Using Web API with Entity Framework to create data (sample)

This article is the extension of Using Web API with Entity Framework to retrieve data sample (

1. Open ValuesController.cs file under the Controllers folder in Solution Explorer.

2. Replace the entire Post(String value) method with the following code.

// POST api/values

public void Post(Book value)


  Book book = value;


  northwindEntities context = new northwindEntities();

  Product product = new Product();


  product.ProductName = book.title;





3. Open Index.cshtml file under the Views \ Home folder in Solution Explorer.

4. Replace the entire file with the following code.








    <scripttype=”text/javascript”>        //this gets JSON data from an url   

        // and execute any waiting functions

        $(Document).ready(function () {



            var book = {

                title: “WebForm”




                url: ‘api/Values’,

                type: ‘POST’,

                contentType: ‘application/json; charset=utf-8’,

                data: JSON.stringify(book),

                statusCode: {

                    201 /*Created*/: function (data) {















Download the complete code from The sample file name is My MSN ID is

NOTE: This sample DOES NOT WORK only in VS 2012 Update 2 but it works with VS 2012 Update 1 and VS 2013 Preview as I have tested.


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Since March 2011 Microsoft Live Spaces migrated to Wordpress ( till now, I have is over 1 million viewers. This blog is about more than 50% telling you how to resolve error messages, especial for Microsoft products. The blog also has a lot of guidance teaching you how to get stated certain Microsoft technologies. The blog also uses as a help to keep my memory. The blog is never meant to give people consulting services or silver bullet solutions. It is a contribution to the community. Thanks for your support over the years. Ming Man is Microsoft MVP since year 2006. He is a software development manager for a multinational company. With 25 years of experience in the IT field, he has developed system using Clipper, COBOL, VB5, VB6, VB.NET, Java and C #. He has been using Visual Studio (.NET) since the Beta back in year 2000. He and the team have developed many projects using .NET platform such as SCM, and HR based applications. He is familiar with the N-Tier design of business application and is also an expert with database experience in MS SQL, Oracle and AS 400.
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