Step 3: Load Sample Data into the DynamoDB Table - Amazon DynamoDB
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Step 3: Load Sample Data into the DynamoDB Table

In this step of the Microsoft .NET and DynamoDB Tutorial, you populate the new Movies table in Amazon DynamoDB with sample data from the Internet Movie Database (IMDb). This data is stored in JSON format in a local text file named moviedata.json.

For each movie, moviedata.json defines a year name-value pair, a title name-value pair, and a complex info object, as illustrated by the following example.

{ "year" : 2013, "title" : "Turn It Down, Or Else!", "info" : { "directors" : [ "Alice Smith", "Bob Jones" ], "release_date" : "2013-01-18T00:00:00Z", "rating" : 6.2, "genres" : [ "Comedy", "Drama" ], "image_url" : "", "plot" : "A rock band plays their music at high volumes, annoying the neighbors.", "rank" : 11, "running_time_secs" : 5215, "actors" : [ "David Matthewman", "Ann Thomas", "Jonathan G. Neff" ] } }

Before loading the moviedata.json file, the Main function in DynamoDB_intro checks to determine whether the Movies table exists and is still empty. If so, it waits on an asynchronous LoadingData_async function that is implemented in the 03_LoadingData.cs file.

using System; using System.IO; using System.Threading.Tasks; using Amazon.DynamoDBv2.DocumentModel; using Newtonsoft.Json; using Newtonsoft.Json.Linq; namespace DynamoDB_intro { public static partial class DdbIntro { public static async Task<bool> LoadingData_async(Table table, string filePath) { var movieArray = await ReadJsonMovieFile_async(filePath); if (movieArray != null) await LoadJsonMovieData_async(table, movieArray); return true; } public static async Task<JArray> ReadJsonMovieFile_async(string jsonMovieFilePath) { StreamReader sr = null; JsonTextReader jtr = null; JArray movieArray = null; Console.WriteLine(" -- Reading the movies data from a JSON file..."); try { sr = new StreamReader(jsonMovieFilePath); jtr = new JsonTextReader(sr); movieArray = (JArray)await JToken.ReadFromAsync(jtr); } catch (Exception ex) { Console.WriteLine(" ERROR: could not read the file!\n Reason: {0}.", ex.Message); } finally { jtr?.Close(); sr?.Close(); } return movieArray; } public static async Task<bool> LoadJsonMovieData_async(Table moviesTable, JArray moviesArray) { int n = moviesArray.Count; Console.Write(" -- Starting to load {0:#,##0} movie records into the Movies table asynchronously...\n" + "" + " Wrote: ", n); for (int i = 0, j = 99; i < n; i++) { try { string itemJson = moviesArray[i].ToString(); Document doc = Document.FromJson(itemJson); Task putItem = moviesTable.PutItemAsync(doc); if (i >= j) { j++; Console.Write("{0,5:#,##0}, ", j); if (j % 1000 == 0) Console.Write("\n "); j += 99; } await putItem; } catch (Exception) { return false; } } return true; } } }

LoadingData_async begins by waiting on ReadJsonMovieFile_async. This function reads the moviedata.json file using the open-source Newtonsoft Json.NET library, which is licensed under the MIT License.

When the data has been read successfully, LoadingData_async waits on LoadJsonMovieData_async to load the movie records into the Movies table using the DynamoDB document-model Table.PutItemAsync API. For information about the document model API, see .NET: Document Model.

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Step 4: Add a Movie to the DynamoDB Table