API stands for Application programming interface. API is a piece of software in which communication and data exchange from one application to another. It’s a middle layer between database and user interface.
When talking about API architectures, it’s common to compare SOAP vs. REST, two of the most common API paradigms. SOAP is a protocol, and REST is an architectural style. REST APIs access a resource for data (a URI); SOAP APIs perform an operation.
The most widely popular tool for API testing in the world, SoapUI allows you to test REST and SOAP APIs with ease – as it has been built specifically for API testing.
PROS AND CONS OF SOAP:
SOAP is a great tool to have when working with multiple extensions is the aim. It makes creating highly functional apps a little strenuous task.
SOAP is a protocol-neutral protocol and can be accessed easily via HTTP, SMTP, TCP, and many other kinds of application protocols. This also means a wide range of users can bring it into practice.
It serves as a comprehensive resource to learn about API consumption. It makes API development a seamless experience.
It uses XML for payload data transfer. XML takes longer than usual time for this job
SOAP has complicated syntax. It can only work with XML
It doesn’t bank upon any other client-server context for information storing. Because of this, it speeds up the entire process.
APIs developed using REST are highly flexible and can collect the server data in multiple formats.
In REST, responses are catchable.
REST-based applications are also very cramped to the HTTP Protocol which restricts them.
REST is easy to work with at every front.
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