Scheduling a Web Job (console application) using Azure Scheduler

Let us a create a simple console application that writes Hello World to the console which we would be scheduling using Azure Scheduler.

Have kept the example simple so that we can understand the configuration part.

Right click on the project and Publish it as Azure WebJob

We will set the mode as “Run On Demand”

For the pubish target we have selected Microsoft Azure App Service web app under which this Web Job will run.

Select the App Service or configure a new one, we have selected the existing App Service below

Click on Validate to check the connection, if everything is fine Click Next and Publish the web role.

Our TriggeredWebJob inside CRMAzureWebJob App Service

We can run it on Demand by clicking on Run.

Clicking on Logs

Will provide the details of the Web Jobs

Now to schedule the Web Job we need to create a Scheduler Job, for this go to Scheduler Job Collections and click on Add

Create a new Job inside Job Collection and provide the required details like Name, Pricing Tier, Resource Group etc.

Next step is to configure the Action settings, wherein we will trigger our Web Job.

For this we need to define Action as Https, Method as Post and the URL

Format of the URL should be like –


To get the above details open the Web Job properties

Replace the appropriate values


Last step is to schedule it

Here we have selected it to run immediately, every 2 minutes for total of 10 occurrences.

Finally click on Create which will create the job

We can monitor our Job

Going back to our Web Job Logs we can see it ran 3 times with interval of 2 minutes till that point

The other option to schedule a Web Job without using Azure Scheduler is to use the Cron Job but this requires minimum Basic tier subscription. Basically, the Web App must be configured for “Always On”, which requires a Basic or Standard plan.

And in Free tier

Hope it helps..

Sample Code to consume UNData API using JavaScript

Sharing a sample code that can be used to consume UNData API

The below code fetches the population data for country India.

Sample Code

var xmlHttp;
// creatng the xmlHttp object
xmlHttp = new ActiveXObject("Microsoft.XMLHTTP");
// Calling the web service using post and true means asynchronous call"POST", "", false);

// Setting the request header to let the web service find the soap request we would be sending
xmlHttp.setRequestHeader("Content-Type", "text/xml; charset=utf-8");

xmlHttp.setRequestHeader("SOAPAction", "");

var soapRequest = "<!--?<span class="hiddenSpellError" pre="" data-mce-bogus="1"-->xml version='1.0' encoding='utf-8'?>"+
"<soap:Envelope xmlns:soap='' xmlns:xsi='' xmlns:xsd=''>"+
"<GetCompactData xmlns=''>"+
"<message:QueryMessage xsi:schemaLocation='' xmlns:generic='' xmlns:message='' xmlns:query='' xmlns:xsi=''>"+
"<message:Sender id='online-help' />"+
"<query:Dimension id='INDICATOR'>SP_POP_TOTL</query:Dimension>"+
"<query:Dimension id='AGE'>_T</query:Dimension>"+
"<query:Dimension id='SEX'>_T</query:Dimension>"+
"<query:Dimension id='LOCATION'>_T</query:Dimension>" +
"<query:Dimension id='REF_AREA'>DEU</query:Dimension>" +
"<query:Dimension id='SCENARIO'>H</query:Dimension>"+
"</soap:Body>" +

var xmlDoc = jQuery.parseXML(xmlHttp.responseText);
var popValue = xmlDoc.getElementsByTagName('ns1:Obs')['0'].attributes['OBS_VALUE'].nodeValue;
alert("Total Population " + popValue);


