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ASP.NET WebAPI: Getting Started with MVC4 and WebAPI

I've spent the last year working on ASP.NET MVC3 and feeling good this year on MVC4. I got some new exciting features after updating to MVC4, Web API is one of those exciting features. I have read a lot on this feature and have read a lot of good articles on the web. But I didn't get any article that covers all the concepts in one place. So I tried to combine those in one place for beginners. Please don't consider this article as my own invention.. everything is taken from several articles. Please navigate the links in the History section for further details.
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Versioning in WebAPI using Route Constraints

I had an interesting problem with API versioning. The API behaviour for a given resource was going to change between version 1.x and 1.y, but the controller logic was going to stay the same. Usually when your behaviour changes it's a big enough change that you need a new controller and you can direct the request appropriately - either using a version number in the route, or (my preference) with a version in the request header and a custom IHttpControllerSelector.
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Versioning ASP.NET Web API Services Using HTTP Headers

I've been doing some work with APIs lately and finally had the chance to dig into the ASP.NET Web API a bit more. While it's technically brand new (released with .NET 4.5 and Visual Studio 2012), the Web API has been around in beta form for quite a bit now. For those of us who have done a fair amount of work with the WCF framework, the Web API is a welcome addition/replacement. Instead of monstrous configuration files and contract-first demands placed on us by WCF, we can now build RESTful web services using a very lightweight and HTTP-focused framework. As I work on designing a new API, one thing that I'm focused on right now is versioning. In this blog post, I'll show you how to build HTTP-header-based versioning for ASP.NET Web API services.
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Improving Web API performance

ASP.Net Web API is a lightweight framework used for building stateless HTTP services. You can use Web API to design and implement RESTful services that run on HTTP. REST is an architectural style -- a set of constraints used to implement stateless services. Web API has already become the technology of choice for building light weight HTTP services. You can learn more on Web API from the asp.net site.
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Web API, Async and Performance in an ASP.NET MVC application

With the multifold increase in processor performance as well as number of processor cores in a system, software systems are expected to scale horizontally with system hardware. However, software systems have the tough job of working with disparate systems that work at their own speeds (e.g. Network latency, Disk latencies, peripheral device latency and so on). So if we are building a system that does things synchronously, our throughput is always going to be limited by the slowest system in the chain. Thus, the ability of our software to initiate a task and do something else till that task completes, goes a long way to ensure we don't 'bottleneck' or 'wait doing nothing' on a slowly running component. Rowan Miller had an excellent analogy of Async tasks to waiters at a restaurant, in his TechEd NA (2013) talk. To paraphrase – A system working asynchronously is like a waiter at a restaurant. More often than not, a waiter serving a table will be at Table 1, tak…

Building ASP.Net Web API RESTful Service – Part 11

In this post we'll discuss how we can implement resource caching by using an open source framework for HTTP caching on the client and server, this framework is called CacheCow. It is created by Ali Kheyrollahi, we'll cover in this post the server side caching.
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Opt in and opt out from ASP.NET Web API Help Page

The autogenerated ASP.NET Web API help page is an extremely useful tool for documenting your Web API. It can not only present information about the routes, but also show sample requests and responses in all of supported media type formats, and even display information for DataAnnotations. However, more often than not, you don't want all endpoints to be visible in the help page. Let's have a look at how you can opt in and opt out from the ASP.NET Web API Help Page with your resources.
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ASP.NET Web API Help Page Part 2: Providing custom samples on the Help Page

Samples in ASP.NET Web API Help Page are automatically generated based on your action parameters and return types. They represent the kind of contents that could go into the request or response body. For instance, if you have the Delete action inside ValuesController like below:
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Adding a simple Test Client to ASP.NET Web API Help Page

ASP.NET Web API Help Page is a useful extension that automatically generates a web-based documentation for you Web APIs. It makes debugging easier because you can copy/paste the information from Help Page to tools like Fiddler, to call your Web API service and examine the response.
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Web API Documentation Tools

Everyone appreciates good documentation -- when they need it, anyway -- but creating and maintaining that documentation sure feels like a chore sometimes. I've been researching Web API documentation tools for a few projects, recently, and thought you might find a roundup of current options interesting. Traditionally, creating useful API documentation involved a lot of manual labor. The old publishing problems are for the most part behind us -- online documentation has been the standard for a while, now -- and automated API extraction from your code base has been possible for more than a decade. But, in my experience anyway, the tools available until very recently only provided a bare scaffold of your programming interface. The job of filling in any detail at all was up to your technical writers, if you were lucky and had any, or your development team if you were running lean. We could move pretty quickly through an interface's docs back in the day, but it still took time…

Web API Deep Dive - Customizing Auto-Generated Documentation (Part 1 of 6)

Microsoft's ASP.Net Web API 2.2 allows you to easily create REST style APIs on an IIS website. Microsoft has some great documentation on how to get started with it, so I won't rehash that here. Instead, I'm going to go a little deeper into some powerful features that can be used with Web API.
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ASP.NET Web API Help Page Part 2: Providing custom samples on the Help Page

Samples in ASP.NET Web API Help Page are automatically generated based on your action parameters and return types. They represent the kind of contents that could go into the request or response body. For instance, if you have the Delete action inside ValuesController like below:
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Looking at ASP.NET MVC 5.1 and Web API 2.1 - Part 2 - Attribute Routing with Custom Constraints

I'm continuing a series looking at some of the new features in ASP.NET MVC 5.1 and Web API 2.1. Part 1 (Overview and Enums) explained how to update your NuGet packages in an ASP.NET MVC application, so I won't rehash that here.
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Versioning ASP.Net Web API

One of the important things to consider when building an API is a strategy for versioning the API to manage changes. There are several reasons this is important: To support users (developers) of the API that are using an existing version so as not to force breaking changes on them. To prevent breaking existing versions of the client applications that are using an existing version of the API. Previous versions of the API will normally be maintained for either a period to allow developers and client applications to upgrade or indefinitely.
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Best Practices for Designing a Pragmatic RESTful API

Your data model has started to stabilize and you're in a position to create a public API for your web app. You realize it's hard to make significant changes to your API once it's released and want to get as much right as possible up front. Now, the internet has no shortage on opinions on API design. But, since there's no one widely adopted standard that works in all cases, you're left with a bunch of choices: What formats should you accept? How should you authenticate? Should your API be versioned?
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Versioning RESTful Services

I've talked about this in various venues and also cover it in my Pluralsight REST Fundamentals course, but the topic of how to version RESTful services has been popping up a bunch recently on some of the ASP.NET Web API discussion lists, and my friend Daniel Roth asked if I could serialize some of that presentation content into a blog post – so here goes. First, note that while the focus here is on RESTful services and not just HTTP services, the same principles can potentially apply to HTTP services that are not fully RESTful (for example, HTTP services that do not use hypermedia as a state transition mechanism).
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How are REST APIs versioned?

It seems that there are a number of people recommending using Content-Negotiation (the HTTP "Accept:" header) for API versioning. However, none of the big public REST APIs I have looked at seem to be using this approach. They almost exclusively put the API version number in the URI, with the odd exception using a custom HTTP header. I am at somewhat of a loss to explain this disconnect.
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ASP.NET Web API GZip compression ActionFilter with 8 lines of code

If you are building high performance applications that consumes WebAPI, you often need to enable GZip / Deflate compression on Web API. Compression is an easy way to reduce the size of packages and in the same time increase the speed of communication between client and server. Two common algorithms used to perform this on the Web are GZip and Deflate. These two algorithms are recognized by all web browsers and all GZip and Deflate HTTP responses are automatically decompressed. On this picture you can see the benefits of GZip compression.
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Improving Web API performance

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Writing tests for an ASP.NET Web API service

It's important to test any service you write to make sure that it's behaving the way you expect it to. In this blog post, I'll go through the main ways of testing a Web API service, exploring the benefits and drawbacks of each option so that you can test your service effectively.
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