Why Web API ?
Before web API technology every developer used to communicate with multiple services over the internet by using following technology like web services, WCF, COM, COM+,DCOM,.NET remoting.
All the technology works based on Service Oriented Architecture which create communication between service provider and service consumer which helpes to communicate with different types of applications like web, mobile based, standalone applications and many more.
First of all understand limitations of every technology:-
Used-Collection of open protocols and standards used for exchanging data between
applications or systems.
Return Type- XML
Host Server- IIS
Used-To develop SOAP based services and binding
Host Server-IIS,Self hosting, WAS,Windows Service hosting
So, developers want to create such type of services who can exchange their data based on browser,application and devices(mobile,tab,laptop,desktop) very easy and faster way and it is possible not only one of the component or service it's possible by making API(Application Programming Interface)which used over the internet and that's the reason every application taking help of WEB API!!!
What IS WEB API:-
It is open source a platform for building REST-ful services and accessed using HTTP protocol.
Web API is a web development concept which used for client-side web application and server-side web applications.
Developer can build web api by any technology like .net,java,php and so on.
.NET Framework WEB API-
1. ASP.NET WEB API is a framework for building web APIs on top of the .NET Framework.
2. Web API is like a web service or WCF service but only supports only HTTP protocol
3. Wep API is built on top of ASP.NET and supports request and response pipeline.
4. ASP.NET WEB API maps HTTP verbs to method names.
5. ASP.NET WEB API supports different formats of response like xml,json and so on.
6. Similar to WCF ASP.NET WEB API can be hosted on IIS,SELF hosted.
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