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Can a SOAP-based design be cachable?

 
Himai Minh
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In MZ's notes, it says "A RESTFul design may be appropriate when a caching infrastructure can be leveraged for performance..."
So, can SOAP-based design use a caching infrastructure as well?
 
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I think that sentence is misleading at best. While REST APIs can make use of existing HTTP caching mechanisms, that may or may not be a good reason to prefer REST over SOAP. It is unlikely to be the most important criterion when making the choice. Furthermore, HTTP-based caching is less prevalent than other forms of caching that can be used by both approaches.
 
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According to this IBM site:
http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/wsdoc400/v6r0/index.jsp?topic=/com.ibm.websphere.iseries.doc/info/ae/ae/rdyn_webservicescaching.html

Some SOAP response can be cached as long as the data in the response is still current.
 
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