Writing DynamicTableEntity to Azure Storage Table

There are ample of samples available to show how to insert an object/entity to Azure Storage Table. However, all the samples inherit from TableEntity

This sample shows how to insert custom entities to table when we don’t have a class that inherits from TableEntity.

void Main()
	var account = "";
	var key = "";
	var tableName = "";

    var storageAccount = GetStorageAccount(account, key);
	var cloudTableClient = storageAccount.CreateCloudTableClient();
	var table = cloudTableClient.GetTableReference(tableName);
	var partitionKey = "pk";
	var rowKey = "rk";
	//create the entity
	var entity = new DynamicTableEntity(partitionKey, rowKey, "*", 
		new Dictionary<string,EntityProperty>{
				{"Prop1", new EntityProperty("stringVal")},
				{"Prop2", new EntityProperty(DateTimeOffset.UtcNow)},
	//save the entity
	//retrieve the entity

static CloudStorageAccount GetStorageAccount(string accountName, string key, bool useHttps = true)
	var storageCredentials = new StorageCredentials(accountName, key);
	var storageAccount = new CloudStorageAccount(storageCredentials, useHttps: useHttps);
	return storageAccount;

This code makes use of DynamicTableEntity which can take properties and values as IDictionary.

This code is written for LinQPad. Introduction on how to use Azure Storage Table can be found here.

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