I need to transfer pdf files from one application (written in C/C++) to another application (written in Java). I have the option of using SOAP or FTP....what is the best method for file transfer? the pro's and con's of each?
SOAP: + It goes through port 80 (assuming HTTP transport) so you can probably sneak past any existing firewalls on the way - It's most probably overkill to use SOAP for "just" transferring files - You need to include a web services engine into your application
FTP: + Dead simple + It's the standard protocol for transfering files + You can get away with very little coding - FTP is not sexy these days (I had to come up with something for the cons...)
Here is another con for FTP The only control you have over what the receiving party does with it is through the file location and name. With SOAP you have a whole XML message to communicate with. A hybrid of FTP to send the file efficiently followed by a SOAP message to say what to do with it would combine the best features. Bill