API 101: SOAP vs. REST

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There’s a lot of talk within the application programming interface (API) industry about SOAP vs. REST that makes for a lively debate. Back in 2000, when the World Wide Web (WWW) was maturing and spreading across almost every sector, both approaches to developing APIs were also emerging. But while SOAP APIs quickly gained momentum with developers,…

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API 101: What Is a REST API?

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REpresentational State Transfer (REST) is a software architectural style that developers apply to web application programming interfaces (APIs). (Learn more fundamentals in our What Is an API? and What Is a SOAP API? posts.) REST APIs are the most common APIs used across the web today because the REST pattern provides simple, uniform interfaces. These…

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What Is a REST API? Examples, Uses, and Challenges

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Application programming interfaces (APIs). come in many shapes and sizes, which can make it pretty difficult for newcomers to understand what they are and how they can be used. At Postman we enjoy working with APIs. Seriously. We do. We believe APIs can be used for fun and business. To help illustrate how we see…

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