Consuming data/Azure from Raspberry PI and Windows 10 IoT

Windows 10 IoT is relatively new, and it is based on the Windows Universal platform. That said, it makes normal developer things we do slightly “different” as this uses different APIs and libraries than we are used to. For example, on a normal .net system we can use the QueueClient in azure; on a Universal app we can use Queue but that does not work on Win10 IoT.

So how do we get data to the Raspberry PI (RPI)? Enter WebAPI! One of my favorite technologies!

At the end of the day, you probably need more data/server site functionality anyway.

Currently I am using a timer to call my Azure hosted WebAPI to send data down to my RPI.

            m_dtTimer                                                       = new DispatcherTimer();
            m_dtTimer.Interval                                          = TimeSpan.FromMilliseconds(5000);
            m_dtTimer.Tick                                               += TimerEvent;


Then in the Timer call use the HttpClient

private void TimerEvent(object o, object e)



public async void MakeWebRequest()
            HttpClient http                                                 = new System.Net.Http.HttpClient();
            HttpResponseMessage hrResponse              = await http.GetAsync("");
            string strProgram                                            = await hrResponse.Content.ReadAsStringAsync();

            //Do coo stuff


On the WebAPI side, for this example I am just returning some data from the Azure Message Bus (Queue) on the Get() method. Here is that code:

public string Get()
            string strReturn                                             = string.Empty;
            string strConnectionString                            = CloudConfigurationManager.GetSetting("Microsoft.ServiceBus.ConnectionString");           
            QueueClient qcClient                                   = QueueClient.CreateFromConnectionString(strConnectionString, "Pump"); 
            BrokeredMessage bm                                  = qcClient.Peek();
            if(bm != null)
                bm                                                            = qcClient.Receive();
                strReturn                                                  = bm.Properties["Action"].ToString();

            return strReturn;

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