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Programming Microsoft ASP.NET MVC by Dino Esposito

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Chapter 10. An executive guide to Web API

The visionary lies to himself, the liar only to others.

Friedrich Nietzsche

ASP.NET Web API is a new framework expressly designed to support and simplify the building of HTTP services that can be consumed by a variety of clients; in particular, HTML pages and mobile applications. The core idea behind Web API is nothing new, and developers and architects have been facing the same challenge for at least a decade now. Along the way, several frameworks and technologies have been worked out and each was regularly presented as the definitive solution to the issue. How many times did you hear that Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) was the ideal technology to build a service layer for whatever kind of client, ...

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