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Unable to use the add_file_member API (HTTP) with C#

 I am trying to use this API but when inputting the parameters by creating anonymous properties, thanks to the "dot" in the ".tag" in "members", I cannot create that property as it will ask for an identifier in C#. Hence I am not able to create the request successfully. Please suggest an example for making an HTTP request on this API in C#. Thank you.

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Dropboxer

Re: Unable to use the add_file_member API (HTTP) with C#

If you're trying to use the Dropbox API from C#, we highly recommend using the official Dropbox .NET SDK, as it will do a lot of the work for you, such as building these objects:

https://github.com/dropbox/dropbox-sdk-dotnet

If you can't use that for whatever reason, we'll be happy to help with any issues you're having with the Dropbox API, but I'll need some more information. Please reply with:

  • the name and version of the platform and Dropbox or HTTP library you are using, if any
  • the full text of the error/any output
  • the relevant code snippet(s) you're stuck on
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Level 3

Re: Unable to use the add_file_member API (HTTP) with C#

Thank you for your reply, I am currently using Nemiro.OAuth. library and I face the problem when using "https://api.dropboxapi.com/2/sharing/add_file_member" API.  I need to create anonymous properties for the parameters in this API, but the ".tag" under "members" in the parameters has refused to let me create a property for it. 

The following code should work if the parameter does not have a "dot".

public static void ShareFile(string id, string account, string level)
{
 var re = OAuthUtility.Post
(
"https://api.dropboxapi.com/2/sharing/add_file_member",
parameters:new HttpParameterCollection
{
new
{
file = id,
members = new[]
{
new
{
.tag = "email",
email = account
}
},
access_level = level
}
},
authorization: Authorization,
contentType: "application/json"
);
}

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Dropboxer

Re: Unable to use the add_file_member API (HTTP) with C#

Thanks for following up with the additional information. I'm afraid I don't have a good solution to offer. The Dropbox API does use the key name ".tag" to identify the subtype of a struct or selected member of a union. I'll pass this along as a feature request for an alternative, but that's unlikely to be done in this version of the API, as that would be a significant breaking change.

That being the case, you can try not using anonymous properties, or use the official Dropbox API v2 .NET SDK instead.

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Level 3

Re: Unable to use the add_file_member API (HTTP) with C#

Thanks for the reply but I want to know how you expect developers to use this HTTP request in C# instead? I mean when you design this API you must have thought of this problem right? Is it possible that you suggest a C# function that can use this API? I don't want to use the .NET SDK just because one API is not working while other APIs are working fine. Thank you

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Dropboxer

Re: Unable to use the add_file_member API (HTTP) with C#

Thanks for the feedback! I'll be sure to pass it along to the team. I can't offer help with Nemiro in particular, but if you're not using the official SDK, the expected use pattern would be that you would build the JSON to send in the request body, e.g., using Json.NET or the like, where you can use arbitrary key names. For instance, you would use `JsonConvert.SerializeObject` and pass in a native Dictionary with any key names, where ".tag" would work.

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Level 3

Re: Unable to use the add_file_member API (HTTP) with C#

Thank you for your update. It is ok not to use Nemiro but can you make a simple sample function for this API in C# to make it more specific? Because I have tried lots of ways to insert the parameters but still no luck. For most of the cases I got is the error "Error in call to API function "sharing/add_file_member": request body: expected object, got string" or "Error in call to API function "sharing/add_file_member": request body: expected object, got list". Thank you for your help.

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Dropboxer

Re: Unable to use the add_file_member API (HTTP) with C#

Here's an example of one way you might do this:

WebRequest request = WebRequest.Create("https://api.dropboxapi.com/2/sharing/add_folder_member");
request.Method = "POST";
request.Headers.Add("Authorization", "Bearer " + accessToken);
request.ContentType = "application/json";
Stream requestBodyStream = request.GetRequestStream();

JsonSerializerSettings serializerSettings = new JsonSerializerSettings();
serializerSettings.StringEscapeHandling = StringEscapeHandling.EscapeNonAscii;           

var memberSelector = new Dictionary<String, String>() { { ".tag", "email" }, { "email", "email@example.com" } };
var accessLevel = new Dictionary<String, String>() { { ".tag", "editor" } };
var member = new Dictionary<String, Dictionary<String, String>>()  { { "member", memberSelector }, { "access_level", accessLevel } };
var members = new List<Dictionary<String, Dictionary<String, String>>>() { member };
var addFolderMemberArgs = new Dictionary<String, dynamic> { { "shared_folder_id", "248930168" }, { "members", members } };
var addFolderMemberArgsString = JsonConvert.SerializeObject(addFolderMemberArgs, serializerSettings).Replace("\x7F", "\\u007f");
var addFolderMemberArgsBytes = Encoding.ASCII.GetBytes(addFolderMemberArgsString);
requestBodyStream.Write(addFolderMemberArgsBytes, 0, addFolderMemberArgsBytes.Length);

requestBodyStream.Close();

WebResponse response = null;

try
{
    response = request.GetResponse();
}
catch (WebException e)
{
    Console.WriteLine(e.Status);
    Console.WriteLine(e.Message);
    response = e.Response;

} finally {
    Stream responseStream = response.GetResponseStream();
    StreamReader responseReader = new StreamReader(responseStream);
    Console.WriteLine(responseReader.ReadToEnd());

    responseReader.Close();
    response.Close();
}
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