.NET and DAX - Amazon DynamoDB
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.NET and DAX

Follow these steps to run the .NET sample on your Amazon EC2 instance.


This tutorial uses the .NET 6 SDK, but will work with the .NET Core SDK also. It shows how you can run a program in your default Amazon VPC to access your Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) cluster. If you prefer, you can use the Amazon Toolkit for Visual Studio to write a .NET application and deploy it into your VPC.

For more information, see Creating and Deploying Elastic Beanstalk Applications in .NET Using Amazon Toolkit for Visual Studio in the Amazon Elastic Beanstalk Developer Guide.

To run the .NET sample for DAX
  1. Go to the Microsoft Downloads page and download the latest .NET 6 (or .NET Core) SDK for Linux. The downloaded file is dotnet-sdk-N.N.N-linux-x64.tar.gz.

  2. Extract the SDK files.

    mkdir dotnet tar zxvf dotnet-sdk-N.N.N-linux-x64.tar.gz -C dotnet

    Replace N.N.N with the actual version number of the .NET SDK (for example: 6.0.100).

  3. Verify the installation.

    alias dotnet=$HOME/dotnet/dotnet dotnet --version

    This should print the version number of the .NET SDK.


    Instead of the version number, you might receive the following error:

    error: libunwind.so.8: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

    To resolve the error, install the libunwind package.

    sudo yum install -y libunwind

    After you do this, you should be able to run the dotnet --version command without any errors.

  4. Create a new .NET project.

    dotnet new console -o myApp

    This requires a few minutes to perform a one-time-only setup. When it is complete, run the sample project.

    dotnet run --project myApp

    You should receive the following message: Hello World!

  5. The myApp/myApp.csproj file contains metadata about your project. To use the DAX client in your application, modify the file so that it looks like the following.

    <Project Sdk="Microsoft.NET.Sdk"> <PropertyGroup> <OutputType>Exe</OutputType> <TargetFramework>net6.0</TargetFramework> </PropertyGroup> <ItemGroup> <PackageReference Include="AWSSDK.DAX.Client" Version="*" /> </ItemGroup> </Project>
  6. Download the sample program source code (.zip file).

    wget http://docs.aws.amazon.com/amazondynamodb/latest/developerguide/samples/TryDax.zip

    When the download is complete, extract the source files.

    unzip TryDax.zip
  7. Now run the sample programs, one at a time. For each program, copy its contents into the myApp/Program.cs, and then run the MyApp project.

    Run the following .NET programs. The first program creates a DynamoDB table named TryDaxTable. The second program writes data to the table.

    cp TryDax/dotNet/01-CreateTable.cs myApp/Program.cs dotnet run --project myApp cp TryDax/dotNet/02-Write-Data.cs myApp/Program.cs dotnet run --project myApp
  8. Next, run some programs to perform GetItem, Query, and Scan operations on your DAX cluster. To determine the endpoint for your DAX cluster, choose one of the following:

    • Using the DynamoDB console — Choose your DAX cluster. The cluster endpoint is shown on the console, as in the following example.

    • Using the Amazon CLI — Enter the following command.

      aws dax describe-clusters --query "Clusters[*].ClusterDiscoveryEndpoint"

      The cluster endpoint is shown in the output, as in the following example.

      { "Address": "my-cluster.l6fzcv.dax-clusters.us-east-1.amazonaws.com", "Port": 8111, "URL": "dax://my-cluster.l6fzcv.dax-clusters.us-east-1.amazonaws.com" }

    Now run the following programs, specifying your cluster endpoint as a command line parameter. (Replace the sample endpoint with your actual DAX cluster endpoint.)

    cp TryDax/dotNet/03-GetItem-Test.cs myApp/Program.cs dotnet run --project myApp dax://my-cluster.l6fzcv.dax-clusters.us-east-1.amazonaws.com cp TryDax/dotNet/04-Query-Test.cs myApp/Program.cs dotnet run --project myApp dax://my-cluster.l6fzcv.dax-clusters.us-east-1.amazonaws.com cp TryDax/dotNet/05-Scan-Test.cs myApp/Program.cs dotnet run --project myApp dax://my-cluster.l6fzcv.dax-clusters.us-east-1.amazonaws.com

    Take note of the timing information—the number of milliseconds required for the GetItem, Query, and Scan tests.

  9. Run the following .NET program to delete TryDaxTable.

    cp TryDax/dotNet/06-DeleteTable.cs myApp/Program.cs dotnet run --project myApp

For more information about these programs, see the following sections: