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Developing Enterprise Web Services: An Architect's Guide by James Webber - Ph.D., Sandeep Chatterjee - Ph.D.

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SOAP, Web Services, and the REST Architecture

The World Wide Web (WWW) is unquestionably the largest and, by implication, the most scalable distributed system ever built. Though its original goal of simple content delivery was modest, the way that the Web has scaled is nothing short of miraculous.

Given the success of the Web, there is a body of opinion involved in designing the fundamental Web services architecture (that includes the SOAP specification) for which the means to achieving the same level of application scalability through Web services mirrors that of content scalability in the WWW.

The members of this group are proponents of the REST (REpresentational State Transfer) architecture, which it is claimed is “Web-Friendly.” The REST ...

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