I recently had a conversation with someone who was giving me careers advice (I'm unemployed but looking to get into android development or maybe a junior java role). He asked me whether I knew XML which I had some familiarity with from android programming. Then he asked me if I had heard of or used SOAP or REST, which I didn't. He was quite shocked that they did not teach this at university.
Yesterday I went through a nice tutorial which explained how to use web service to get a country name from the IP address using SOAP protocol. My question to you guys is in the thread title. If I were to apply for a java job (I know it depends on the job) that required me to understand SOAP and/or REST, what kind of tasks would I be expected to perform and how difficult can it get?
Are web services normally free? I guess I don't quite have a full understanding of where web services are used. I imagined that all big companies (McDonalds, Tesco, Pizza Hut) would have a link somewhere on the website that would provide for web services. For example a service that with give all store locations and opening times.
Lastly, so I have a better complete understanding and can ponder over this in my head... can someone give me an example of apps that may use SOAP/REST. All I can think of is live currency converter.
There's no "normally" for WS - they come in all kinds of shapes: free vs. commercial, public vs. company-internal, authenticated vs. unauthenticated, etc. Some companies make stuff available, others don't.
If you're interested in mobile development, then you will hardly be able to get around dealing with WS (usually REST) - most apps access some server or other for doing their job, whether it's social networking apps, weather apps, currency converters, etc. They all access WS to do those tasks.
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Historically speaking, as XML became better known, many people felt that SOAP would come to dominate web services. This has not happened because SOAP is way way over complicated for simple web service operations. SOAP ends up being used for services where security / authentication is most important.
Take Ulf's advice and browse some articles linked in the FAQ.
Thanks for the links guys. I'll have a look at them now.
Ulf Dittmer wrote:If you're interested in mobile development, then you will hardly be able to get around dealing with WS (usually REST)
Hello I just wondered if you were meant to say "hardly be able to get around without dealing with WS". I'm not being a grammar nazi or anything it's just that I'll take the advice differently depending on what you meant.
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No, I meant what I said; maybe it's an expression you're not familiar with. It means that you will need to deal with WS if you're serious about mobile development.