Creating a RESTful Web Service Using ASP.Net MVC Part 5b – HTTP Response Codes

October 16, 2008 20:43 by admin

In this series of posts we have been using ASP.Net MVC to create a RESTful web service. In my last post I looked at returning the full set of standard HTTP Response codes. At the end of that post, the code was handling errors raised during the processing of an action. However, as I said then, that code would not catch all possible errors that are raised during the processing a request.

In this post I’ll look how our web service can handle those other errors instead of relying on the ASP.Net framework to handle them.

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Creating a RESTful Web Service Using ASP.Net MVC Part 5a – HTTP Response Codes

October 16, 2008 12:26 by admin

Roy Fielding’s original dissertation describes how a uniform interface is one of the key features of a REST architecture. When illustrating a uniform interface, many people describe the verbs that the interface exposes (e.g. in the case of HTTP these are GET, PUT, POST etc.). However, we should also consider the responses as part of that interface. One of the reasons HTTP fits the RESTful style so well, is that its limited and uniform interface includes the standard HTTP response codes.

In this post I’ll look how the web service we’ve been developing can return the full range of response codes available.

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