Published: Nov 30 2012 / 09:50
It's direct presentation of product with no arguments or even samples (in code) why SOAP would be harder than REST. In fact both are related more or less to HTTP.
Well, comparing a good REST API with any SOAP service layer doesn't seems fair: I mean, it is just as easy to simply add a SOAP layer over an existing service layer as it is to expose it through REST-like interfaces (i.e. using a lightweight layer instead of SOAP). What's difficult in a good REST architecture is to completely review the service layer to turn it from a procedure oriented architecture (which can be created with SOAP or other means) into a resource oriented one, which usually means totally rewriting the service layer.
Its actually the opposite: It is DIFFICULT to create SOAP Web Services, but EASY to consume them.
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