Often, I write my Azure Storage Table queries on LINQPad and copy over to Visual Studio. I find this workflow faster as I can quickly execute the queries and see the results using the
Dump() extension method. (Many people have tried to port it to Visual Studio and if you are looking for something similar look here and here)
I generally use DynamicTableEntity on
LINQPad as it saves some time. But since
DynamicTableEntity contains all the properties as
Dump() on it won’t print an easy to read output.
But wait, I discussed about ToDynamicList method I wrote for Azure Table Browser on this post. So passing the
DynamicTableEntity collection through this method before dumping will convert it to a flat list. Quick and easy..!
ToDynamicList() every time before calling
Dump() is tedious. can we just override the original
Dump() method? Well, I did not find a strait-forward way to do it; though, I kind of got it working.
One limitation here, is I need to do a
ToList() before calling
Dump() since the type is not
IEnumerable<DynamicTableEntity> at run-time, easy hack was to do a
Paste this custom
Dump() extension method on
My Extensions file along with
ToDynamicList extension method, and resolve the dependencies. You are all set to use it. Here is a simple driver program to show how to use it:
I have created a gist with complete code here. And if you find a better way to override
Dump(), do let me know in the comments… :)