developing a restful server in .net

What is the best approach to develop a restful service application, I read some stuff about asp.net web api, but was wondering if anyone has gone that approach on it or what else is out there.
JDEE8297Asked:
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käµfm³d 👽Connect With a Mentor Commented:
You could certainly use DataTables if you preferred. And there is no reason why you cannot use sprocs. That's the beauty of n-tiered architecture  : )

That being said, you may want to create an adapter pattern that maps your DataTable to an "entity" (read DTO) that you create. In this way, you can code your front-end to work with the entity, and the back end can use the DataTable(s). If you ever decide to switch to EF, you just need to swap out your DAL and remap the entity.
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käµfm³d 👽Commented:
If you are familiar with MVC, then WebAPI is nice to use. Even if you're not familiar with MVC, I think WebAPI makes rest pretty straight-forward.You can do REST in WCF, buf it takes a bit of setup.
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JDEE8297Author Commented:
So if I was building something from the ground up, and wanted it to be restful, web api may be the way to go. I am at the very start of this project, and I have being playing around with trying to set up restful services using various examples, and I keep coming back to web api when I am doing my research.
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käµfm³d 👽Commented:
Is there anything about WebAPI that you don't understand? Have you successfully set up a WebAPI project?
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JDEE8297Author Commented:
Another question on this same topic, any time I have worked with the database, I have used datatables. Is that a no no and if it is a no no, what is a better approach. Was looking EF but that just seems like a lot of set up and wondering how efficient it is.

I really want to keep all of the database related things inside stored procedures, and not so much in backend application code (c# or vb.net).
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JDEE8297Author Commented:
Thanks for your help so far on this, it has been greatly appreciated, I am starting to like this new web api more and more. Although, I will admit this MVC approach is a little confusing to me.

For example I have two public methods in my controller, where one of them takes a string as the parameter and another takes a numeric value. How does the webapi know which one to route my traffic to the appropriate method?
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JDEE8297Author Commented:
thank you for your help, greatly appreciated.
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