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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

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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.

              57 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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                • 48 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/

                    41 votes
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                    • 35 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.

                        34 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)]
                          ...

                          31 votes
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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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                              under review  ·  0 comments  ·  ASP.NET Web API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 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.

                              18 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 ApiDescription.ResponseDescription setter public

                                  It is impossible to provide a custom implementation of IApiExplorer because the setter for ApiDescription.ResponseDescription is internal. Please either make the setter public (or make the interface internal).

                                  13 votes
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                                    under review  ·  1 comment  ·  ASP.NET Web API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Use Reflection to Auto Populate the Allow Header

                                    Based on the current Route being executed, it should be possible to detect HTTP methods the same route supports and therefore populate the Allow header in the response. e.g. whilst performing a GET on /api/values it should be possible to detect that the route supports both GET and POST (in fact the code I presume already has this list so that it knows which Action to call). The Allow header could then be populated with GET, POST.

                                    The icing on the cake would be that the Authorize attribute is still checked so if the caller does not have permission to…

                                    11 votes
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                                    • Mono-For-Android-compatible version of Web Api client

                                      The current Web Api Client is not compatible with Mono For Android, and trying to use HttpWebRequest and OData from Android mobile app. is a pain. Not sure about the amount of effort involved, but the author of Json.Net recently provided an mfa-compatible version, packaged as a Portable Class Library.

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                                      • ApiExplorer does not support nested types

                                        public class MyClass
                                        {
                                        public List<MyClass> MyChildren { get; set; }
                                        }

                                        This kind of scenario provides an exception of type AggregateException in HelpPageSampleGenerator.WriteSampleObjectUsingFormatter method.

                                        Having this kind of structure is useful when you want to return a tree of objects.

                                        7 votes
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                                        • Provide a way to easily Mock HttpRequestMessage for an ApiController

                                          Currently it is not easy to Mock or use a DI Container to inject HttpRequestMessage into an ApiController constructor. Therefore, if you are attempting to leverage any common functionality throughout the ApiController class (such as reading common Request Headers), you cannot accomplish this today because HttpRequestMessage is only available at the Method level and not at the time the class is constructed/instantiated. Being able to use DI and Mocking of HttpRequestMessage for an ApiController constructor would be tremendously useful and helpful.

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