POSTing JSON to WCF REST Endpoint

I'm working on implementing PUT, POST, and DELETE for my service. But every time I try to send some json up to the server, get the error 'Cannot create an abstract class.' I generated my request data by running an instance of my object through a DataContractJsonSerializer, adding the __type field, and wrapping it in {"obj": mydata}.

I can run this back through a DataContractJsonSerializer that expects a BaseObj and it works fine:

{"__type":"RepositoryItem:http:\/\/objects\/","Insert_date":null,"Modified_date":null,"insert_by":null,"last_modify_user_id":null,"modified_by":null, "external_id":"1234","internal_id":54322,"school_id":45,"type_name":0, "vendor_id":57}

My service contract is decorated with a ServiceKnownType attribute with the RepositoryItem and BaseObj included in the list.

I'm POSTing using jquery

$.ajax({ type: "POST", url: "http://localhost/slnSDK/service.svc/create/repositoryitem.json?t=" + token, data: data, success: function(result) { $("#input").html(result); }, error: function(xhr, result, err) { $("#htmloutput").html(xhr.responseText); }, dataType: "json", contentType: "application/json" });

I have the following endpoint exposed:

<OperationContract(Action:=Api2Information.Namespace & "createJson")> _ <WebInvoke(Method:="POST", _ BodyStyle:=WebMessageBodyStyle.Bare, _ RequestFormat:=WebMessageFormat.Json, _ responseFormat:=WebMessageFormat.Json, _ UriTemplate:="/create/{objType}.json?t={token}")> _ Function createJson(ByVal objType As String, ByVal obj As BaseObj, ByVal token As String) As Integer

And the following objects (IBaseObj was omitted as it can be inferred by its implementor)

<DataContract(Namespace:="http://objects/")> _ Public Class RepositoryItem : Inherits BaseObj ' members backing properties have been omitted. Public Sub New() ... <DataMember()> _ Public Property type_name() As eType ... ' Override this to expose it as a property on the WebAPI <DataMember()> _ Public Overrides Property internal_id() As Integer? ... <DataMember()> _ Public Property external_id() As String ... <DataMember()> _ Public Property vendor_id() As Integer ... End Class <DataContract(Namespace:="http://objects/")> _ <Serializable()> _ Public MustInherit Class BaseObj : Implements IBaseObj ' members backing properties have been omitted. <DataMember()> _ Public Overridable Property insert_by() As String Implements IBaseObj.Insert_by ... <DataMember()> _ Public Overridable Property Insert_date() As Nullable(Of Date) Implements IBaseObj.Insert_date ... <DataMember()> _ Public Overridable Property modified_by() As String Implements IBaseObj.Modified_by ... <DataMember()> _ Public Overridable Property Modified_date() As Nullable(Of Date) Implements IBaseObj.Modified_date ... <DataMember()> _ Public Overridable Property last_modify_user_id() As Nullable(Of Integer) Implements IBaseObj.Last_modify_user_id ... End Class

Fiddler output from POST:

POST http://localhost/slnSDK/service.svc/create/repositoryitem.json?t= HTTP/1.1 Host: localhost Connection: keep-alive Referer: http://localhost/apitest.html Content-Length: 265 Origin: http://localhost X-Requested-With: XMLHttpRequest Content-Type: application/json Accept: application/json, text/javascript, */*; q=0.01 User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.1; en-US) AppleWebKit/534.7 (KHTML, like Gecko) RockMelt/ Chrome/7.0.517.44 Safari/534.7 Accept-Encoding: gzip,deflate,sdch Accept-Language: en-US,en;q=0.8 Accept-Charset: ISO-8859-1,utf-8;q=0.7,*;q=0.3 Cookie: ASP.NET_SessionId=ywyooz45mi3c4d55h4ld4bec; x=lHOtsYBHvS/fKE7JQWzFTw==; y=XhfNVfYYQynJrIZ/odWFOg== {"obj":{"__type":"RepositoryItem:http:\/\/objects\/","Insert_date":null,"Modified_date":null,"insert_by":null,"last_modify_user_id":null,"modified_by":null, "external_id":"1234","internal_id":54322,"school_id":45,"type_name":0, "vendor_id":57}}

Any help you can provide would be great. Thanks!


Good volume of info, but always a difficult one to debug remotely, a couple of tips:

<strong>removed fiddler tip (as I can see you are using it)</strong>

In your ajax post:

success: function(result) { $("#input").html(result); },

You should be using <strong>result.d</strong> to get the message contents.

success: function(result) { $("#input").html(result.d); },

The insert_by field is null in the debug message, from the fragment it doesn't look like null is acceptable (as String? instead of as String).


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