Friday, June 6, 2014

Video Review: Restful Services with ASP.NET Web API by Packt Publishing

If you enjoy seeing videos to learn thing this is the opportunity, Now  Packt publishing is also started providing video courses and tutorial. I’m lucky enough to get an opportunity to review this video and thanks again Sagar Malage and Packt publishing marketing team to providing me opportunity to review this video.

About Video Course:

Course Name : Restful services  with ASP.NET Web API by Packt Publishing.
Total Duration: 2 hours and 4 minutes.
Release Date: Wednesday February 26,2014.
Author: Fanie Reynders

This course is organized in 8 Chapters. Following is a table of Contents.

Chapter 1: Introduction [11:47 Minutes]
  • Definition and Features
  • Relationship with Rest
  • ASP.NET Web API vs WCF
Chapter 2: A Lap Around Basics [15:03 Minutes]
  • A uniform interface
  • The APIController
  • Implementation by Convection.
  • Verb to Attributes.
Chapter 3: A Hands on Example The Book Store[20:18 Minutes]
  • An overview
  • Getting Started
  • Designing the Model
  • Creating End Points
  • The Book Store : Service in Action.
Chapter 4: Securing Web APIs [15:54 Minutes]
  • Authentication and Authorisation
  • Types of Authentication
  • Applying Custom Basic Authentication
  • Enabling SSL and Enforcing HTTPS
Chapter 5: Extensibility [21:28 Minutes]
  • Applying Media formatters
  • Message Handlers
  • Using Filters
  • The Service Resolver
  • Implementing OData
Chapter 6: Interacting with Clients [12:00 Minutes]
  • The HTTP client
  • Using HTTP client message handlers
  • Creating a Custom Client
  • A Comprehensive demo of The Book Store app
Chapter 7: Documentation Using Help Pages[12:26 Minutes]
  • Adding Help Pages
  • Generating Additional Documents
  • Adding a Test Client
  • Customizing Help Pages
Chapter 8: Hosting and Deploying [15:10 Minutes]
  • Hosting Options
  • A Demo on Self Hosting
  • A Demo on Owin Hosting
  • Setting up cloud with Azure
  • Deploying your Web APIS

About Author:

Fanie Reynders is a Microsoft Certified Professional from South Africa and a web Technology Evangelist in his own right, with over 9 years of development experience on the Microsoft stack. He actively writes and speaks about the technology he loves to anyone who is willing to listen and has recently been featured in the DNC Magazine, as well as presenting at Microsoft Dev4Devs conference. You can find him blogging at

Detail Review:

Here is my detail review about video by each chapter.

Chapter 1: Introduction

This chapter is a short introduction of course and Rest specifications where author go through all the definitions related to rest. At the end there is comparison between Web API and WCF I like that part very much.

Chapter 2: A Lap Around Basics

In this chapter author gives a complete overview of Web API with Uniform Interface, The API Controller Basics and How API use Convention based implementation.

Chapter 3: A Hands on Example The Book Store

In this chapter Author created a Handful example of The Book Store Web APIs. Here authors create a sample architecture by using Data Transfer Objects and Mapping Entities by AutoMapper.  The whole video includes creating Web API from scratch and creating a Sample Architecture by code.

Chapter 4: Securing Web APIs

In this chapter Author talk about securing  Web APIS. Here Author go through all the available authentication mechanism for Web API and implements a Basic Authentication.

Chapter 5: Extensibility

In this chapter Author talks about Extensibility. How we can extend and enhance API service via service via Media Formatters, Message Handlers and Attribute. There are some nice practical example given.

Chapter 6: Interacting with Clients

This chapter is all about interacting with client. It will give you a over view of HTTPClient  and HTTPClientMessageHandlers and then there is a back to back demo of creating custom client and The Book Store app.

Chapter 7: Documentation Using Help Pages

In this chapter Author Explains about creating Help pages about Web APIs. As you know ASP.NET Web API does not create documentation by default just like WCF.

Chapter 8: Hosting and Deploying

In this chapter Author explains about different hosting options available for ASP.NET Web APIS like Self Hosting, Self hosting by OWIN and Hosting on Windows Azure.


This video is all about creating a creating a restful service using Web APIS. So you don’t need to expect a complete How to videos for Web APIS. It is a video with specific aim to create a restful service with Web API. If you want to create a restful API and help pages for your product then this video is best suited for you. For those who are interested in creating restful APIS I highly recommend this video. It makes your choices very clear. The only thingyou need to care is you should have some prior knowledge of ASP.NET Web APIS.

On this occasion I would like to thank Sagar Malage and Packt publishing marketing team for letting me review this video. I really enjoyed reviewing this video and learned a lot from this video. Highly recommend this video for creating restful services.

Hope you like it. Stay tuned for more!!


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