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Json Deserialization

Topics: Web Api
May 11, 2011 at 3:49 AM
Edited May 11, 2011 at 3:51 AM

I've got the following class:


public class EmailAdd {

  public string Email { get; set; }
  public bool Force { get; set; }


My method looks like:

[WebInvoke(UriTemplate = "", Method = "POST")]
public HttpResponseMessage<EmailAddResponse> AddEmail(HttpRequestMessage<EmailAdd> email) {


How come the following Json post fails:

{Email:"", Force: true}


But this works:

{"Email":"", "Force": true}


Do I really need to tell all the users to surround all property names with quotes? Why won't the JsonMediaTypeFormatter handle this correctly?

May 11, 2011 at 5:06 AM

According to, the first example you gave is not valid Javascript.  However, the second is.  

May 11, 2011 at 5:10 PM