What is the difference between REST API and SOAP API?

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asked Nov 27, 2015 in Developer by bukolasf (400 points)

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answered Dec 3, 2015 by darsh (3,020 points)

SOAP stands for Simple Object Access Protocol. REST stands for REpresentational State Transfer.
SOAP is a XML based messaging protocol and REST is not a protocol but an architectural style.
SOAP has a standard specification but there is none for REST.
Whole of the web works based on REST style architecture. Consider a shared resource repository and consumers access the resources.
Even SOAP based web services can be implemented in RESTful style. REST is a concept that does not tie with any protocols.
SOAP is distributed computing style and REST is web style (web is also a distributed computing model).
REST messages should be self-contained and should help consumer in controlling the interaction between provider and consumer(example, links in message to decide the next course of action). But SOAP doesn’t has any such requirements.

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