Build and deploy your REST Web API in no time, no code required? Since REST utilizes CRUD (Create, Retrieve, Update, and Delete), it is very easy to understand whether you are just starting out as a developer or have years of experience. It can be reused with different projects which saves time as well. It’s also very popular and according to Cloud Elements’ 2017 State of API Integration report, 83 percent of APIs now use REST. Here’s an article which goes into more depth but these are the highlights.
Another advantage of SOAP is that it offers built-in retry logic to compensate for failed communications. REST, on the other hand, doesn’t have a built-in messaging system. If a communication fails, the client has to deal with it by retrying. There’s also no standard set of rules for REST. This means that both parties (the service and the consumer) need to understand both content and context. At the end of the day, the best protocol is the one that makes the most sense for the organization, the types of clients that you need to support, and what you need in terms of flexibility.
If you need to develop a REST API for a database-driven application, it’s almost irresistible not to use the database tables as REST resources, the four HTTP methods as CRUD operations, and then simply expose your thinly-wrapped database as a REST API. The problem is that one of the foundations of the REST architecture is that the client-facing representation of a resource must be independent of the underlying implementation, and implementations details should definitely not be leaked to the client, which is all too easy with the database-driven approach. It’s also important to ask yourself if an almost raw database is the best interface you can offer your API users? I mean there is already a near-perfect language for doing CRUD operations on database tables, it’s called SQL… And you probably have some business logic on top of those tables that your API users would appreciate not having to re-implement in their own code. So how do you move beyond this database-oriented thinking and closer to a more RESTful design for your API?
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