How to Add WebAPI Support to the Server Project in LightSwitch 2012

This article describes how to add WebAPI support to a server project in LightSwitch using Visual Studio 2012.

Procedure for adding WebAPI support to the server project

Step 1

  • Open the Visual Studio 2012.
  • Go to "File" => "New" => "Project..."
  • In "New Project" => "Installed" => "Template"
  • In "Template" => "LightSwitch"
  • Select "LightSwitch Application (Visual C#)".
  • Enter the Name and choose the location.
  • Click "OK".

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Step 2

The Solution Explorer appears.

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Step 3

In the Solution Explorer, right-click on the ApplicationName (HtmlApplication) and choose "Add Client".

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Step 4

In the Solution Explorer, right-click on the Server and choose "Add Table".

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Step 5

The table appears.

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Step 6

In the Solution Explorer right-click on the HTMLClient Screen and choose "Add screen".

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Step 7

The Add New Screen dialog box appears on the screen. Add a Browse Screen to display the list of Employees.

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Step 8

Add another Screen (Add/Edit Detail Screen).

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Step 9

Open the BrowseEmployees Screen, the BrowseEmployees Screen Designer appears.

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Step 10

Add a button to the BrowseEmployees Screen.

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Step 11

The Add Button dialog box appears.

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Step 12

Press F5 to run the application and add some employee's data.

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Step 13

Go to the Solution Explorer and click on the "Toggle View" button and select "File View".

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Step 14

Go to the Solution Explorer and right-click on the Server project and click on "Add" and choose "Add New Item".

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Step 15

The Add New Item dialog box appears. Choose the "WebAPI Controller" template and provide a name for it.

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using System;

using System.Collections.Generic;

using System.Linq;

using System.Net;

using System.Net.Http;

using System.Web.Http;

using System.Collections;

using Microsoft.LightSwitch;

 

namespace LightSwitchApplication

{

    public class EmployeeController : ApiController

    {

        // GET api/<controller>

        public IEnumerable<string> Get()

        {

            return new string[] { "1", "2" };

        }

 

        // GET api/<controller>/5

        public string Get(int id)

        {

            return "value";

        }

 

        // POST api/<controller>

        public void Post([FromBody]string value)

        {

        }

 

        // PUT api/<controller>/5

        public void Put(int id, [FromBody]string value)

        {

        }

 

        // DELETE api/<controller>/5

        public void Delete(int id)

        {

        }

    }

}

Step 16 

Now we need to add a global application class to the server project to add an HTTP route to our WebAPI .

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using System.Collections.Generic;

using System.Linq;

using System.Web;

using System.Web.Security;

using System.Web.SessionState;

using System.Web.Routing;

using System.Web.Http;

 using System; 

namespace LightSwitchApplication

{

    public class Global : System.Web.HttpApplication

    {

 

        protected void Application_Start(object sender, EventArgs e)

        {

            RouteTable.Routes.MapHttpRoute(

        name: "DefaultApi",

        routeTemplate: "api/{controller}/{id}",

        defaults: new { id = System.Web.Http.RouteParameter.Optional }

        );

        }

 

        protected void Session_Start(object sender, EventArgs e)

        {

 

        }

 

        protected void Application_BeginRequest(object sender, EventArgs e)

        {

 

        }

 

        protected void Application_AuthenticateRequest(object sender, EventArgs e)

        {

 

        }

 

        protected void Application_Error(object sender, EventArgs e)

        {

 

        }

 

        protected void Session_End(object sender, EventArgs e)

        {

 

        }

 

        protected void Application_End(object sender, EventArgs e)

        {

 

        }

    }

}

Step 17

If you run the application again, you can browse to "~/api/employees" under the application root in order to get the result.

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