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differences bertween Soap and rest, restrictiveness, intermidiate servers

 
John Nasios
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hey everybody,
i would like someone to explain me a little bit what do we mean when we say "Soap is restrictive, while rest is not" and "soap gets manipulated by intermediate servers while rest is not". In simple english please

Thank you a lot

Dazed and confused :s
 
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The Web Services FAQ here at the ranch has discussions at various levels of detail.

A short explanation - SOAP is a detailed protocol based on messaging and XML and is NOT restricted to web based message passing.
The SOAP standard provides for passing a message through intermediate servers for various purposes.

REST is an architectural style using only HTTP defined methods and supports any kind of resource.

Bill
 
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actually, i am asking for explanation concerning your own reply to another thread:

http://www.coderanch.com/t/528763/Web-Services/java/Difference-between-Rest-SOAP

when it comes to soap, i said restrictive, not restricted

I searched the faq, but didn't manage to find an answer to my question... If you had the kindness to check your reply to the other thread and make a clearer explanation, i would be most gratefull.
 
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Friend, my words of 2011 were as clear as I could get them, but I will try different wording.

SOAP messages must abide by the SOAP XML standard which is very detailed - thus you are restricted to format and contents that fit that standard.

If you would explain your interpretation of "restrictive not restricted" more clearly perhaps we can zero in on the explanation you need.

Bill


 
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