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sarmaP lolla
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Hi Craig,

I have been looking around for updates on web services. I see the Spring web services, Soap web services and also RESTFUL web services. Did you book cover which ones should we use under what circumstances? Are soap and RESTFUL web services are getting outdated? what is the future of Spring web services? Can you please explain us?

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Craig Walls
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sarmaP lolla wrote:I have been looking around for updates on web services. I see the Spring web services, Soap web services and also RESTFUL web services. Did you book cover which ones should we use under what circumstances? Are soap and RESTFUL web services are getting outdated? what is the future of Spring web services? Can you please explain us?


The book does cover SOAP-based web services, but this edition does not cover Spring-WS. The Spring universe has expanded greatly and it's simply not possible to write a single volume to cover it all. I had to carefully choose what went into this 3rd edition and although I like Spring-WS, it didn't make the cut.

Regarding the question of REST vs. SOAP, I won't say that SOAP is outdated and that REST is the one true way to go. But I can say that I have found working with REST far more enjoyable than working with SOAP-based web services. Architecturally, it's just cleaner. But I'm sure that there'll be a need for SOAP-based web services for a long while to come, so it's still worthwhile to know how to work with them in Spring.

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