Microsoft's ASP.NET Web API simplifies data delivery through HTTP, making it a great platform for building RESTful applications. With ASP.NET Web API Succinctly, you'll learn the ins and outs of the technology so that you can start building services in no time. The book starts with a high-level overview of Web API, examining the hosting layer, message handler pipeline, and controller, and delves further into each layer in succinct detail. By the end of the book, you'll understand how ASP.NET Web API handles requests, how to set up a route table, and how to extend the controller at the center of the API to perform custom actions. Beyond data delivery, you'll gain some insight into keeping your API secure, self-hosting or hosting the API on the web, and how to create unit tests with it. Even if you don't have a thorough knowledge of HTTP, you can start using ASP.NET Web API—simplicity is one of its strengths.

Emanuele DelBono

I am an architect and software developer with more than 10 years' experience in building web applications. I have always been curious and interested in learning new technologies and new languages, and over the last few years I have spent my time in frontend development, taking in my stride the quirks of javascript and different browser personalities.

C#, Ruby, Javascript, Test Driven Development, Patterns and Clean Code are the languages and practices I speak every day. I love to share what I learn, actively participating in conferences as a speaker at numerous events for various developer communities. But I don’t just live for technology: in my spare time I really enjoy freshwater sailing on Lake Garda and being a "perfect dad".

  • About REST
  • Hello Web API
  • The Life of a Request
  • The Routing System
  • The Controller
  • Model Validation
  • Content Negotiation
  • Message Handlers
  • Security
  • OData
  • Hosting
  • Testing
  • Appendix A: HTTP Status Codes