REST Eye for the SOA Guy

26 01 2007

Steve Vinoski: “A significant advantage of the uniform interface constraint lies in the area of scalability. For a client to correctly interact with a SOA service, it must understand the specifics of both that service’s interface contract and data contract. But for a client to invoke a REST service, it must understand only that service’s specific data contract: the interface contract is uniform for all services.”

This is an interesting article if you want to get a deeper understanding of the difference between the SOA and the REST application styles. I have to admit I wasn’t totally aware of the “uniform interface” aspect of REST, but now that I am, it just makes me like REST even more.

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