Category Archives: C++

Article for Programmez – September 2018 – Writing a NoSQL Windows Web Service with C++

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Article for Programmez – July/August 2018 – Writing a Windows Service with C++

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A C++ LMDB Wrapper

The simple way to handle buffer is to use std::string or std::wstring. No memory to allocate, it’s simple.

	CLMDBWrapperEx() {}

	MDB_env * env;
	MDB_dbi dbi;
	MDB_val key, data;
	MDB_txn *txn;


	void Init(std::wstring db)
		std::string wdb(db.begin(), db.end());

	void Init(std::string db)
		char sz[255];
		sprintf_s(sz, "%s\\%s", Constants::LMDBRootPath.c_str(), db.c_str());
		::CreateDirectoryA(sz, NULL);

		mdb_env_set_maxreaders(env, 1);
		mdb_env_set_mapsize(env, 10485760 * 1000);
		mdb_env_open(env, sz, MDB_CREATE, 0);

	void Set(std::wstring k, std::wstring v)
		std::string key(k.begin(), k.end());
		std::string value(v.begin(), v.end());
		Set(key, value);

	void Set(std::string k, std::string v)
		mdb_txn_begin(env, NULL, 0, &txn);
		mdb_dbi_open(txn, NULL, 0, &dbi);

		key.mv_size = k.length() + 1;
		key.mv_data = (void *)k.c_str();
		data.mv_size = v.length() + 1;
		data.mv_data = (void *)v.c_str();
		int err = mdb_put(txn, dbi, &key, &data, 0); // MDB_NOOVERWRITE);
		printf("Set err:%d Key:%s Data:%s\n", err, key.mv_data, data.mv_data);

		mdb_dbi_close(env, dbi);

	bool Get(std::wstring k, std::wstring & v)
		std::string key(k.begin(), k.end());
		std::string value;
		bool ret = Get(key, value);

		std::wstring wvalue(value.begin(), value.end());
		v = wvalue;
		return ret;

	bool Get(std::string k, std::string & value)
		mdb_txn_begin(env, NULL, 0, &txn);
		mdb_dbi_open(txn, NULL, 0, &dbi);

		key.mv_size = k.length() + 1;
		key.mv_data = (void *)k.c_str();

		int err = mdb_get(txn, dbi, &key, &data);
		printf("Get err:%d Key:%s Data:%s\n", err, key.mv_data, data.mv_data);
		value = (char *)(data.mv_data);

		mdb_dbi_close(env, dbi);

		return err == 0 ? true : false;


Making a POST call with JSON data using CPPREST C++ SDK

The source code here is the same as the C# version in the previous post. The client makes a simple call like that: 

	std::string value2 = "azertyuiopqsdfghjklmwxcvbn";
	std::string buffer = Base64Helper::base64_encode((const unsigned char*)value2.c_str(), value2.length());
	std::wstring value3(buffer.begin(), buffer.end());
	SetData(key, value3, value3.length(), dbname);


Here is the wrapper code for SetData. It’s included in HttpLMDB dll: 

bool HTTPLMDB_API SetData(std::wstring key, std::wstring valueb64, DWORD dwLen, std::wstring name)
	std::wstring port = Constants::MasterNodePort;
	std::wstring ip = ServerHelper::GetIP();
	std::wstring url = ServerHelper::BuildURL(ip, port);

	std::wstring contentType = _T("Content-Type");
	std::wstring contentTypeV = _T("application/json");
	std::wstring keepAlive = _T("Keep-Alive");
	std::wstring keepAliveV = _T("false");
	std::wstring contentLength = _T("Content-Length");
	std::wostringstream bufLen;
	bufLen << contentType.length() + contentTypeV.length() + keepAlive.length() + keepAliveV.length() + contentLength.length() + 4;
	std::wstring len = bufLen.str().c_str();

	std::wostringstream buf;
	buf << url << '/' << Constants::Request << Constants::VerbSetDataB64
		<< _T("&name=") << name;
	url = buf.str().c_str();	
	std::wostringstream bufjson;
	bufjson << "{" << '"' << "key" << '"' << ":" << '"' << key << '"' << ","
		<< '"' << "value" << '"' << ":" << '"' << valueb64 << '"' << '}';
	std::wstring jsonv = bufjson.str().c_str();
	//wcout << _T("jsonv : ") << jsonv << endl;

	http_client client_lmdb(url);
	http_request request(methods::POST);
	request.headers().add(contentType, contentTypeV);
	request.headers().add(keepAlive, keepAliveV);
	request.headers().add(contentLength, len);

	http_response response;
	response = client_lmdb.request(request).get();

	wcout << response.to_string() << endl;

	return true;


Here is the code. It’s not very difficult.

