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Friday, August 20, 2010

REST vs SOAP Web Services

REST vs SOAP Web Services ,



SAOP RESTful Web Services
SOAP RPC over HTTP, on the other hand, encourages
each application designer to define a new and arbitrary
vocabulary of nouns and verbs (for example getUsers(),
savePurchaseOrder(...)), usually overlaid onto the HTTP 'POST' verb.
This disregards many of HTTP's existing capabilities such as authentication, caching, content type negotiation, etc.
and may leave the application designer re-inventing many of these features within the new vocabulary.
Examples of doing so may include the addition of methods such as getNewUsersSince(Date date), savePurchaseOrder(string customerLogon, string password, ...).
HTTP, for example, has a very rich
vocabulary in terms of verbs (or 'methods'),
URIs, Internet media types, request and response codes etc. REST uses these existing
features of the HTTP protocol, and thus
allows existing layered proxy and gateway components to perform additional functions on the network
such as HTTP caching and security enforcement. An abbreviated list of claimed REST Examples is available.

Heavy weight
Light weight ,Much simpler to develop than SOAP
SOAP is really a protocol for XML-based distributed computingREST adheres much more closely to a bare metal, web-based design
XML-RPC,Web Services began life as CORBA-over-HTTP
No vendor-lockin at the infrastructure level

REST/HTTP has “simplicity” and (relative) ease of
WSDL Defination
REST has no WSDL interface definition
SOAP can be over any transport protocols such HTTP, FTP, STMP, JMS etc.
. REST is over HTTP
SOAP is using soap envelopeREST is just XML

HTTP is an application-level protocol that defines operations for transferring representations between clients and servers. In this protocol, methods such as GET, POST, PUT, and DELETE are operations on resources. This protocol eliminates the need for you to invent application-specific operations such as createOrder, getStatus, updateStatus, etc. How much you can benefit from the HTTP infrastructure largely depends on how well you can use HTTP as an application-level protocol. However, a number of techniques including SOAP and some Ajax web frameworks use HTTP as a protocol to transport messages. Such usage makes poor use of HTTP-level infrastructure


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  1. REST is just XML. Ummm, so is SOAP. The SOAP wrapper is XML. "Relative" ease of use is right on the money. With the right tools, in my opinion, SOAP is much easier to implement than REST and shields the developer from any of the "plumbing" required to make method calls. True, REST is bare metal http, but whether it's objective to say that's better is a matter of opinion. The REST services I've tried to connect to tend to be lacking in standards in my opinion and seem to be pretty "loosey goosey" in their implementation. However, that's my experience dealing with custom integration. I'm sure commercial vendors are much better at adhering to some accepted standards.

  2. I should clarify, I've never had to deal with a SOAP wrapper in code. Register the wsdl and voila, you're done. If you're using notepad to write code, I guess this could be an issue.