SOAP vs. REST: Complements or Competitors?
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
ESRI, a leading firm in geographic information systems (GIS) software, invited me to keynote their developer conference last month. I spoke about SOAP and REST, something that's relevant to most people building software today.
ESRI has posted a slightly edited video of the talk
, along with a PDF of the slides
. There's a bit of ESRI-specific content, but for the most part, the presentation is a general look at SOAP and REST.
The talk runs for more than an hour, so here's the punchline: Exposing services RESTfully is a better choice in a majority of situations, especially over the Internet. SOAP and the WS-* technologies still have some role, however, particularly inside enterprises.