We all know REST services, right? And REST services work with JSON, right? Well, …, not exactly. Web services based on SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) inherently use XML as payload of request and response messages. That is because SOAP is defined as an XML based standard. Where the service is elaborately defined in a service contract using WSDL (Web Service Definition Language).

SOAP Webservices normally use HTTP as a transport, although there are examples of SOAP over JMS. Despite of the word Simple in the acronym, SOAP is considered to be complex. At least for mobile devices.

Nowadays, REST…

Martien van den Akker

Integration Specialist and technical architect at Virtual Sciences | Conclusion

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