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  1. Execution Order of Mvc4 WebApi Action Filters

    There is no way to forecast the execution order of WebApi Action Filters. It changes randomly each time the code is changed. It would be nice to have an integer property to control the order like in normal Mvc controllers, but also respecting the order they are put on the action method would be acceptable

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    • Support Nested Routes

      MVC has areas, which would work nicely for this. My thoughts behind this are that it's nice to package functionality as modules, and areas serve that purpose well in MVC apps. Of course, it would be nice to be able to host nested areas, as well.

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        • Support OutputCache on WebAPI calls

          In ASP.NET MVC it easy to cache the output of a call by applying the outputcache attribute. A similar feature for WebAPI would help for cacheable resources.

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          • Please provide a 'how to write unit test for Web Api' including using Task/async ApiControllers'

            The section on learning Web API needs to have a topic around writing unit tests. Web API home pages says it's 'easy to test' but then there are no topics around it. Please add a topic on unit testing

            51 votes
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            • Request throttling policy attribute

              Web API should have a built-in attribute and a IThrottlePolicyProvider similar to CORS implementation, to limit the number of times an endpoint gets executed by the same client within a given time period based on IP, client key and route.
              There are several implementations on the web regarding throttling but an official NuGet package would be nice.

              49 votes
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              • Impovements in ApiExplorer

                Right now it's impossible to add documentation of the multipart form data parameters and exclude / rename Model Binder arguments.

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                • Add ASP.NET MVC view generation features to ASP.NET Web API

                  I think maintaining and working with ASP.NET MVC and ASP.NET Web API side by side in the same project is a drain on development resources and support cost.
                  I would like to use ASP.NET Web API to generate Razor views via an additional NuGet package rather then relying on ASP.NET MVC.

                  38 votes
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                  • 37 votes
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                    • Enhance the routing API

                      While I was working on WebAPIContrib I found several issues with the Routing API. I described it in more detail here: http://pedroreys.com/2012/03/14/asp-net-web-api-routing-needs-a-hug/

                      36 votes
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                      • Provide an ITraceWriter implementation based on ETW's EventSource

                        There's a tracing engine in WebApi based on ITraceWriter interface.
                        We should register an implementation as a service in HttpConfiguration:
                        config.Services.Replace(typeof(ITraceWriter), new MyTracer());

                        There're no any ITraceWriter implementation in WebApi by default. But there's a NuGet package Microsoft.AspNet.WebApi.Tracing which provides an implementation uses System.Diagnostics.Trace.

                        That's nice. But Microsoft widely promotes ETW engine for logging & tracing. It's a pity that there's no any official implementation of ITraceWriter which would uses System.Diagnostics.Tracing.EventSource (ETW).

                        31 votes
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                        • 26 votes
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                          • Remove Ambient Namespaces From Serialized XML

                            Currently the XML serialisers both output namespaces that are not required:

                            xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema"; xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance";

                            I'm not sure about the Data Contract serializer, but it is not difficult to supress these...

                            Just pass into the Serialize method an XmlSerializerNamespaces:

                            var xmlSerializerNamespaces = new XmlSerializerNamespaces();
                            xmlSerializerNamespaces.Add(String.Empty, defaultNamespace);

                            var xmlSerializer = new XmlSerializer(objectType);
                            xmlSerializer.Serialize(xmlWriter, toBeSerialised, xmlSerializerNamespaces);

                            Where defaultNamespace could be set on the GlobalConfiguration.Configuration.Formatters.XmlFormatter or it could be read from the XmlRoot attribute (if present) on the object being serialised.

                            25 votes
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                            • Add SSL to HttpMethodAttribute

                              Add an optional parameter to the HttpMethodAttributes to enforce SSL on methods/actions eg.

                              [HttpGet(SSL=Required)]
                              public .... Get(){}

                              [HttpPost(SSL=Optional)]
                              ...

                              [HttpPut(SSL=NotSupported)]
                              ...

                              22 votes
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                              • Add flag to enable IExceptionLogger and IExceptionHandler 500 breaking change

                                The "Web API Global Error Handling" document states:
                                Because this functionality is being added in a minor release, one important constraint impacting the solution is that there be no breaking changes, either to type contracts or to behavior. This constraint ruled out some cleanup we would like to have done in terms of existing catch blocks turning exceptions into 500 responses. This additional cleanup is something we might consider for a subsequent major release.

                                Please add a flag to enable clean up while at the same time not having a breaking change.

                                16 votes
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                                • Add System.Web.Http.ModelBinding.HttpPostedFileBaseModelBinder to mirror the System.Web.Mvc.HttpPostedFileBaseModelBinder

                                  The System.Web.Mvc.HttpPostedFileBaseModelBinder class works well.

                                  Can it be mirrored for the Web API

                                  15 votes
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                                  • Make WebAPI support everything MVC does minus views.

                                    I think most people expectations would rightfully (IMHO) that WebAPI would support everything MVC does minus any view rendering or ActionResult overhead. When I search the web I see many comments relating to "I can do X in MVC but not in WebAPI". Example: Multipart/form-data or jsonp handling works in MVC out of the box.

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                                    • Create an HTML Formatter

                                      As suggested in the Add a HTML MediaTypeFormater to the Web API response, I would like to see a pure HTML Formatter. This would not use views or razor, rather it would generate a simple HTML page based on the model passed in. It would work like the XML and JSON serializers, producing a standard HTML format... objects would start with a <dl> tag with a class attribute set to the class name. It would contain a <dt> <dd> pair for each property. If a property was a list, the <dd> would contain a <ul> where each <li> would contain…

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                                      • Add a fluent OData query configuration API

                                        In the current release of OData Web API, security for queries is applied via the Queryable attribute or via ODataQueryOptions. The current system lacks any built-in method for restricting which fields can be used with the $filter query option. Implementing a trivial list of fields that support $filter is difficult, given that it can apply to relations.

                                        Instead, consider adding a "fluent" configuration API that captures this information at the entity level and allows orderby & filter to be "entity model aware" (for lack of a better term).

                                        For example,
                                        var settingsBuilder = ODataConventionSettingsBuilder();
                                        settingsBuilder.Entity<Order>().OrderByProperties("Id");
                                        settingsBuilder.Entity<Order>()
                                        .OrderByProperties({ "Id", "Name" }) …

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                                        • Support for stream binding and simplify upload case

                                          Provide ability for binding to Stream property. It would be nice if I could create upload as easy as it is in MVC. Please provide out of the box suport for binding multipart/form-data or octet-stream to class with stream property.
                                          It would be also nice If I could bind field with base64 string to stream property.

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