Self hosting Web API controller

This post is about self hosting your Web API controller. Similar to WCF, Web API can be hosted either on IIS or in Windows Process, can be a windows application or console application or a windows service. Self hosting can be used for unit testing purposes also, instead of mocking...


How to authenticate user against active directory

While developing an intranet application, I had to use Active Directory to authenticate the users. I thought I might need to use WMI. But I found a simple solution using PrincipalContext class from the System.DirectoryServices.AccountManagement namespace. You can use the ValidateCredentials() method. You need to pass the domain name as...


Unit testing ASP.NET Web API Controller

This post is about unit testing Web API controller. As we are using Entity Framework and some Web API related classes, we need to implement dependency injection to unit test Web API controllers. To manage Entity Framework dependency, I am using a simple Repository pattern. Here is my repository interface....


Performing CURD operations using Web API – Part 3

I couldn’t complete this series without mentioning the model validations part. Like normal services you can do custom validations, if validation fails, can create error responses and return. Similar to ASP.Net MVC, WebAPI also supports Model validations using DataAnnotations. And in the code you can use ModelState.IsValid property to validate...


Performing CURD operations using Web API - Part 2

In the last post we implemented CRUD operations with Web API. According to HTTP method definitions, all the HTTP requests should return a HTTP response, which consists of Status Line Response Headers Response Message Body (optional) So we can rewrite all these methods with HttpResponseMessage class,this class help to create...


Performing CURD operations using Web API

This post is about creating a HTTP service for CRUD operations using ASP.Net Web API. CRUD stands for “Create, Read, Update, and Delete,” which are the four basic database operations. Many HTTP services also model CRUD operations through REST or REST-like APIs. For this post I am using simple Employee...


Introduction to Web API

Web API is a brand new platform for developing REST services using Microsoft technology stack. It is a framework based on HTTP services, which helps client applications to communicate with services in an object-oriented way. Web API is highly customizable, scalable framework on top of .net framework. If you are...