Handling a long url using POST verb

To be able to store data in my LMDB Service, I need to store data as base64 items. To do that, I need to transmit json data from the client to the server. It can’t be passed on the url. So I use post handling. Here is the C++ handler:

void TheServer::handle_post(http_request message)


             std::wstring request = ServerHelper::FindParameter(message, _T("request"));
              if (request == Constants::VerbSetDataB64)
             else if (request == Constants::VerbGetDataB64)
                    // Does not work yet
       catch (...)
             // an internal problem occured
             g_Logger.WriteLog(_T("handle_post exception..."));


The C++ routine here to analyze is RequestVerbSetData64. Here is the code:

void TheServer::RequestVerbSetData64(http_request message)
       CLMDBWrapper lmdb;
       std::wstring dbNameW = ServerHelper::FindParameter(message, _T("name"));

       std::string dbName(dbNameW.begin(), dbNameW.end());
       std::wstring json;
       web::json::value jsonV = message.extract_json().get();

       Data data = Data::FromJSON(jsonV.as_object());
       TCHAR sz[255];
       _stprintf_s(sz, _T("Data key:%s value:..."), data.key.c_str());

       if (lmdb.Init((LPSTR)dbName.c_str()) == false)
             g_Logger.WriteLog(_T("LMDB Init not done !"));


       LPSTR lpszKey = W2A(data.key.c_str());
       LPSTR lpszValue = W2A(data.value.c_str());
       DWORD dwLen = strlen(lpszValue);

       lmdb.SetData(lpszKey, lpszValue, dwLen);




The source code is simple to write, simple to read. Because it is native code, it is fast and we just need to distribute the dll we use. here, it’s just the C runtime, the C++ runtime and the CPPREST dll. This is the advantage of the native stuff, you don’t need to distribute any framework that size is around 350 MB… It’s lightweight, it’s fast, it’s built on the metal.

Running LMDBService WS NoSQL in Azure Container Instance

Now that LMDBService runs in a docker image, it is possible to run it into Azure Container Instance.

Here are the steps to follow:

  • Build the docker image locally with its dockerfile
    • docker image build –tag mydocker/myserver d:\dev\docker
  • Create a Repository in Azure Repository
  • Connect in docker shell to the repo
    • docker login -u lmdbwsprod -p xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Tag the prod repository
    • docker tag mydocker/myserver
  • Push the docker image to the Azure repository
  • Go to Azure portal and choose Azure Repository
    • Choose prod repository
    • Check tags and choose latest
    • Click Run Instance in […] button
    • Open port 7001
    • Click OK
  • Go to Azure Container Instance
    • choose the container and click Overview
    • Retrieve the IP address

Test the URL :


Running a Windows Service with LMDB as a REST Web API Web Server in a Docker container

To make the test, I use the Microsoft/IIS image available at :

This image is managed by Microsoft and regulary updated. Size is around 1.8 GB. To get the image in Docker, run:

  • docker pull microsoft/iis

Then, we to create a Docker file to instruct Docker how to setup the environment :

FROM microsoft/iis
COPY *.* c:/
RUN sc create LMDBService start=auto binpath=”C:\LMDBService.exe”
#RUN net start LMDBService
RUN md c:\temp

Then, we need to build the image :

  • docker image build –tag mydocker/myserver d:\dev\docker

And now, we can run the container as a deamon:

  • docker run -d -p 7001:7001 -it mydocker/myserver

In order to test the Web Server in a browser, we need to know the IP address of the web server… We need to know the IP of the container… We begin by listing the containers :

  • docker ps –a
  • we take the first item of the list

And we run the following command using the id of the container:

  • docker inspect -f “{{ .NetworkSettings.Networks.nat.IPAddress }}” 543e57f54047
  • response is displayed =>

Now we can test the web server in the container.


The container runs the windows service who host the web server… Let’s use this url :


It works !