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In Visual Studio 2012, follow these steps to add a new ASP.NET Web API project to the existing DrDobbsApp solution:

  1. Select File | Add | New Project… The Add New Project dialog box will appear.
  2. Select Templates | Visual C# | Web in the left pane. The templates list will display many templates for the selected target, including ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Application.
  3. Select ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Application and enter the desired name in the Name textbox. I'll use DrDobbsAppWebAPI.
  4. Click OK and the New ASP.NET MVC 4 Project dialog box will appear. Select the Web API template and click OK (see Figure 5). Visual Studio will create a complete ASP.NET Web API project.

  5. Figure 5: The New ASP.NET MVC 4 Project dialog box allows you to select a project template.

  6. Go to the new project (DrDobbsAppWebApi), right click on References, and select Add Reference… The Reference Manager dialog box will appear. Click on Solution | Projects in the left pane, check DrDobbsApp.Entities ( Figure 6) and click OK. This way, the ASP.NET Web API project can use the entities defined in the Portable Class Library.

  7. Figure 6: Adding the reference to the Portable Class Library in the ASP.NET Web API project.

  8. The ASP.NET Web API project includes two default controllers: HomeController and ValuesController. Add a new controller to the ASP.NET Web API project in the Controllers folder, as you do in classic ASP.NET MVC projects. Add a new GroupsController controller with the Empty API controller template (see Figure 7).

  9. Figure 7: The Add Controller dialog box allows you to select different templates tweaked for ASP.NET Web API project, such as the Empty API controller.

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