Where do you stand on the Web services architecture debate – REST vs. SOAP. Do you think that Web Services is the same thing as middleware?


Les Barbusinski’s Answer: REST can best be described as an architecture or style, while SOAP is a protocol…plain and simple. The two are not the same thing, and really shouldn’t be compared against each other. As for Web services being middleware, I’m not sure I agree. Middleware is most often used in the context of shuttling data between disparate platforms (e.g. gateways, MOM, etc.). I see Web services as being more method-oriented, i.e., exposing functions to applications that execute on disparate platforms.

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