A Socrata Open Data API (SODA) client library for .NET
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A Socrata Open Data API (SODA) client library targeting .NET 4.5 and above.

Getting Started

SODA.NET is available as a NuGet package.

Install-Package CSM.SodaDotNet

Usage examples

Simple, read-only access

//initialize a new client
//make sure you register for your own app token (http://dev.socrata.com/register)
var client = new SodaClient("data.smgov.net", "REPLACE_WITH_YOUR_APP_TOKEN");

//read metadata of a dataset using the resource identifier (Socrata 4x4)
var metadata = client.GetMetadata("1234-wxyz");
Console.WriteLine("{0} has {1} views.", metadata.Name, metadata.ViewsCount);

//get a reference to the resource itself
//the result (a Resouce object) is a generic type
//the type parameter represents the underlying rows of the resource
var dataset = client.GetResource<Dictionary<string, object>>("1234-wxyz");

//of course, a custom type can be used as long as it is JSON serializable
var dataset = client.GetResource<MyClass>("1234-wxyz");

//Resource objects read their own data
var allRows = dataset.GetRows();
var first10Rows = dataset.GetRows(10);

//collections of an arbitrary type can be returned
//using SoQL and a fluent query building syntax
var soql = new SoqlQuery().Select("column1", "column2")
                          .Where("something > nothing")

var results = dataset.Query<MyOtherClass>(soql);

SodaClient is also capable of performing write operations

//make sure to provide auth credentials!
var client = 
    new SodaClient("data.smgov.net", "AppToken", "user@domain.com", "password");

//Upsert some data serialized as CSV
string csvData = File.ReadAllText("data.csv");
client.Upsert(csvData, SodaDataFormat.CSV, "1234-wxyz");

//Upsert a collection of serializable entities
IEnumerable<MyClass> payload = GetPayloadData();
client.Upsert(payload, "1234-wxyz");


Compilation can be done using Visual Studio Community Edition.

NUnit was used to build and run the test projects. Check out the NUnit Test Adapter to run tests from within Visual Studio.

You can also use the build.cmd script, which assumes msbuild and nuget are available:

git clone git@github.com:CityofSantaMonica/SODA.NET.git SODA.NET

To create the Nuget package artifacts, pass an extra parameter:

.\build.cmd CreatePackages


Check out the Contributor Guidelines for more details.

Copyright and License

Copyright 2017 City of Santa Monica, CA

Licensed under the MIT License

Thank you

A tremendous amount of inspiration for this project came from the following projects. Thank you!