Azure Tip:- WCF WebRole Accessing Table Storage:- SetPublisherAccess error

If you are using a WCF Web Role to access table storage you might come across the following error

SetConfigurationSettingPublisher needs to be called before FromConfigurationSetting can be used

The following steps can help you

1. Ensure you have the Cloud project set up as the start up project

2. Ensure you are using the service reference of the Dev Environment web role and not your local IIS port( Another post on that incase you are facing an Add Service reference issue here but for now just replace the port in the web.config with

3. If you are using Azure SDK 1.2 then add the following code to your WebRole.cs OnStart method

CloudStorageAccount.SetConfigurationSettingPublisher((configName,configSettingPublisher) =>
    var connectionString = RoleEnvironment.GetConfigurationSettingValue(configName);

4. If you are using Azure SDK 1.3 then add a Global.asax to your WebService Web Role and add the following code

protected void Application_Start(object sender, EventArgs e)
       (configName, configSettingPublisher) =>
           var connectionString =
       } );

5. Ensure you have WCF Http Activation On ( in control panel—> Windows Features)

Watch this space for lots more Azure tips!



Bulb Flash:- Azure Message Queues-Passing objects

Azure queue takes either an array of bytes or a string as an input. While working on a web role- worker role interaction , i needed to pass the entire TableServiceEntity object(basically the Azure table datamodel) to the worker role.

I needed the partition key, the row key as well as some other attributes of the database entity in the worker role to do some processing…the best way out was XML Serialization!!

//serialize the tableserviceentity object in your webrole

Suppose your TableServiceEntity class is called XYZDataModel

//Deserialize it in your worker role

And now you have your XYZDataModel entity recreated in your worker role!!..Hope this helps you..We certainly will try to remember this piece of code!!