Web API : One side object materialization

Recently I’ve been working on a api project where the requirement was that any data on the api service side is plain xml, stored in database as xml type column. No binding and object materialization is done on the server. However the client has to operate on clr objects. I am going to show you the solution I came to. I have chosen the Web API 2 as the service architecture, sinc…

By Mirek on (tags: Web API, web service, XML, categories: architecture)

Web Api: custom binding with AutoMapper

In Web Api 2.0 and MVC5 you can only pass: int, bool, double etc.., TimeSpan, DateTime, Guid, decimal, and string values in URI. For any complex type having lists or other complex object within you have to pass serialized JSON/XML in the request body. But what If we want use such complex type from URI? Then read on… What is binding? Binding is a mechanism used by the Web Api to…

By Piotr on (tags: automapper, mvc, Web API, categories: code)

Practical differences between ASP.NET Web API and WCF Data Services

In this post I would like to point out the main practical differences between ASP.NET Web API and WCF Data Services (OData). For those who does not yet know too much about Web API there is a lot of articles and tutorial about this topic on the net. The starting point is of course Microsoft ASP.NET team site which provides all related information and a bunch of tutorials. Concer…

By Mirek on (tags: ASP.NET, OData, WCF Data Services, Web API, categories: infrastructure, code)