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Wednesday, September 22, 2004

REST and SOA

Mark Baker writes...

Gartner's claim that REST proponents rag on SOAP is backwards; we like SOAP, mostly. We just don't like SOA.
I consider myself a REST convert, to the extent I think I understand it and its incarnation in HTTP. Though I don't understand the position above. Is there even a concrete definition of SOA with which to make this statement?

I thought SOA was a fairly innocuous term, being so vaguely defined that an SOA could be built using REST and HTTP.

1 comment:

Radovan Janecek said...

Bingo - both correct observation. There is no formal definition of SOA. And SOA can be implemented using HTTP. Building SOA on WS-* is easier though.

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