REST and Web services in WSDL 2.0

REST versus SOAP is one of those holy wars it doesn’t pay to get too passionate about. Each has its own merits, for example the simplicity of REST versus the transport neutrality of SOAP. It was therefore interesting to read a developerWorks article that describes how the HTTP binding in WSDL 2.0 enables REST-style interactions for Web services. As the author indicates, this support doesn’t let you do everything you could with a truly REST based service but it’s good to see the WS-* spec writers taking the move for simplicity on board.

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