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

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What are the deciding factors in choosing to expose a web service as a SOAP or REST service?

As far as I can see consuming SOAP requires a SOAP stack, so it is harder for your clients to consume i.e. they need to ensure that they have a SOAP stack in place that formats the POST data and the ...
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Authenticating users across multiple web services

User details (name, address, etc) are stored across multiple sites that are vendor specific. For example, vendor A holds information concerning room bookings while vendor B holds information specific ...
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Should back-end (services) and front-end be different projects? [on hold]

As the title asks, is it a good idea to have separated projects (and repositories) for the back-end and the front-end of the application or website? It seems like a good idea, but then again I don't ...
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How to protect a public tracking API?

Let's say company X has websites A, B, and C. It would like to track how people are visiting them in ways that Google's Analytics and other services can't. So we company X provides a web API to track ...
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Exception versus return code in DAO pattern

After reading a lot about the abusive use of exceptions in Java and how you should let an exception bubble up through the different layers of an application, I've come to a point where I don't know ...
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Securing service calls

I have a ServiceCallContext object that must be passed in as the first parameter of any service call. I would like to put a User object on the context object but I know I can't force the caller to ...
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Where is DataContract in Java SOAP based web services? [closed]

I was a .NET developer who had recently started working in Java. I am learning JAX-WS i.e., SOAP based Java web services. I want to know how to serialize a Data class in case of SOAP communication? In ...
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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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RESTful basic http atuhentication credentials

I am currently working on web application which has front-end, and back-end. Back-end has RESTful architecture, or something that looks like RESTful to me (this is my first attempt to make something ...
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Data Type of file_get_contents of php in java [migrated]

I am trying to upload an image to the database with blob datatype. I use web-service method addProfilePic that store the blob data to the database with my Codeigniter project. I retrieve the image ...
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RESTful Backend - How coupled should my back end and front end be?

I'm creating a web application with a front end client written in angular as well as a back end that I'm writing in Django (there are reasons I picked the frameworks but they are irrelevant to my ...
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Web API alternatives to save a file to server's file system

We have a SQL Server 2012 Enterprise edition and an ASP.NET Web API 2.2 web service. The web API is the public interface for the database. We need to end a production order doing: Changing a value ...
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Turn off printouts in bottle server [migrated]

I am running a web server with the bottle package I got from bottlepy.org. I start the server with run(host=localhost, port=8080, debug=False) But the server keeps printing information on the ...
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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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How to handle authentication to web service from mobile?

I'm making a mobile application, and I use JSON Web Token Authentication (JWT Auth), but I have three questions about: Should I use refresh-tokens or non-expiring access tokens? In case I use ...
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What is really a resource?

I'm starting to study about web api's and REST and I'm having a hard time to understand what is really a resource. Basically the book I'm reading says that a resource is a conceptual mapping to one or ...
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Image uploads - preoptimize with CDN or host on same machine?

I'm working on a personal blog that will be used for reviewing various goods/services and as a dev journal. I'm writing this in Angularjs and Nodejs as a learning experience, but I plan on using it ...
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Pattern for checking online service availability

I'm not sure that this is entirely on-topic, but I'll try to make it so. I have an online service (API) and an Android application that uses it for all actions in the app. At the current moment, ...
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Design Pattern to parse array of objects

What is considered a good practice to parse an array of objects returned by an API? I am creating a RESTfull web service and a client which is meant to work with this service. One of my REST ...
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SOA principles, encapsulation and autonomy

We are developing multiple web services in C# using WCF, but we´re new doing it. So, for what we have read and learnt, this is our approach: We have a class library that we called CommonLibrary ...
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Integration between services in a SOA

Assume we have a Bounded Context for Inventory (InventoryBC) and another one for Shipments (ShipmentsBC). These 2 BCs need to communicate together. They are hosted on 2 different services on different ...
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Saving to file before storing into a database in a REST service

A mobile back-end I am building should receive a larger amount of data (some sensor recordings) from an Android phone. The phone does not have much use of it so it was most efficient to store the data ...
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.NET WCF: Persistent connection or Open/Close as needed?

