Web services are software systems designed to support interoperable machine-to-machine interaction over a network.

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What is a web API? (Application Programming Interface)

What is a web Application Programming Interface? Many common sites provide APIs. Why are they needed, and what function do they provide? How does one access a web API?
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WCF, Net.Tcp endpoint, code-first [migrated]

I have a WCF service, this service works perfectly well on a WSHttp endpoint, running as a Windows service under ServiceHost. However I want to move to a TCP endpoint, because of scalability. For the ...
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Masterless Service Discovery w/ Docker [closed]

Why not use an existing solution/NIH syndrome issue? I'd be happy with an answer that perfectly fulfilled my design goals. To do so, it would have to be backed by Cassandra or Redis. [I use ...
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PHP or Python for a webservice? [closed]

I did a REST webservice with Python. As I need to expand it, I'm wondering if Python is really the best choice. My team is working on both PHP and Python. Is one better than the other in terms of ...
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Entity Framework vs. Web Services [closed]

I was curious as to what the benefits of using the Entity Framework to communicate with a database directly would be versus using web services to access data. Some background: I currently work in a ...
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Is there are problem holding large numbers of open socket connections for lengthy periods of time?

The application we have in mind is a relay server. The aim is to accept large numbers of incoming socket connections (at least thousands) that will stay open for lengthy periods (hours or maybe days). ...
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Intermittent flickering on mouse move [closed]

We have an internal website that is written in javascript and jquery and is only used in with ie8. Everything is fine but after a certain time, screen flickering starts to occur when the mouse ...
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To use or not to use a backing app for website?

By suggestion in comments, I'll try to rephrase my question to better reflect my problem: I have to present users (few at first, as many as possible later) with a website. There they will be able to ...
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Web Services exposed by url [closed]

Lets take some random internet site which i am not aware of any API it exposes for it's web services if there are any , is there a way to query that URL for exposed web services ?
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What kind of webservice can be called with just a browser url?

Can a webservice be written in such a way that it can be called via just a browser url? For eg. if the webservice is called GetStockQuote, then it should be callable by the following url on the ...
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Building a webservice with mvc [closed]

I'am planning my website over here based on MVC. And I am thinking about a webservice (who knows, maybe one day I'll create an android app or something). The site and the webservice will behave ...
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What could be used to get data from server to android as fast as it reaches server?

What is the best way to get data from server as fast as it gets to it? (Like instant message, or simple broadcast for example). I first thought about using miniature web server in android and get ...
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What is needed write an interface to Microsoft Dynamics GP web services?

We've went ahead and purchased Microsoft Dynamics (see edit history for why) in order to write 2 functions to interact with one tiny part of it to fulfill one big need. What I want to know is, from ...
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How do I authenticate users from facebook/twitter?

I need to build a site for a mobile app that allows users to sign in with facebook/twitter or sign up as a new user (traditional username/password). No matter which method the user chooses, they ...
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Corporate website design [closed]

We are redesigning our corporate website with the following functions: we want to give the marketing users flexibility and freedom to add new static pages, change the static pages or contents of ...
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How to enrich a simple two endpoint SOAP application to become enterprise level?

Imagine you have some exchange of data between two endpoints (webservices or let's call URL). Data can travel in any way (Xml, Json, GET, POST) it doesn't matter. I've got the source code of the ...
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High-Level SQL Interoperability

In a server -> client scenario, wouldn't it be simpler and faster to grant a public user access to a Stored Procedure rather than using web services (XML, REST, SOAP, etc) and other interoperable ...
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Translate soap input of one web service into input of another

We need to support a legacy web service using a new web service implementation. At a given time the old input as well as new input should work. So here is what we need to achieve Old SOAP input ...
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iOS chat application design, sending/relaying the message over to the end user

I have a design question. Let us say you were tasked with building a chat application, specifically for iOS (iOS Chat Application). For simplicity let us say you can only chat with one person at a ...
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Webservics: Rationale behind portType and binding in wsdl

In a wsdl we define the operation name, input and output in the portType element; later on in binding we define operation, input and output again. What is the rationale behind this? why define them ...
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Web Routing Standards

We are putting together an API to provide our vendors some simplistic direct access. I've built APIs before, and have always routed them as such: {controller}/{action}/{id} My boss, however doesn't ...
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Security concern regarding web service

I'm currently working on a pet project with two of my buddies. This web service will basic functionality such as Login/Password Modification/Registration etc. All of us are comfortable with jQuery ...
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Webservice Design: benefits of piping use-cases to URL rather than using search param's, or vice versa?

I've gotta build a webservice for employee information, and I'm trying to plan it out. To clarify, we already have a REST-ish service for People and a separate REST-ish service for Companies. This ...
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Creating REST-ful web-services without adhering to the REST principles

I have built an application which acts as an interface between an EAI layer and third party vendor applications. I am using REST-ful web services for this, making use of JAX-RS API and Jersey ...
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Best approach for propagating errors in service access layer of a multiplatform mobile app

We've started working on a mobile app using Xamarin. There's a core library that is to be shared among Android and iOS apps. In the core library there will be several functions for communicating with ...
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How to isolate a massive and changeable web service [duplicate]

I am trying to come up with a way to wrap a very large web service that changes very frequently. There are 400+ types and each type has 20 to 300 attributes. The service is a SalesForce.com ...
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How to provide data to a web server using a data warehouse?

