It separates an array into zero or more parameters.

The spread operator looks exactly like the rest operator. It is the same three dots (…). The only difference is that it is used in function calls and array literals instead of function parameter declarations. The spread operator should be able to replace the majority, if not all, uses of apply.

At first, using the spread operator may not seem like much of an improvement over apply, besides no longer having to specify undefined or this. However, the spread operator can be used anywhere in a function call and may be used more than once as well.

Below is the example for Spread Operator from the above compose sample

args = [funcs[count](...args)];