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Http Message Handlers with the new version of Azure Mobile Services client for Windows Store apps


Some times ago in this blog we talked about how to use Service filters with Azure Mobile Services client for Windows Store apps. With the new version of the client (0.3.3 RC at the time of writing), the Service Filters mechanism has been replaced by Http Message Handlers, that are part of HttpClient. So, now we can use a standard class instead of a specific one.

Converting a service filter to a message handler is straightforward. The Trace filter that has been shown in these pages becomes the following:

public class TraceHandler : DelegatingHandler
    protected override async Task<HttpResponseMessage> SendAsync(
        HttpRequestMessage request, CancellationToken cancellationToken)
        Debug.WriteLine("MOBILE SERVICE REQUEST:");
        Debug.WriteLine("Uri: " + request.RequestUri);
        Debug.WriteLine("Method: " + request.Method);

        if (request.Content != null)
            var content = await request.Content.ReadAsStringAsync();
                "Content: " + content);


        // Sends the actual request to the Mobile Service.
        var response = await base.SendAsync(request, cancellationToken);
        return response;

In order to add this handler to the execution pipeline, we need to use a new overload of the MobileServiceClient constructor:

public static MobileServiceClient MobileService = new MobileServiceClient(
    new TraceHandler()

The third parameter of the constructor accepts a param array of HttpMessageHandler, so we can easily add as many handlers as we want.

Categories: Azure, C#, WinRT
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