ASP.NET Web API has been one of my favorite recent additions to ASP.NET. Whether you prefer a RESTful approach or something more RPC-oriented, Web API will do just about anything you need. Even if you’re still using ASP.NET WebForms, Web API still has you covered – a nice example of the “One ASP.NET” philosophy that’s finally beginning to come together.
However, ASP.NET Web API throws an unintuitive curveball at you when you want to accept simple primitive types as parameters to POST methods. Figuring this issue out is particularly confusing because it’s one of the rare parts of Web API that violates the principle of least astonishment.
Because of that, using jQuery to interact with those methods requires a slight contortion that seems strange at first, but makes sense once you understand why it’s necessary. In this post, I’ll briefly describe the underlying issue and show you how jQuery can be convinced to work around the issue.
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