AvroConvert 3.3.1

.NET 6.0 .NET Standard 2.0
dotnet add package AvroConvert --version 3.3.1
NuGet\Install-Package AvroConvert -Version 3.3.1
This command is intended to be used within the Package Manager Console in Visual Studio, as it uses the NuGet module's version of Install-Package.
<PackageReference Include="AvroConvert" Version="3.3.1" />
For projects that support PackageReference, copy this XML node into the project file to reference the package.
paket add AvroConvert --version 3.3.1
#r "nuget: AvroConvert, 3.3.1"
#r directive can be used in F# Interactive, C# scripting and .NET Interactive. Copy this into the interactive tool or source code of the script to reference the package.
// Install AvroConvert as a Cake Addin
#addin nuget:?package=AvroConvert&version=3.3.1

// Install AvroConvert as a Cake Tool
#tool nuget:?package=AvroConvert&version=3.3.1

Avro format combines readability of JSON and data compression of binary serialization.

Apache Wiki

Apache Avro format documentation

AvroConvert Documentation

First steps with Avro in the .NET article

Benchmark and Avro API article

Benefits

Introducing Avro to the projects brings three main benefits:

  • Reduction of data size and storage cost
  • Decrease of the communication time and the network traffic between microservices
  • Increased security - the data is not visible in plain text format

Features

AvroConvert Apache.Avro Newtonsoft.Json
Rapid serialization ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Easy to use ✔️ ✔️
Built-in compression ✔️ ✔️
Low memory allocation ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Support for C# data structures: Dictionary, List, DateTime... ✔️ ✔️
Support for compression codecs Deflate<br/> Snappy<br/> GZip<br/> Brotli Deflate
Readable schema of data structure ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Data encryption ✔️ ✔️

Full Changelog

Benchmark

Results of BenchmarkDotNet:

Converter Request Time [ms] Allocated Memory [MB] Compressed Size [kB]
Json 672.3 52.23 6044
Avro 384.7 76.58 2623
Json_Gzip 264.1 88.32 514
Avro_Gzip 181.2 75.05 104
Json_Brotli 222.5 86.15 31
Avro_Brotli 193.5 74.75 31

Article describing Avro format specification and benchmark methodology: https://www.c-sharpcorner.com/blogs/avro-rest-api-as-the-evolution-of-json-based-communication-between-mic

Conclusion: <br> Using Avro for communication between your services significantly reduces data size and network traffic. Additionally choosing encoding (compression algorithm) can improve the results even further.

Code samples

  • Serialization
 byte[] avroObject = AvroConvert.Serialize(object yourObject);

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  • Deserialization
CustomClass deserializedObject = AvroConvert.Deserialize<CustomClass>(byte[] avroObject);

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  • Read schema from Avro object
string schemaInJsonFormat = AvroConvert.GetSchema(byte[] avroObject)

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  • Deserialization of large collection of Avro objects one by one
using (var reader = AvroConvert.OpenDeserializer<CustomClass>(new MemoryStream(avroObject)))
{
    while (reader.HasNext())
    {
        var item = reader.ReadNext();
        // process item
    }
}
  • Generation of C# models from Avro file or schema
  string resultModel = AvroConvert.GenerateModel(avroObject);
  • Conversion of Avro to JSON directly
  var resultJson = AvroConvert.Avro2Json(avroObject);

Full Documentation

  1. AvroConvertOnline - online Avro Schema to C# model converter

  2. Nuget - Library containing functionalities, which enable communication between microservices via Http using Avro data format

  3. Nuget - Library containing components needed for Confluent Kafka integration

License

The project is CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 licensed.
For commercial purposes purchase AvroConvert on website - Xabe.net

Contribution

We want to improve AvroConvert as much as possible. If you have any idea, found next possible feature, optimization opportunity or better way for integration, leave a comment or pull request.

Product Versions
.NET net5.0 net5.0-windows net6.0 net6.0-android net6.0-ios net6.0-maccatalyst net6.0-macos net6.0-tvos net6.0-windows net7.0 net7.0-android net7.0-ios net7.0-maccatalyst net7.0-macos net7.0-tvos net7.0-windows
.NET Core netcoreapp2.0 netcoreapp2.1 netcoreapp2.2 netcoreapp3.0 netcoreapp3.1
.NET Standard netstandard2.0 netstandard2.1
.NET Framework net461 net462 net463 net47 net471 net472 net48
MonoAndroid monoandroid
MonoMac monomac
MonoTouch monotouch
Tizen tizen40 tizen60
Xamarin.iOS xamarinios
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Xamarin.TVOS xamarintvos
Xamarin.WatchOS xamarinwatchos
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NuGet packages (5)

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Package Downloads
SolTechnology.Avro.Kafka

Library containing extensions for Confluent Kafka platform

SolTechnology.Avro.Http

Library containing functionalities, which enable communication between microservices using Avro data format

OptimoveSdk.Engager.Integration

SDK for Engagers intergration with Optimove

SolTechnology.Core.ApiClient

SolTechnology Core API client library

SolTechnology.Core.BlobStorage

SolTechnology Core Azure blob storage library

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