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Is there an advantage to using WCF or WebAPI for mobile?

I'm looking at doing my first mobile development using Mono Touch and Mono for Android. I'd like them to communicate with an ASP.NET MVC 4 site I'm designing. I've worked with WCF and WebAPI in the ...
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How to support different API Versions

I am writing a Rest API and am wondering how best to handle supporting the different versions. By this I don't mean how to define a URI as V2 or V3, but rather how to structure the code given that ...
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Pure Front end JavaScript with Web API versus MVC views with ajax

This was more a discussion for what peoples thoughts are these days on how to split a web application. I am used to creating an MVC application with all its views and controllers. I would normally ...
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Should we call Web API from MVC application in same solution?

I am working on a project in MVC that has mobile application so one thing is clear that we have to use Web API so it can used in mobile application. After creating API when we started to develop Web ...
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What am I missing in my (mis)understanding of IoC/DI/Castle Windsor?

Okay, so here's how I understand IoC and DI in Web API to work when using Castle Windsor. Note, though, that my confidence that I understand it as I should, though, falls somewhere between my ...
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What is the clean way to pass my LoginContext down through the layers to the data access layer?

I have inherited an API implemented using ASP.NET WebApi 2. The actions on the controllers are all like this: public object Get(long id) { LoginContext loginDetails = GetLoginDetails(); if ...
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Calling Web API vs adding reference to underlying dlls

This is more of an Architecture question, and I want to know all the possible pros and cons of the approach. In my org, we have an ASP.NET Application say "A", a Web API Project say "W", and ...
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why Web API 2 has RouteConfig.cs file?

I m working on Web API project, and it is using WebApiConfig.cs file to defined routs for Web API. Web API fold RouteConfig.cs file. I have googled and they say RouteConfig.cs is for MVC routing. It ...
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when is it necessary or when should a controller be async

When is it absolutely necessary for a controller to be async? Should all controllers be async or is it bad practice to make all of them async unless it is necessary. Just looking for some general ...
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Restful WebAPI VS Regular Controllers

I'm doing some R&D on what seems like a very confusing topic, I've also read quite a few of the other SO questions, but I feel my question might be unique enough to warrant me asking. We've never ...
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Securing a Web Api for individual Users

We currently have a web app (.net MVC 5), user's login using their username and password and then we store an encrypted value in a cookie to authenticate them on future requests. We are now in the ...
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What kind of user authentication do I need in for a restful web api

I am doing a restful web api with asp.net Web API 2 I do not want to use any form of cookies or basic authentication (send user/pass in cleartext thus SSL needed) I do not use/need claims stuff. I ...
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How to manage security of these self hosted web apis, to ensure that the request coming for accessing data is authenticated?

Let's pretend I am going to work on an enterprise application. Say I have 11 modules in the application and I would have to develop Dashboards for every role in the organization for whom I are going ...
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Invoking a web service in a Web API Project…in which layer to invoke?

I am using Microsoft ASP.NET Web API 2 and one of my end points has to internally invoke a legacy non-Microsoft web service (not asmx or svc) . Which layer should I invoke this in? I currently have ...
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Is it feasible to change model relationship mappings and properties in Entity Framework CodeFirst at runtime?

Here's the situation. I have an enterprise application that uses EF Codefirst to map POCOs to an existing database. This has been working fine so far. In fact I would say that it's been working really ...
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necessary to migrate to Web API from MVC controller

Since the released of Web API, I've been wondering whether it's necessary or helpful to migrate/change MVC controllers to use Web API calls. Since it's hard to describe code I'll show an example of ...
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project layout using webapi

I have the following project structure I would like to implement. I would like to know if there are any pitfalls to structuring my code this way. It is going to be using Microsoft's WebAPI, an MVC 4 ...
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WebAPI authorisation for other apps

I would like to create a WebAPI application that can serve some of my web sites. My goal is to abstract some common task such as email sending, address resolving etc by providing an API to all of my ...
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Is RESTFUL API as back-end service one of the best (or suitable) choice for Mobile App? [closed]

I have a background on .NET development, recently I was asked to code back-end service for a mobile app. I had experiences on MVC, and now I'm trying to understand more on Restful Web API. My ...
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Why Microsoft’s Web API is named as ASP.Net Web API

ASP.Net is Active Server Pages using .Net Framework Wikipedia says It was first released in January 2002 with version 1.0 of the .NET Framework, and is the successor to Microsoft's Active Server ...
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Asp.net Web Api Controller design

I am developing services using Asp.Net Web Api. I am debating on design of our controllers. We have this common scenario where user will be presented with bunch of search field, once he enters the ...
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Web API architecture design

I'm learning and diving into Web API. I've used web services before but not specifically with web API. Below is how I am designing it so far and I was curious on the feedback. I have a ...
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bad practice to have actions in web api controllers

I was creating a new action for a WebApi controller and tried to create a url using the following: @Url.RouteUrl("DefaultApi", new { httproute = "", controller = "ClientApi"}) and noticed that the ...
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What's the point/Use of writing out just the method signatures for an API in .Net Web Api

I have been asked to write the signatures for and API end points GET/POST/PUT methods. I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around what the point of this is. My co-worker asked if I could do this ...
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How to configure these REST API Resources [closed]

I'm still in the design phase of my REST API, and I'm a bit stuck on how to configure the resources. The API will be consumed by mobile devices (Android, iOS, and Windows). Communication through ...
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Implementing internal own authentication

Let me apologize first if this topic is too subjective, or not concrete enough. I want to implement a login api for an internal web service at my company using asp web api 2. I know how to implement ...
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REST API design for associations/aggregation

I am building RESTful API that manages persons and lists. There can be many List and many Person each with its own set of properties. Person can be in zero or more lists, List can contain zero or more ...
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Best practices for caching search queries

I am trying to improve performance of my ASP.net Web Api by adding a data cache but I am not sure how exactly to go about it as it seems to be more complex than most caching scenarios. An example is I ...
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Row and Field level Security Management through Code First EF, WebApi2

I could not find such question specific to asp.net webapi row level security on SO. I am building an API through .NET Webapi2 with Entity Framework. I am trying to assess various options that are ...
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Single result as REST/ODATA response on GET

In an API which should be both restful and support OData for different client types. I have an endpoint that always returns a single result. Should I: Return the entity as a single entity? Put it ...
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Error messages from Web API, should I use error codes? [duplicate]

I'm developing a Web API. Error messages that are returned from my controllers are currently being displayed directly by the consumer applications. I want to change it so that the consumer is ...
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Using web api or libraries

We currently have 1 domain and 4 subdomains using 5 different applications. We are programming in asp.net and we have 6 different solution project. 5 applications and 1 solution for shared back-end. ...