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What is REST vs. SOAP?

"I've heard that comparing REST vs. SOAP is like comparing Apples to Oranges, do you agree/disagree and why?"

I've heard that comparing REST vs. SOAP is like comparing Apples to Oranges, do you agree/disagree and why?

Comparing REST to SOAP is like comparing cars to tires. REST is an architectural style. SOAP is a messaging protocol. REST applications can use SOAP. The W3C SOAP 1.2 Recommendation was specifically designed to support RESTful applications.

This was last published in April 2005

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