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Expert ASP.NET Web API 2 for MVC Developers by Adam Freeman

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CHAPTER 4

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Understanding HTTP Web Services

In this chapter, I explain the different ways in which ASP.NET Web API can be used to deliver an HTTP web service and the kinds of clients that each arrangement best suits. I build on this foundation to describe the two broad categories of web service that you can create: simple web services (like the one I created in Chapter 2) and RESTful web services, which are more complex but are easier to maintain.

The choice between simple and RESTful web services echoes themes that run through MVC framework development: an initial investment of design and development time that is paid back through a loosely coupled ...

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