We have data stored in a data warehouse as follows: Price Date Product Name (varchar(25)) We currently only have seven products. Once every business day, seven new data points are added ...
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Payment Gateways and RESTful API

I have a RESTful API that offers eCommerce functionality. One area I'm struggling to decide on the correct implementation is how to process payments. Lets say I have the following URI GET ...
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Service Design approach - one generic operation, and its implications

The hot topic in our organization is Service Design Approach. First Approach - The team wants to design services which essentially have one operation, can take any XML and return response XML ...
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A Web Service to collect data from local servers every hour

I'm trying to find a way to collect data from different servers around the world. Here are the details: There is only one single PowerShell script on servers that encrypts data (simple csv file) and ...
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Invoking a web service in a Web API Project…in which layer to invoke?

I am using Microsoft ASP.NET Web API 2 and one of my end points has to internally invoke a legacy non-Microsoft web service (not asmx or svc) . Which layer should I invoke this in? I currently have ...
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Kerberos web authentication

I'v developed an internal singe-page web-app (unix, apache & postgresql) protected by a simple login page. Currently, the users have their own login role with a password. This is starting to get ...
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Session management in a Service Oriented Architecture

Where should you manage a users session in a SOA? Should you manage it in the Web Service or in the client and why? My application is SPA (Considering that this will be the stacked that will be used ...
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Is it OK to use email as an identifier in a RESTful URI?

I'm working with a team building a RESTful web service, and our current implementation utilizes the user's email as a unique identifier for the user resource, yielding URIs like the following: ...
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eCommerce use case: removing a product

I am starting to design the database schema for the eCommerce element of a web service I am creating. The thing I'm trying to get my head around is how to deal with the use case of a seller (user of ...
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Providing an agnostic authorization system

I'm trying to design a small web platform that would host several "applications", with a common user pool. My reflection is now focused on the authorization system. I define an application as an ...
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Entity Framework Entities - Some Data From Web Service - Best Architecture?

We are currently using Entity Framework as an ORM across a few web applications, and until now, it has suited us well as all our data is stored in a single database. We are using the repository ...
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How do I make multiple calls to a web service without taxing that service heavily? Scaling question

is there a good pattern for how to send multiple calls to a web service but without taxing it and ensuring the data is sent back? I don't know enough to correctly describe the problem to even start ...
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Is it best practice to create a back door for testing a web service?

We have a public RESTful web service which exposes functionality to third parties. We are writing automated tests against it. In order to set up all scenarios on it we need to change the data behind ...
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What is the most elegant way to handle a loop between two systems integrated remotely by webhook events?

So I'm developing this small engine that does a remote integration between two systems in order to sync data, both systems have webhooks for create & update events, and both have APIs (one is REST ...
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What could be the Model Layer when consuming Web-Services and no Database in Django?

I'm using Django as an application framework and it only needs to consume web services (no need to have traditional Django Models and the related ORM). In this case, since Django is a variant on the ...
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Highly available web service design?

I was wondering if any design gurus out there could help me understand how large web companies design their services to be highly available. The scenario I'm thinking of is: Client A connects to ...
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Multiple APIs, or one API with a “chooser” parameter?

Say you have a web service, which adds business logic on top of a data source. What each API of this service pretty much looks like is - given a set of constraints, give me the items from the data ...
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Connecting a native iOS app to backend and database

I have a good amount of experience working with objective-C and making iOS apps that work locally and with BaaS providers (Parse.com). However, I'd like to take my mobile development to the next level ...
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WCF or ASMX WebService [closed]

I have been asked to create a web service that communicates with Auth.NET CIM and Shipsurance API. My web service will be used by multiple applications (one a desktop and another a web application). ...
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Desktop GUI Client - Remote RDBMS communication

Sorry if I am asking a trivial question but I have been searching for a while without any luck. I need to design a system and I am looking for advice on the technology that should be used. The layout ...
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Is a Mission Oriented Architecture (MOA) a better way to describe things than SOA?

I might sound like a troll, but I would like to seriously understand this deeper. The place I work at has started to use the term MOA, versus SOA as we believe it drives more clarity and want to ...
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Web Services and code lists

Our team heavily discuss the issues how to handle code list in a web service definition. The design goal is to describe a provider API to query a system using various values. Some of them are catalogs ...
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How to build an API on top of an existing Rails app with NodeJs and what architecture to use? [closed]

The explanation I was recently hired by a company that has an old RoR 2.3 application with more than 100k users, a strong SEO strategy with more than 170k indexed urls, native android and ios ...
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Session in RESTful web services, how it works?

In a web services, how does the server know which request belongs to which session? I know that for a web application, the web server inspects the cookie (or the sessonId query parameter in case ...