Sunday, July 27, 2014

RavenDB 2.5 vs 3.0 Write Performance (so far)

Is Voron out performing Esent in RavenDB 3.0?

...not yet, at least in terms of write speed. I ran a few tests on my home machine to compare the write and indexing speeds of Raven 2.5 (build 2908) against Raven 3.0 (build 3358). Unfortunately the results were not encouraging. However it is worth pointing out that the Raven team did save their performance updates for last when releasing Raven 2.5, so I do expect that this will improve before we see an RC.

Test Results

Here are the results of my (little) performance tests:

Document Count RavenDB 2.5 RavenDB 3.0 Difference
Elapsed Import Time Elapsed Index Time Elapsed Import Time Elapsed Index Time Import Percent Index Percent
0 - 100k 0:57.48 1:41.45 1:08.59 1:25.39 -19.33% 15.82%
100k - 200k 1:02.68 1:34.85 1:10.87 1:35.65 -13.08% -0.84%
200k - 300k 1:00.34 2:17.84 1:12.94 1:47.20 -20.89% 22.22%
300k - 400k 1:00.85 1:38.59 1:13.46 1:45.61 -20.73% -7.12%
400k - 500k 1:02.03 1:38.70 1:12.03 1:58.51 -16.12% -20.07%

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Python 2.6 and HTTP Basic Authentication

I recently encountered an issue where adding basic authentication to some HTTP calls was breaking a Python application.

Come to find out there is a bug in Python 2.6 that appends a newline character to base 64 encoded strings. That newline character then causes your HTTP request to be malformed, so that the body does not match the content length. When consuming these malformed requests in an ASP.NET sever the body content would cut off early, and in the case of JSON content this made it so that the JSON string was incomplete and could not be parsed.

So what's the fix? You can either update Python, or fix your string after encoding.


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Use RavenDB to power Data Driven xUnit Theories

I love xUnit's data driven unit tests, I also really enjoy working with RavenDB, and now I can use them together!

Data driven unit tests are very powerful tools that allow you to execute the same test code against multiple data sets. Testing frameworks such as xUnit makes this extremely easy to develop by offering an out of the box set attributes to quickly and easily annotate your test methods with dynamic data sources.

Below is some simple code that adds a RavenDataAttribute to xUnit. This attribute will pull arguments from a document database and pass them into your unit test, using the fully qualified method name as a key.

Example Unit Tests

public class RavenDataTests
    public void PrimitiveArgs(int number, bool isDivisibleBytwo)
        var remainder = number % 2;
        Assert.Equal(isDivisibleBytwo, remainder == 0);
    public void ComplexArgs(ComplexArgsModel model)
        var remainder = model.Number % 2;
        Assert.Equal(model.IsDivisibleByTwo, remainder == 0);
    [Fact(Skip = "Only run once for setup")]
    public void Setup()
        var type = typeof(RavenDataTests);
        var primitiveArgsMethod = type.GetMethod("PrimitiveArgs");
        var primitiveArgs = new object[] { 3, false };
        RavenDataAttribute.SaveData(primitiveArgsMethod, primitiveArgs);
        var complexArgsMethod = type.GetMethod("ComplexArgs");
        var complexArgsModel = new ComplexArgsModel
            IsDivisibleByTwo = true,
            Number = 4
        RavenDataAttribute.SaveData(complexArgsMethod, complexArgsModel);
    public class ComplexArgsModel
        public int Number { get; set; }
        public bool IsDivisibleByTwo { get; set; }

Monday, June 30, 2014

LearnerJS: Back to Basics Presentation

Thanks to everyone who came out for the inaugural meeting of LearnerJS!


Back to Basics: The importance of testable modular JavaScript components.


What do jQuery Plugins, Angular Directives, Knockout Components, and Ext JS classes all have in common? Modular Components! In this session we will discuss the importance of modular and reusable JavaScript components, define goals for abstraction and test-ability, and get into some demos showing how to achieve those goals.



Saturday, June 21, 2014

Waiting for Events with Tasks in .NET

Would you like to just await the next time that an event fires? It takes a little setup, but you can!

Migrating your code from using an Event-based Asynchronous Pattern to an Task-based Asynchronous Pattern can be very tricky. You can use the TaskCompletionSource to manage your Task, and then you just need to create the wire up around registering and unregistering your event handler. Unfortunately this process is not nearly as generic as I would like.

Event-based Asynchronous Pattern Tests

Here is a way of waiting for an event to fire by simply sleeping while we wait.

This is a terrible solution because we can not know how long we will have to wait for the event. This means we have to wait for one long time period, or we have to periodically poll to see if the event has fired.

public delegate void SingleParamTestDelegate(int key, string value);

Saturday, June 14, 2014

NUnit TestCase, the Data Driven Unit Test

A while back I wrote a blog post about data driven unit testing with xUnit. Back then a reader had to correct me because I did not think that NUnit had support for such things.

NUnit 2.5 added a slew of great features for authoring your own data driven unit tests. Perhaps best of all is the amazing support that ReSharper offers for the NUnit test cases.

You really should be using these amazing features when authoring your unit tests!

Data Driven NUnit Samples

// Here is a simple example that is the equivalent of an
// inline data attribute from xUnit.
[TestCase(1, 2, 3)]
[TestCase(2, 3, 5)]
public void SimpleSumCase(int a, int b, int expected)
    var actual = a + b;
    Assert.AreEqual(expected, actual);

Sunday, June 8, 2014

How to stream a FileResult from one web server to another with ASP.NET MVC

MVC has a lot of great built in tooling, including the ability to stream very large file results straight from disk without having to load the whole file stream into memory.

What about the scenario where you want to stream a large file from one web server to another?

For example, I have an ASP.NET MVC application that needs to expose a download for a file hosted on another server, but I can not just redirect my users directly to the other URL. For that, we need to create a custom ActionResult type!


Here is a simple of example of what your controller might look like:

public class FileController : Controller
    public ActionResult LocalFile()
        return new FilePathResult(@"c:\files\", "application/zip");
    public ActionResult RemoteFile()
        return new WebRequestFileResult("http://otherserver/");
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