9 Creating a Web API for mobile and client applications using MVC

This chapter covers

  • Creating a Web API controller to return JSON to clients
  • Using attribute routing to customize your URLs
  • Generating a response using content negotiation
  • Applying common conventions with the [ApiController] attribute

In the previous five chapters, you’ve worked through each layer of a server-side rendered ASP.NET Core application, using Razor Pages to render HTML to the browser. In this chapter you’ll see a different take on an ASP.NET Core application. Instead of using Razor Pages, we’ll explore Web APIs, which serve as the backend for client-side SPAs and mobile apps.

You can apply much of what you’ve already learned to Web APIs; they use the same MVC design ...

Get ASP.NET Core in Action, Second Edition now with the O’Reilly learning platform.

O’Reilly members experience books, live events, courses curated by job role, and more from O’Reilly and nearly 200 top publishers.