DN34 - Implementing REST Services using Web API - 3 Days

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Course Description

REST has emerged in recent years as a tremendously important vehicle for creating flexible and standards-based Web services.

This course describes REST best practices and discusses important architectural and API modelling concepts, which you need to know in order to create scalable, secure, and performant REST APIs. The course is based on ASP.NET Web API 2, and discusses many of the rich framework APIs and advanced techniques available.


6 months experience of C# programming. Familiarity with ASP.NET MVC is beneficial.


What you will learn:

  • Creating REST services using Web API
  • Advanced Web API 2 techniques
  • API architecture and modelling concepts
  • Working with OData
  • The importance of Hypermedia in REST
  • Building secure REST services
  • Implementing Quality of Service features
  • Deploying and hosting REST services


For on-site courses (i.e. at your premises), we are more than happy to tailor the course agenda to suit your exact requirements. In many cases, we are able to build your in-house standards and naming conventions into the delivered course.

On-site course enquiry (from £165 pp per day)

Course Details

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Essential Concepts
Overview of REST
HTTP methods, requests, responses, and headers
Creating a simple REST service using Web API

Web API 2 Techniques
Managing flexible HTTP requests and responses
Dependency injection
HTTP message handlers
File uploading

Model Binding
REST and MIME types
Content negotiation
Media formatters for XML, JSON, and BSON
Creating a custom model formatter

REST Clients
Consuming REST services in .NET
Consuming REST services in web and mobile clients
Additional types of client

Managing Routes
Web API routing mechanisms
Route parameters
Best practices for designing APIs and routes
Architectural considerations and best practice

Working with OData
Overview of OData
Defining a data model
Configuring an OData endpoint
Implement CRUD operations
Advanced techniques

Building Hypermedia-Driven REST Services
What is Hypermedia? Understanding HATEOAS (Hypermedia as the Engine of Application State) constraints
Understanding HAL (Hypertext Application Language)
Implementing Hypermedia solutions using Web API

Using SSL and HTTPs
Authentication and authorization options
ASP.NET identity
Using OAuth2
Using Windows Azure ACLs
Enabling Cross-Origin requests
Preventing Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) attack

Practical Considerations
Documenting a REST API
Error handling

Deployment and Hosting
Deployment to IIS
Deployment to Windows Azure
Self-hosting using OWIN


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