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Web APIs ... an Introduction





bluffmango
Web APIs are the other essential component under the web services umbrella. Like web feeds, they are provided in a clearly defined manner by many of the top web-aware firms. The primary difference between web APIs and web services is the level of interaction available feeds are relatively static; you get one page, and it's the same page everyone else gets. APIs, on the other hand, are entire programs, ready to provide information, ship products, or query databases, all depending on your request. From an object-oriented (OO) standpoint, dealing with an API is much like dealing with a class. It receives your request, and then, based entirely on the information you gave it (it cannot come back and request information), it returns a result.

Poul Reynhmir

Although numerous APIs are used today, the two most popular are Representational State Transfer (REST), uses long GET requests to indicate exactly what action is desired. Requests performed using REST look identical to the request seen after filling out a form that uses the GET method, and you can in fact perform REST requests in that exact manner. The second, Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) posts XML objects to the server and receives a similarly fashioned XML object as a response

I would like to know whether anyone of you has ever tried an API from the kinds mentioned above,if yes which one do you think is the best performing.

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