Tag: .Net

NServiceBus – Some Benefits


I am not sure why, but in many organisation, there is allot of unnecessary complexity when looking at source code. From Programmers using try/catch blocks all over the show to unnecessary synchronous service calls with multiple threads, causing deadlocks on SQL Server.

I would like to give a simple example, consider this code

static ProcessOrder()
    const int workerCount = 4;
    WorkQueue = new ConcurrentQueue();
    Workers = new List();

    for (var index = 0; index; workerCount; index++)
        Worker = new BackgroundWorker();
        Worker.DoWork += Worker_DoWork;

The above code is extremely dangerous. You have no control over the load it will cause to backend calls, especially when it is calling Stored Procs etc. Secondly, it is not durable.

The above code, can easily be replaced by a NServiceBus Saga or handler, in the above, a Saga is appropriate, as this message is a Root Aggregate, we have an order to process. Sagas will provide an environment to preserve state and all the threading and correlation is all handled for you.

partial void HandleImplementation(ProcessOrder message)
    Logger.Info("ProcessOrder received, Saga Instance: {0} for OrderId: {1}", Data.Id, Data.OrderId);
    AlwaysRunForEveryMessage(message); //counts and extracts new order items.

    if (Data.OrderCount == 1)

    if (Data.InitialDelayPassed) //Expired workflow

From the above, you can see state is preserved for each unique OrderId. This Saga processes multiple order items for an OrderId. Which can be submitted at any time during the day. We do not have to worry about multiple threads, correlation is dealt with automatically, well we set the correlation id to the OrderId, so order items coming in can be matched to the correct Saga instance.

We can now get rid of the unreliable issues with in memory worker threads, and uncontrolled pounding of the database.

By using a MSMQ infrastructure and leveraging NServiceBus, these sort of issues, you find in code, can be easily mitigated.


Heroku Neo4j, App Harbor MVC4, Neo4jClient & Ruby Proxy


We going to outlay the process to deploy a 4 layers architecture using the above technologies.



Sinatra and Rest-Client

Sinatra and the Rest-Client libraries are used in the Ruby Gem to proxy all Http requests to Neo4j.

Install Process

Install the Heroku client, run this from the heroku\Ruby\bin folder e.g. D:\Program Files (x86)\Heroku\ruby\bin

gem install heroku

We then need to use the Cedar stack (http://devcenter.heroku.com/articles/cedar) which supports ruby in Heroku,  so run:

heroku create –stack cedar

(Ensure git.exe is in your environment variables)


Once this is completed we then deploy our code to our Heroku git repository. You can see your git heroku repository in the app details for the app you created in Heroku:


We will use a public key that we created when first setting up Heroku, check blog post


if you changed your public key, then add it to Heroku

heroku keys:add

Ok, now we push the Gem files to our Heroku git repository. Your repsotory will be different to mine!

git push git@heroku.com:neo4jorbust.git master


Lets check the state of the application

E:\Projects\RubyRestProxy>heroku ps –app neo4jorbust
Process State Command
——- ———– ————————————
web.1 idle for 9h thin -p $PORT -e $RACK_ENV -R $HER..

Test HttpClient –> Ruby –> Neo4j Communication

Nice, now we got this GEM file, which is our Ruby http proxy code for gremlin queries. Lets test this baby out with fiddler and run  gremlin query to the web app, which will then call neo4j!

Lets browse the Ruby Application on the Heroku server, so we can find out what URL we need to use to send Gremlin queries to Neo4j.


Beautiful, all we need to do now is send an HTTP POST to the added, you can use curl, but here is fiddler.


And the result, music to our eyes


ASP.NET MVC 4 APP with Neo4jClient

This application is hosted at


Source Code:


Now we going to fire up a .Net application that will use the Neo4jClient Rest Api to communicate with neo4j in Heroku. You can find out more about Neo4jClient here http://hg.readify.net/neo4jclient/wiki/Home

Clone the git repository to get the source code for our sample Neo4jClient .Net application. This is a MVC4 application and runs on the .Net Framework 4 runtime, so please ensure you have this installed on your windows machine.

About frictionfree.org

The application is used to find other people with similar interests to you and the opportunity to get their details and contact them to perhaps share your love of flying, surfing or whatever it is you like to do!

Bitbucket and AppHarbor integration

If you have your own ASP.NET application, you can store it in bitbucket and then configure bitbucket to auto deploy to AppHarbor when pushing back the repostory.

In the admin settings for your repository just add your appharbor token.


Neo4jClient gremlin Query syntax

Check the source code of the MVC application in the Logic library to see how to run queries to Neo4j. Here is sample code to get administrators of the system

private void CreateAdminAccountIfNoneExist() { var anyAdmins = graphClient .RootNode .In(Administers.TypeKey) .Any(); if (!anyAdmins) { provisionNewUserService.CreateAdmin(); } } 

Getting Started with Heroku ToolBelt/Neo4j on Windows

Hi Guys,

To get started with Heroku, you need a public key. If you do not have one in the

C:\Users\<YourUsername>\.ssh folder, then you get this error

D:/Program Files (x86)/Heroku/lib/heroku/auth.rb:195:in `read’: No such file or
directory – C:/Users/Romiko/.ssh/id_rsa.pub (Errno::ENOENT)
        from D:/Program Files (x86)/Heroku/lib/heroku/auth.rb:195:in `associate_key’

looking at the source code, line 195 is ssh key generation. So what we need to do is use a utility like GitBash to do this for us:



TO get up and running with the Heroku Toolbelt on windows ensure you read:


Once you have read that and installed Heroku toolbelt


then install Git (Or use the Git bash if already installed)


Now, what you do is follow all the instructions here, you might as well ensure you have a GitHub account, its nice to put your code in a repository if developing:


You should then have these files (you might not have known hosts), if you did not connect into git


The Heroku batch file will look for the id_rsa.pub file and use it to connect to the cloud servers.

Once this is done, you can then go back to the heroku.cmd execution and login

D:\Program Files (x86)\Heroku>heroku login
Enter your Heroku credentials.
Found existing public key: C:/Users/Romiko/.ssh/id_rsa.pub
Uploading ssh public key C:/Users/Romiko/.ssh/id_rsa.pub

That is it, so hope this gets you started on Heroku Smile


Once you ran the above command, then create an application

Create Heroku Applicaton in the Cloud

D:\Program Files (x86)\Heroku>heroku apps:create Neo4jOrBust
Creating neo4jorbust… done, stack is bamboo-mri-1.9.2
http://neo4jorbust.heroku.com/ | git@heroku.com:neo4jorbust.git

Notice the appname is lowercase always!

Install Neo4j Addon

For this to work, you must verify the account and you will need a credit card, it will NOT be billed. Don’t sue me if it does!

Then for Neo4j, just install the addon like so

D:\Program Files (x86)\Heroku>heroku addons:add neo4j –app neo4jorbust
—–> Adding neo4j to neo4jorbust… failed
!    Please verify your account to install this add-on
!    For more information, see http://devcenter.heroku.com/categories/billing
!    Confirm now at https://heroku.com/confirm

Go verify your account and then come back and run the command again



D:\Program Files (x86)\Heroku>heroku addons:add neo4j –app neo4jorbust
—–> Adding neo4j to neo4jorbust… done, (free)


Thats it!

You can then go check your addons on the web site at heroku under resources. Click databases and scroll to bottom.



Notice neo4jTest and it is free Smile Lets enable it



Notice, the urls for the webadmin site and rest url, you all set to work with Neo4j now Smile

Thats it, have fun!