ozba ozba - 24 days ago 12
C# Question

Returning http status code from Web Api controller

I'm trying to return a status code of 304 not modified for a GET method in a web api controller.

The only way I succeeded was something like this:

public class TryController : ApiController
{
public User GetUser(int userId, DateTime lastModifiedAtClient)
{
var user = new DataEntities().Users.First(p => p.Id == userId);
if (user.LastModified <= lastModifiedAtClient)
{
throw new HttpResponseException(HttpStatusCode.NotModified);
}
return user;
}
}


The problem here is that it's not an exception, It's just not modified so the client cache is OK.
I also want the return type to be a User (as all the web api examples shows with GET) not return HttpResponseMessage or something like this.

Answer

I did not know the answer so asked the ASP.NET team here.

So the trick is to change the signature to HttpResponseMessage and use Request.CreateResponse.

[ResponseType(typeof(User))]
public HttpResponseMessage GetUser(HttpRequestMessage request, int userId, DateTime lastModifiedAtClient)
{
    var user = new DataEntities().Users.First(p => p.Id == userId);
    if (user.LastModified <= lastModifiedAtClient)
    {
         return new HttpResponseMessage(HttpStatusCode.NotModified);
    }
    return request.CreateResponse(HttpStatusCode.OK, user);
}