Building a self-hosted REST service
Since a REST-style WCF service provides an endpoint that is accessible through standard HTTP GET/POST requests, it is quite common and reasonable to host a REST service in an ASP.NET web application (via a
.svc file). However, we can also use any .NET-managed application to host a WCF REST service out of an IIS server.
In this recipe, we will demonstrate how to use a console application to host a WCF REST service.
How to do it...
Creating a self-hosted REST service is quite similar to a standard WCF service, but with some minor differences. Let’s take a look at the detailed steps here:
- Define the
ServiceContractfor the REST service.
The first thing to do is define a
ServiceContractfor our sample REST service. Here ...