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Integrating .NET 8 with Snowflake

by DeeDee Walsh, on Jan 15, 2024 12:30:00 AM

Ever wondered how the new .NET 8 can play nicely with Snowflake* (arguably the cool kid on the data warehousing block)? Good news! Today we're diving into the world of data, code and some stuff in between. So grab your coffee (or Diet Coke if you're me) and let's get started.

Snowflake and Data Warehousing: What's the big deal?

Snowflake isn't just another data warehouse, it's more like that smart, cloud-based nerdy friend who knows how to handle big data and actually, small data too. It's scalable, secure, and plays well with our favorite programming technologies, especially .NET.

.NET 8: NKOTB (New Kid on the Block for those in the know)

.NET has been around a loooonggg time (side note: I was on the original team that launched it back in the early 2000s), but with version 8, it's had a pretty major makeover. We're talking better performance, less resource hogging, and some neat security upgrades. Our reliable workhorse got a turbo boost!

Setting the stage

First things first, let's set up our .NET 8 environment. Microsoft's got some really good guides for this. And don't forget your Snowflake account - that's where the magic really happens.

Making the connection: .NET meets Snowflake 

(Note that I resisted saying .NET swipes right). So how do we get these two to talk? It's simpler that you think. I say that because I figured it out so it's definitely achieveable. You can use ODBC drivers or ADO.NET. Here's a little snippet to show how easy it is:

using (var conn = new SnowflakeDbConnection())
    conn.ConnectionString = "account=myaccount;user=myuser;password=mypassword;db=mydb;schema=myschema";

    // This is where you'd play with your data



Playing with data: The fun part

Now that we're connect, let's do something cool. Want to grab some data? Check this out:

using (var cmd = conn.CreateCommand())
    cmd.CommandText = "SELECT * FROM my_table;";
    var reader = cmd.ExecuteReader();

        Console.WriteLine(reader.GetString(0)); // Imagine this is your data smiling back at you


Tips and tricks for using .NET with Snowflake

Thinking of heavy lifting stuff like bulk uploads? Snowflake's got you covered with its optimized features. And for those who love living in the future, async queries are your best friend in .NET.

Best practices: Cuz we care about quality!

Remember, play it safe with parameterized queries (no SQL injection, please!) and manage those resources like a pro. Got a lot of data? Think pagination.

Security: Keeping the bad actors out

We're talking encrypted chats between .NET and Snowflake and storing credentials like they're top secret (ya know, because they are). And if you can, use managed identity - it's like having a bodyguard for your authentication.

Who's doing this?

TONS of companies. I'd tell you specifics but I'd have to kill you. But suffice it to say using .NET and Snowflake is really popular and getting popularer (with apologies to "Dumber and Dumberer").

So there you have it - .NET 8 and Snowflake are a dream team for data management. Two powerful, efficient and secure technologies coming together to form a perfect union!

snowflake and dotnet

*ICYMI - A year ago Snowflake acquired the Mobilize.Net data tools business. At the same time, Growth Acceleration Partners (GAP) acquired the Mobilize app migration business. And we all lived happily ever after! 💍

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Shameless self promotion: Wanna do a lot more with .NET and Snowflake? Call us - we've got expertise and certifications in all of it! 

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Topics:.NETSnowflake.NET 8


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