There are different services available for communication between client and server. Two of them are widely used, i.e., REST and SOAP APIs. Both services have a client that requests data and a server that responds.
Before we go into the differences between these two services, let’s understand what they are first.
REST API is one of the most common types of API. REST APIs allow you to perform CRUD (create, read, update, and delete) operations between a client and a server. It connects your backend with your frontend so they can communicate with each other.
SOAP API is another kind of web service that allows communication between client and server. Any web service that complies with the SOAP web services specification is a SOAP web service. The W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) is behind these specifications.
There are several differences between REST and SOAP APIs because the entire architecture is different.
Here are how SOAP API is different from the REST API:
Now here are how REST API is different from the SOAP API: