Practical ASP.NET Web API
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Practical ASP.NET Web API provides you with a hands-on and code-focused demonstration of the ASP.NET Web API in action. From the very beginning, you'll be writing working code in order to see best practices and concepts in action. As the book progresses, the concepts and code will become more sophisticated. Beginning with an overview of the web service model in general and Web API in particular, you'll progress quickly to a detailed exploration of the request binding and response formatting that lie at the heart of Web API. You'll investigate various scenarios and see how they can be manipulated to achieve the results you need.
Later in the book more sophisticated themes will be introduced that will set your applications apart from the crowd. You’ll learn how you can validate the request messages on arrival, how you can create loosely coupled controllers, extend the pipeline processing to compartmentalize your code for security and unit testing before being put onto a live hosting server.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
Great examples that were spot on with no fluff
By Jay Pondy
Practical is the word. Great examples that were spot on with no fluff. If you are just getting into web API this book will provide all you need for a jump start. Three years later I still refer to it.
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
To the point, easy to understand
By Charles D. Duncan
I don't come across a lot of books that I think are this good, but it rates a 5 by me. The book covers the material without a lot of excess material that can bore the heck out of you. It's straight to the point, covers everything in enough detail so you can understand what's going on, and walks you carefully through examples to demonstrate the concepts. It also covers things I haven't found anywhere else that really help learning the material.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
Great Intro for ASP.NET Web API
By Brian K
Fantastic book. I've only been developing in C# and the .NET Framework for about a year and have only have a little coding experience prior to that. I basically never touched the ASP.NET Web API prior to this book but I do have a little experience in the MVC framework. This book was easy to follow and I never felt that the code was over my head. With this book, you'll have an API up and running in just a few pages, although an extremely simplified one.
The chapters and sections are fairly modular. If you feel you don't need a section, you can skim or skip it with little consequence.
Before I picked this book up, I started reading Apress's ASP.NET Web API 2: Building a REST Service From Start to Finish. As an absolute beginner to Web API, I grew frustrated with it. I was 5 chapters deep and still hadn't even created created or tested my first API call. Right when I thought I was going to write an controller method to serve up a HTTP response, we side tracked to discuss how we'd handle having multiple versions of the API. Then we went off on another tangent and created a custom controller handler. It would be a good follow on book to this, though.
However, Practical ASP.NET Web API has you deploying an API in the first few pages.
If you have no prior experience in C#, this is not the book for you. It assumes some base line knowledge and makes heavy use of LINQ, Delegates and some other intermediate level language features.
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