Web services are amongst the most confusing terms of digitalization. Most people stay confused about what exactly web services are. If you are one of those, then this blog post is for you. Have a look at what web services exactly mean.
Web services mean a platform that helps servers to communicate and respond to user requests over the internet. It acts as a medium between the user and the server during internet surfing or using a mobile application. Not only it enhances user experience, though it is beneficial for businesses as well.
Why businesses need web services?
With the evolution of digitalization, businesses are creating websites and mobile applications in different languages such as Java, .Net, Angular JS, and much more. All these languages need to communicate with servers over the internet for generating expected results. Here web services come into play. Web services facilitate businesses with a medium by which their websites or applications can communicate with servers. Along with that, it reduces latency, increases uptime, and boosts up the loading process.
Let’s explore the web services a bit more by understanding their types:
SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) is the primary type of web service. It establishes communication between users and the server by exchanging XML data. In SOAP web services, data files are transferred and received in XML documents via HTTP. XML files consist of credentials like sender, receiver, actual message, and other credentials for effective communication.
REST (Representational State Transfer) is the modern form of web services. As its name describes, it exchanges data in a representable and accessible form. REST web services feature faster response time and lesser communication gaps as compared to SOAP. That is the reason why it is widely used to build websites and mobile applications.