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<soap:Envelope xmlns:soap=""
<Sender id="1B0">
<Name xml:lang="en">United Nations Statistics Division</Name>
<Source xml:lang="en">
United Nations Population Division World Population Prospects</Source>
<ns1:DataSet DATASET_NAME="World Population Prospects"
DATASET_SOURCE="United Nations Population Division"
DATASET_DESC="The United Nations World Population Prospects contains estimates and projections for every country in the world, including estimates and projections of demographic indicators such as birth rates, deaths rates, infant mortality rates and life expectancy." UNDATA_LASTUPDATE="20 Aug 2013" UNDATA_NEXTUPDATE="2015 release" METADATA=""><ns1:Series AGE="_T" FREQ="A" INDICATOR="SP_POP_TOTL" LOCATION="_T" SEX="_T" REF_AREA="DEU" SCENARIO="H"><ns1:Obs TIME_PERIOD="2015" OBS_VALUE="83178.615" UNIT="NUMBER" UNIT_MULT="3" TIME_SPAN="2015" /></ns1:Series></ns1:DataSet></CompactData></GetCompactDataResult></GetCompactDataResponse></soap:Body></soap:Envelope>

Hope it helps.

Sample code to consume UNData API in C#


Recently we were working on an application that had to fetch country specific details. For this we used the UNData API.

We can make use of SDMX Browser in helping us to write a query

Create a console app\windows application and add web reference to the following web service

Below is the sample C# Code

string queryMsg = @"<message:QueryMessage
<message:Sender id='online-help'/>
<query:Dimension id='INDICATOR'>SP_POP_TOTL</query:Dimension>
<query:Dimension id='AGE'>_T</query:Dimension>
<query:Dimension id='SEX'>_T</query:Dimension>
<query:Dimension id='LOCATION'>_T</query:Dimension>
<query:Dimension id='REF_AREA'>IND</query:Dimension>
NSIEstatV20Service service = new NSIEstatV20Service();
System.Xml.XmlDocument queryMessageDocument = new XmlDocument();
System.Xml.XmlNode queryMessage = queryMessageDocument.DocumentElement;
var result = service.GetCompactData(queryMessage);

The output

The query here basically returns the Total population of India

Hope it helps..

.NET Framework 4.5.2 missing in Visual Studio 2013.

Hi even after installing .NET Framework 4.5.2, it was missing from Visual Studio 2013’s Target framework.

Had to download and install it from the following location

Hope it helps..

Dll not getting copied to bin directory in Visual Studio


In one of our projects we were referencing custom assemblies that were part of the same solution. However those assemblies were not getting copied to the bin directory of the project upon building the project.

We had also set property Copy Local as true for those class library projects.

The reason for this was as we were adding those assemblies in GAC.

VS.NET will copy the dll to the bin directory if your system cannot find the dll in the GAC.”

After removing those assemblies from GAC it added those dlls in the bin.

The helpful thread

Hope it helps..

Serialize and Deserialize InfoPath form and extract the attachment using WebClient in C#


Suppose this is our InfoPath form

First we will generate the class for the above InfoPath form

The sample code

myFields invoice = null;
WebClient webclient = new WebClient();
webclient.UseDefaultCredentials = true;

using (Stream fileStream = webclient.OpenRead("http://server:5000/formlibrary/FirstForm.xml?NoRedirect=true"))
if (fileStream != null)
XmlTextReader reader = new XmlTextReader(fileStream);


XmlSerializer xser = new XmlSerializer(typeof(myFields));
myFields invoiceInfopath = (myFields)xser.Deserialize(reader);
byte[] b = invoiceInfopath.field2;

// filename
int nameBufferLen = b[20] * 2;
byte[] fileNameBufffer = new Byte[nameBufferLen];

for (int i = 0; i < nameBufferLen; i++)
fileNameBufffer[i] = b[24 + i];

char[] charFileName = UnicodeEncoding.Unicode.GetChars(fileNameBufffer);
string fileName = new string(charFileName);
fileName = fileName.Substring(0, fileName.Length - 1);

// attchment
byte[] fileContent = new byte[b.Length - (24 + nameBufferLen)];

for (int i = 0; i < fileContent.Length; i++)
fileContent[i] = b[24 + nameBufferLen + i];

FileStream fs = new FileStream(@"C:\test\" + fileName, FileMode.Create);
fs.Write(fileContent, 0, fileContent.Length);

Hope it helps.