Amazon's CloudSearch Integrate using C#.Net

The C# code sample below demonstrates how to integrate Amazon's CloudSearch in your applications.

With the growth new SEO Strategies, in the era of Google, Bing and Quora, the search is coming up as fast growing area. Many companies are turning up to optimize their search modules to match the upcoming internet trend. Many custom search solutions are available in the market today, which can be easily integrated with your websites, portals or solutions i.e. DTSearch, Sphinx, Endeca and Amazon's CloudSearch being the latest in the list.

What is Amazon’s CloudSearch?

Amazon CloudSearch is a fully-managed service in the AWS Cloud that makes it easy to set up, manage, and scale a search solution for your website or application. Amazon’s CloudSearch enables you to search large collections of data such as web pages, document files, forum posts, or product information. Built for high throughput and low latency, Amazon CloudSearch supports a rich set of features including free text search, faceted search, customizable relevance ranking, configurable search fields, text processing options, and near real-time indexing.

To use Amazon CloudSearch, you simply:

1. Create a search domain
2. Configure your search fields
3. Upload your data for indexing, and
4. Submit search requests from your website or application

You can get more details at:

You can use Amazon CloudSearch to index and search both structured data and plain text. Amazon CloudSearch supports full text search, searching within fields, prefix searches, Boolean searches, and faceting. You can get search results in JSON or XML, sort and filter results based on field values, and rank results alphabetically, numerically, or according to custom rank expressions.

To build a search solution with Amazon CloudSearch, you:

1. Create and configure a search domain. A search domain encapsulates your searchable data and the search instances that handle your search requests. You set up a separate domain for each different data set you want to search.

2. Upload the data you want to search to your domain. Amazon CloudSearch automatically indexes your data and deploys the search index to one or more search instances.

3. Search your domain. You send a search request to your domain's search endpoint as an HTTP/HTTPS GET request.

You can use Amazon's CloudSearch developer guide to know more:

Sample code to integrate Amazon’s CloudSearch using C#

namespace AmazonCloudSearch
    /// <summary>
    /// Data Formats in Cloud Search
    /// </summary>
    public enum DataFormat
        Json, Xml

    public class CloudSearch

         /// <summary>
        /// Used to Add/Update/Delete Document batch data to Amazon Cloud Search
        /// </summary>
        /// <param name="JsonFormat"></param>
        /// <param name="DocumentUri"></param>
        /// <param name="ApiVersion"></param>
        /// <returns>Response Status</returns>    
        public string PostDocuments(string JsonFormat, string DocumentUri, string ApiVersion, DataFormat format)
                var request = (HttpWebRequest)
                 WebRequest.Create(string.Format("http://{0}{1}batch", DocumentUri, ApiVersion));
                request.ProtocolVersion = HttpVersion.Version11;
                request.Method = "POST";
                byte[] postBytes = Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes(JsonFormat);              
                request.ContentLength = postBytes.Length;
                 request.Accept = "application/json";
                request.ContentType = format == DataFormat.Xml ? "text/xml;charset=utf-8" : "application/json;charset=utf-8";
                var requestStream = request.GetRequestStream();
                 requestStream.Write(postBytes, 0, postBytes.Length);
                HttpWebResponse response = null;
                response = (HttpWebResponse)request.GetResponse();
                var retVal = new StreamReader(stream: response.GetResponseStream()).ReadToEnd();
                var statusCode = response.StatusCode;
                 return statusCode + retVal;
            catch (WebException Ex)
            catch (Exception ex)
                throw ;

         /// <summary>
        /// Used to make search Request to Amazon Cloud Search
        /// </summary>
        /// <param name="SearchUri"></param>
        /// <param name="SearchQuery"></param>
        /// <param name="ReturnFields"></param>
        /// <param name="PageSize"></param>
        /// <param name="Start"></param>
        /// <returns>Response Status</returns>       
        public string SearchRquest(string SearchUri, string SearchQuery, string ReturnFields, int PageSize, int Start, DataFormat format)
                string SearchUrl = SearchUri + SearchQuery + "&return-fields=" + ReturnFields + "&start=" + Start + "&size=" + PageSize;
                 if (format == DataFormat.Xml)
                    SearchUrl = SearchUrl + "&results-type=xml";

                string responseFromServer = string.Empty;
                 // Create a request for the URL.
                WebRequest request = WebRequest.Create(SearchUrl);
                 // If required by the server, set the credentials.
                request.Credentials = CredentialCache.DefaultCredentials;
                request.ContentType = "application/json";
                 // Get the response.
                WebResponse response = request.GetResponse();
                 // Get the stream containing content returned by the server.
                Stream dataStream = response.GetResponseStream();
                 // Open the stream using a StreamReader for easy access.
                StreamReader reader = new StreamReader(dataStream);
                 // Read the content.
                responseFromServer = reader.ReadToEnd();
                 // Clean up the streams and the response.
                 //returns response from the server
                 return responseFromServer;

Here is the code snippet we can use to use the above class in code:

AmazonCloudSearch.CloudSearch ObjCloudSearch = new AmazonCloudSearch.CloudSearch();
string strResponse = string.Empty;
if (IsSortByViews)
   strQuery = strQuery + "&rank=-vw";
else if (isSortByLatest)
   strQuery = strQuery + "&rank=-pid";
//Call Amazon Cloud Search API Service -- views and contentid are the indexed fields
strResponse = ObjCloudSearch.SearchRquest(configSection.SearchUri, strQuery, strReturnFields, p_intPageSize, p_intStart, AmazonCloudSearch.DataFormat.Json);

You can create strQuery using the search criteria using the syntax as given in developer guide.

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