What is an API?

  • PUT to change the state of or update a resource, which can be an object, file or block;
  • POST to create that resource; and
  • DELETE to remove it.
  • application/xml
  • application/x-wbe+xml
  • multipart/form-data
  • REST APIs uses multiple standards like HTTP, JSON, URL, and XML while SOAP APIs is largely based on HTTP and XML.
  • As REST API deploys multiple standards, so it takes fewer resources and bandwidth as compared to SOAP that uses XML for the creation of Payload and results in the large sized file.
  • SOAP API defines too many standards, and its implementer implements the things in a standard way only. In the case of miscommunication from service, the result will be the error. REST API, on the other hand, don’t make emphasis on too many standards and results in corrupt API in the end.
  • REST API uses Web Application Description Language, and SOAP API used Web Services Description language for describing the functionalities being offered by web services.
  • REST APIs are more convenient with JavaScript and can be implemented easily as well. SOAP APIs are also convenient with JavaScript but don’t support for greater implementation.

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