ASP.NET Core 2.0 Update: Building a RESTful API with ASP.NET Core

As some of you might have noticed, ASP.NET Core 2.0 was recently released 😉  I’ve been gradually updating my ASP.NET Core Pluralsight courses to 2.0, and today I’m happy to announce that my Building a RESTful API with ASP.NET Core course has been updated.  It offers an in-depth look at REST (more than 8 hours!), and it’s probably the course I’m most of proud of up until now.  Here’s some additional info:

Building a RESTful API is very different from building just an API. In this course, Building a RESTful API with ASP.NET Core, you’ll learn how to build an API that fits the REST architectural style, with ASP.NET Core 1 or 2.

That implies that the API should adhere to the constraints enforced by the REST architectural style. First, you’ll look into how you can correctly interact with your API by using the correct HTTP methods and status codes.

Next, you’ll explore validation, logging, and common functionality RESTful APIs. Then, you’ll discover how to correctly use media types, and will look into versioning, caching, and handling concurrency.

Finally, you’ll learn protecting and documenting the API. By the end of this course, you’ll have built an API with level 3 maturity, which is the highest possible level of APIs.

If you’re interested, you can view it at Pluralsight.

Happy coding! :)

*edit: here’s a list of changes I made – that can help you out if you’ve previously watched the course and want to know what’s new / changed.

The most important change: all demos for each module were updated.

As far as clips are concerned, these clips were updated:

  • Course Prerequisites
    Demo – Inspecting the Starter Solution
    Demo – Working with Content Negotiation and Output Formatters
    Demo – Upserting with PUT
    Demo – Logging Faults
    Demo – Logging to a File
    Demo – Supporting HTTP Cache Headers
    Cache Stores
    Demo – Adding a Cache Store (new clip)
    Documenting our API
    Final module summary
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Xaml Sharp

Brilliant work Kevin! Can you inform us which particular module items have changed so that we may review only those?


HI Kevin,
I have been coding in .NET and C# for several years, including SOAP services, but haven’t worked with Web API yet. I am about to begin a project where I need to write the code to access RESTful API’s on the Internet hosted by another company. I can write the client code in ASP.NET MVC or ASP.NET Core. Which one of your courses should I take to learn how to do this?

John Adkins

I just went thru your Pluralsight course “Securing Core”, well done by the way. I was wondering if could touch on using Active Directory B2C instead of Identity Server for securing and consuming .net core 2.0 APIs or web sites. Seems to be a missing piece or a new flavor of ice cream that not much written on. Thanks!

Stéphane Berger

Hi Kevin,

I have just finished your course “Building a Restful API with ASP.NET Core” and I just wanted to thank you very much for it!

This one of the very best courses I have ever taken! Please keep them coming!


Hey Kevin,
I just finished the second module of this course. Great work!!! It has been very helpful. I am building an API (using the info from this course) that I will use with the architecture I learned from your course “Building and Securing a RESTful API for Multiple Clients in ASP.NET”.
Thanks for your great work!


[as followup to my earlier comment, I’ve found the solution to be to comment removed the .EnsureSeedDataForContext(); call from Startup.cs]. Feel free to remove or otherwise edit my original comment as you see fit.

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