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For a project I get data in json format and all CRUD is also in json.
When deleting a record I need code like this:
	"Id": "1000"

This is correct json. In Postman it works fine.

In my code I use code like this:
HttpClient client = new HttpClient();
client.BaseAddress = new Uri(url);
byte[] cred = UTF8Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes("username:password");
client.DefaultRequestHeaders.Authorization = new AuthenticationHeaderValue("Basic", Convert.ToBase64String(cred));
client.DefaultRequestHeaders.Accept.Add(new MediaTypeWithQualityHeaderValue("application/json"));

HttpContent content = new StringContent(data, UTF8Encoding.UTF8, "application/json");
HttpResponseMessage responseMessage = client.PostAsync(url, content).Result;

return responseMessage.ToString();

But my content changes everytime.
	"Id": "1000"

	Id: "1000"

It loses the double quotes in some way and so it returns a 204 and no record is deleted.

I'm struggeling to find out how to solve this.

What I have tried:

I have tried alle kind of string manipulations but either I end up with no double quotes or two double quotes

	""Id"": "1000"
Updated 26-Nov-17 7:02am
Graeme_Grant 5-Nov-17 16:54pm    
How are you creating the JSON data?
Wiep Corbier 5-Nov-17 17:02pm    
like this:

string data = @"[{" + "\"" + propertyName + "\"" + ": " + "\"" + @"" + value + "\"}]";

One of the problems to me is the [ and ] in this case.

Maybe I just need completely different code.

BTW: I'm doing .NET and the receiving end is PHP.
They say that api's are made for making life easier, but if everyody does it in a different way, the easy part is gone :-)
Graeme_Grant 5-Nov-17 17:26pm    
Firstly, you don't use verbatim strings for plain strings, so you can drop the @s (read more here: string (C# Reference) | Microsoft Docs[^]). Verbatim strings is only if you don't want to use escaped strings like "\"" - verbatim would be @"""".

For JSON data you should use JSON serialization. You can read more about them in this article: Working with JSON in C# & VB[^]

Your JSON that is hard-coded looks fine. What makes you think that it is not?
Wiep Corbier 6-Nov-17 2:22am    
Hi, The problem is: with or without the "@"

Second my biggest problem in coding is: get people to understand my question, although I think I explain it in a way people understand it. But no :-)

When I create a string like:
"Id": "1000"

in Visual Studio I can check what this is:
with the TEXT Visualizer it is:
[{"Id": "4"}]
with the XML Visualizer there is:
in HTML Visualizer there is:
[{"Id": "4"}]

In JSON Visualizer there is:
> [JSON]
> [0]
> Id: "4"

So, the " are gone and it results in 'no delete'. (204)

I can not make it much more clear.

Graeme_Grant 6-Nov-17 2:47am    
You are looking too hard at it. Each visualizer does it differently.

install Fiddler[^], run and peek at the traffic. There you will see what is actually sent. Alternatively, write it to a text file and open in NotePad.

1 solution

Found a solution. Mind you, had nothing to do with Postman or Fiddler. This is what I mean by: my code doesn't work, I need code that does.
(but G-G, thanks for the effort and time. :-) )

HttpWebRequest request = (HttpWebRequest)WebRequest.Create(url);
            request.Method = "DELETE";
            request.ContentType = "application/json";
            request.Accept = "application/json";

            using (var streamWriter = new StreamWriter(request.GetRequestStream()))

            using (var httpResponse = (HttpWebResponse)request.GetResponse()) { message = httpResponse.StatusCode.ToString(); }
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Graeme_Grant 26-Nov-17 21:17pm    
Ah, so I was right, you needed to use DeleteAsync and not PostAsync ... Glad that it is sorted.
Wiep Corbier 27-Nov-17 0:20am    
No, in previous code DeleteAsync doesn't work. I'm not stupid.
Graeme_Grant 27-Nov-17 1:13am    
DeleteAsync adds request.Method = "DELETE";. You were using PostAsync which adds request.Method = "POST";.
Wiep Corbier 27-Nov-17 1:18am    
I know that in the code it says PostAsync, but I tried DeleteAsync also. I tried many things, it didn't work. That's why I posted the problem here. But. I also posted the solution and i want to leave it by that. Thanks again.

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