It’s been a while since I’ve even looked at Fluent Management but I wanted to add some things to it over the last couple of months and HPC, Big Data and general consulting and product development has kept me too busy as well as the continual release cycle of the Azure product teams who are putting out some incredible things and keeping me learning on a daily basis!

Anyway, a couple of things I’ve wanted to add to fluent management since June are OPC packaging deconstruction so that the reliance on msbuild can be phased out and there can be a clean addition of SSL certificates and VM Size updates without the rebuild. Obviously, like many things and many of you, I’m half way through this. It will get finished hopefully in time for the next Azure SDK release which is, I hope, not too far away.

In the interim I decided to write a Linq provider given that we’re beginning to use more queries against Azure in our own applications and this is much better mechanism to query data than the Fluent API. At the moment it only supports queries to storage services but I’ll do a drop which extends this to Cloud Services.

This weekend I’m opening up the source and pushing to Github. It’s been on Bitbucket since its inception but not a lot of people use Mercurial anymore so I thought we’d move with the times. It would be good to get some community involvement with the development of Fluent Management anyway. Some people in our UK community have offered and their support which will be most welcome!

Here is a small snippet of code which will allow you to pull back a named storage account with keys. This week I’ll do another drop to add storage account metadata to the storage structure so that there is everything you need to know returning from a single filtered query.

var inputs = new LinqToAzureInputs()
{
   ManagementCertificateThumbprint = TestConstants.LwaugThumbprint,
   SubscriptionId = TestConstants.LwaugSubscriptionId
};
var queryableStorage = new LinqToAzureOrderedQueryable<StorageAccount>(inputs);

var query = from account in queryableStorage
            where account.Name == "<my storage account>"
            select account;

Assert.AreEqual(1, query.Count());
var storageAccount = query.FirstOrDefault();
Debug.WriteLine(storageAccount.Name);
Debug.WriteLine(storageAccount.Url);
Debug.WriteLine(storageAccount.PrimaryAccessKey);
Debug.WriteLine(storageAccount.SecondaryAccessKey);

Happy trails. I’ll publish the repo url in he next couple of days for anyone interested.

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