Chapter 24. ASP.NET Web API


This chapter covers
  • Deciding to use Web API
  • Understanding the new runtime
  • Introducing the ApiController
  • Developing HTTP web services


In this chapter, we’ll use the Guestbook application that was introduced in chapter 2 as a foundation on which to build some Web API web services. Remember that the Guestbook is a simple application that will allow users to post their name and a message to the site, and to see the messages posted by other users. The application exposes these functions on normal web pages. Web API is a new way to write simple HTTP web services. We’ll re-implement the listing and posting features of the Guestbook application using Web API web services.

24.1. What is Web API?

Web API is a new ...

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