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RESTful Java Patterns and Best Practices by Bhakti Mehta

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Chapter 1. REST – Where It Begins

Web services in the traditional SOA formats have been around for a long time to implement heterogeneous communication between applications. One way to support this kind of communication is to use the Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP)/Web Services Description Language (WSDL) approach. SOAP/WSDL is an XML-based standard and works well when there is a strict contract between the services. We are now in the era of distributed services where different clients from the Web, mobile, as well as other services (internal or external), can make use of APIs exposed by different vendors and open source platforms. This requirement enforces the need for easier exchange of information between distributed services along with ...

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