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How to host your web API.

  1. Use OWIN to Self-Host Web API

    By Kanchan Mehrotra|

    This tutorial shows how to host ASP.NET Web API in a console application, using OWIN to self-host the Web API framework. Open Web Interface for .NET (OWIN) defines an abstraction between .NET web s...

  2. Host ASP.NET Web API 2 in an Azure Worker Role

    By Mike Wasson|

    This tutorial shows how to host ASP.NET Web API 2 in an Azure Worker Role, using OWIN to self-host the Web API framework.

  3. Self-Host Web API (HttpSelfHostServer)

    By Mike Wasson|

    This tutorial shows an older way to Self-Host Web API. New applications should use OWIN for self-hosting.

  4. Create a mobile-friendly REST service using ASP.NET Web API and SQL Database

    This tutorial shows how to deploy an ASP.NET web application that uses the ASP.NET Web API to a Windows Azure Web Site by using the Publish Web wizard in Visual Studio 2012 or Visual Studio 2012 for Web Express.

  5. How to Deploy a Windows Azure Web Site

    This topic provides a brief overview of deploying your own content to a Windows Azure Web site.

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1. Introduction

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2. Uniform Interface

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3. HttpClient

33 mins

4. Hosting

25 mins

5. Security

10 mins

6.Extensbility

27 mins

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Web API Books

Microsoft's Jon Galloway recommends these books for learning ASP.NET MVC:

Pro ASP.NET Web API

Pro ASP.NET Web API

by Tugberk Ugurlu, Alexander Zeitler

Designing Evolvable Web APIs with ASP.NET

Designing Evolvable Web APIs with ASP.NET

by Glenn Block, Pablo Cibraro, Pedro Felix, Howard Dierking, Darrel Miller

ASP.NET MVC 4 and the Web API: Building a REST Service from Start to Finish

ASP.NET MVC 4 and the Web API: Building a REST Service from Start to Finish

by Jamie Kurtz