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Integrate with Translation API

In the previous lab, our Knative service simply logged out the received Pub/Sub event. While this might be useful for debugging, it's not terribly exciting.

Cloud Translation API is one of Machine Learning APIs of Google Cloud. It can dynamically translate text between thousands of language pairs. In this lab, we will use translation requests sent via Pub/Sub messages and use Translation API to translate text between languages.

Since we're making calls to Google Cloud services, you need to make sure that the outbound network access is enabled, as described in the previous lab.

Hello World - .NET Core sample

Let's start with creating an empty ASP.NET Core app:

dotnet new web -o translation-csharp

Inside the translation-csharp folder, update Startup.cs to log incoming messages for now:

using System;
using System.IO;
using Microsoft.AspNetCore.Builder;
using Microsoft.AspNetCore.Hosting;
using Microsoft.AspNetCore.Http;
using Microsoft.Extensions.DependencyInjection;
using Microsoft.Extensions.Logging;

namespace translation_csharp
    public class Startup
        private readonly ILogger _logger;

        public Startup(ILogger<Startup> logger)
            _logger = logger;

        public void ConfigureServices(IServiceCollection services)

        public void Configure(IApplicationBuilder app, IHostingEnvironment env)
            if (env.IsDevelopment())

            app.Run(async (context) =>
                using (var reader = new StreamReader(context.Request.Body))
                        var content = reader.ReadToEnd();
                        _logger.LogInformation($"Received content: {content}");

                        await context.Response.WriteAsync(content);
                    catch (Exception e)
                        _logger.LogError("Something went wrong: " + e.Message);
                        await context.Response.WriteAsync(e.Message);

Change the log level in appsettings.json to Information:

  "Logging": {
    "LogLevel": {
      "Default": "Information"
  "AllowedHosts": "*"

At this point, the sample simply logs out the received messages.

Define translation protocol

Let's first define the translation protocol we'll use in our sample. The body of Pub/Sub messages will include text and the languages to translate from and to as follows:

{text = 'Hello World', from='en', to='es'}: English to Spanish
{text = 'Hello World', from='', to='es'}: Detected language to Spanish
{text = 'Hello World', from='', to=''}: Error

To encapsulate this, create a TranslationRequest.cs class:

namespace translate_csharp
    public class TranslationRequest
        public string From;
        public string To;

        public string Text;

Define Cloud Events

Our Knative service will receive Pub/Sub messages in the form of CloudEvents which roughly has the following form:

    "ID": "",
    "Data": "",
    "Attributes": {
    "PublishTime": ""

In this case, the actual translation request will be Base64 encoded in Data field and it's the only thing we're interested in.

Create a CloudEvent.cs class to help us parse CloudEvents and decode Data field:

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Text;

namespace translation_csharp
    public class CloudEvent
        public string ID;

        public string Data;

        public Dictionary<string, string> Attributes;

        public string PublishTime;

        public string GetDecodedData() => (
            string.IsNullOrEmpty(Data) ?
                string.Empty :

Add Translation API

Before adding Translation API code to our service, let's make sure Translation API is enabled in our project:

gcloud services enable

And add Translation API NuGet package to our project:

dotnet add package Google.Cloud.Translation.V2

Finally, we can change Startup.cs to first extract the CloudEvent and then extract TranslationRequest out of it.

var cloudEvent = JsonConvert.DeserializeObject<CloudEvent>(content);
if (cloudEvent == null) return;

var decodedData = cloudEvent.GetDecodedData();
_logger.LogInformation($"Decoded data: {decodedData}");
var translationRequest = JsonConvert.DeserializeObject<TranslationRequest>(decodedData);

Once we have the translation request, we can pass that to Translation API:

_logger.LogInformation("Calling Translation API");

var response = await TranslateText(translationRequest);
_logger.LogInformation($"Translated text: {response.TranslatedText}");
if (response.DetectedSourceLanguage != null) 
    _logger.LogInformation($"Detected language: {response.DetectedSourceLanguage}");
await context.Response.WriteAsync(response.TranslatedText);

You can see the full code in Startup.cs.

Build and push Docker image

Before building the Docker image, make sure the app has no compilation errors:

dotnet build

Create a Dockerfile for the image:

FROM microsoft/dotnet:2.2-sdk

COPY *.csproj .
RUN dotnet restore

COPY . .

RUN dotnet publish -c Release -o out



CMD ["dotnet", "out/translation-csharp.dll"]

Build and push the Docker image (replace meteatamel with your actual DockerHub):

docker build -t meteatamel/translation-csharp:v1 .

docker push meteatamel/translation-csharp:v1

Deploy the service and trigger

Create a trigger.yaml file.

kind: Service
  name: translation-csharp
            # Replace meteatamel with your actual DockerHub
            # Disable scale to zero with a minScale of 1.
kind: Trigger
  name: translation-csharp
      kind: Service
      name: translation-csharp

This defines the Knative Service that will run our code and Trigger to connect to Pub/Sub messages.

kubectl apply -f trigger.yaml

Check that the service and trigger are created:

kubectl get ksvc,trigger

Test the service

We can now test our service by sending a translation request message to Pub/Sub topic:

gcloud pubsub topics publish testing --message="{text:'Hello World', from: 'en', to:'es'}"

Wait a little and check that a pod is created:

kubectl get pods --selector

You can inspect the logs of the subscriber (replace <podid> with actual pod id):

kubectl logs --follow -c user-container <podid>

You should see something similar to this:

info: translation_csharp.Startup[0]
      Decoded data: {text:'Hello World', from: 'en', to:'es'}
info: translation_csharp.Startup[0]
      Calling Translation API
info: translation_csharp.Startup[0]
      Translated text: Hola Mundo
info: Microsoft.AspNetCore.Hosting.Internal.WebHost[2]
      Request finished in 767.2586ms 200 

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