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WS-I or RESTful Web Services: When, Where and Why

Published: 29 June 2011

ID: G00213743

Analyst(s): Ross Altman


When discussing service-oriented architecture and Web-oriented architecture, companies often forget that some developers simply want to write services and expose them on the Web. Which interface design approach do you use for these services, one based on REST or one based on the WS-I profiles?

Table Of Contents
  • Overview


  • What You Need to Know
  • Introduction
  • The Alternatives
    • Criteria
  • The Birth of Web Services
    • REST-Style Web Services
    • WS-I Web Services
  • The WS-I Profiles and Interoperability of Vendor Web Services Support
  • Ambiguity, Sharability and Reuse
  • Complexity
  • Deciding on a Style of Web Services
  • What Makes the REST Style Attractive?
  • Why Use the WS-I Style?

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