I have a .NET WCF web service currently running in production right now. I would say 95% of the time it works flawlessly and as intended. However; there are times when I am throwing an exception that ...
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Is it a good idea to have a database row that represents an unknown value within a system [on hold]

We have two systems, System A imports a list of sports events from system B, it only wants to import the events we will be providing live data for, the filter used to hide events that we are not ...
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Separation of web server and stateless REST API

Currently, I have a single Node server that provides both (a) stateless API routes returning JSON, and (b) session-based web routes. My API routes and web routes have started sharing a lot of code, ...
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Send Emails Via APIs or Code?

I am Using SendGrid to Send Emails to my Users. There are two ways to send emails via SendGrid. 1 - Via APIs 2 - Via Program/Code I want to know which one is More Secure and efficient way. I am ...
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OAuth alternative for a 2 party system

I'm writing a RESTful service (Java EE, Jersey) and a client application that communicates with it, and I wish to secure it and store any usernames & passwords dedicated in my own database. I do ...
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Clients connect to WCF or SQL Server

I was wondering what is the prefered way of accessing data from a server in a client application. The data will be stored on the server in an SQL database and I have previously used the following 2 ...
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How do I set up a micro-services architecture that can take advantage of a common, centralized security service?

I've obviously heard a lot about the Micro-Services Architecture and think it makes a lot of sense (especially with the success stories of Netflix). I'd like to implement a small Grails application ...
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How can I keep Web services requests in a DAO layer without tying the code to the DOM?

I'm working on a single page application on the node-webkit desktop app platform, which means 99.9% of all of the logic is written in JavaScript. Since this is a reboot of a project we're working on, ...
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Database vs. server-sided scripting language [duplicate]

To keep my question short and to the point, consider this: $relation = $mysql->query("SELECT relation($loggeduser, $requesteduser) AS a")->fetch_assoc()['a']; if ($relation != BLOCKED) { ...
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HTTP Response Header for a unique Request ID for REST service

For our REST service I want to send back a unique request ID with every response; useful for debugging internal projects but also for offering support to any third parties who might use the service in ...
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Languages and frameworks to build REST services [closed]

I'm currently in the process of developing a REST service that will be consumed by an iPhone app. Basically, the service wraps existing business logic. This business logic is written in c# and I'm ...
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Multiple API Calls on Web Server

I am trying to build a Tumblr Site that makes API calls to Social Network sites and return data and render on the Tumblr Site. And the thing is Tumblr doesn't allow PHP on their HTML Editor. So my ...
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REST - Tradeoffs between content negotiation via Accept header versus extensions

I'm working through designing a RESTful API. We know we want to return JSON and XML for any given resource. I had been thinking we would do something like this: GET /api/something?param1=value1 ...
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Why is it so bad to read data from a database “owned” by a different microservice

I have recently read this excellent article on the microservice architecture: http://www.infoq.com/articles/microservices-intro It states that when you load a web page on Amazon, then 100+ ...
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Should I hide fields in REST resource representations based on the user's security role?

What is the best practice for exposing different fields for a resource based on user's role/ACL privileges in the system? Let's say I have an endpoint, groups/{:group_id}. My business rules state ...
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Service Oriented Architecture - Component Responsibility

Working on an ecommerce project whereby a PHP application (back-end & non-customer facing) is currently responsible for processing an order from checkout stage through to generating profit/loss ...
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single app and multiple distributed service versions

The problem that I have is with versioning of a single mobile application (created with Cordova) and the WCF web services that it consumes. Situation: The latest version of the mobile app is always ...
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How do different technologies connect to form a web stack? [closed]

I am a little confused, is it possible to implement a front end using common languages like html, css and javascript and then do server side processing using a language of your choice, say python or ...
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Creating a user-customizable web api

Technologies: Javascript for $http call, ASP.NET Web API, MSSQL for data retrieval Web API will return array of widget objects with following properties: WidgetId, WidgetAttribute1 Bool, ...
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How to micro-ify the middle tier in a Microservice Oriented Architecture?

Just read Fowler on Microservices and definitely recommend it. A big thing that is missing from this paper/approach is how to decompose the client-tier into "micro apps". By that, here's what I mean: ...
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Why is a small fixed vocabulary seen as an advantage to RESTful services?

So, a RESTful service has a fixed set of verbs in its vocabulary. A RESTful web service takes these from the HTTP methods. There are some supposed advantages to defining a fixed vocabulary, but I ...
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How to efficiently implement this background processing chain?

I am working on an audio software that uses The EchoNest web service to identify and retrieve metadata about audio songs and I would like to have some advice on implementing a background processing ...
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Using email as a web service [closed]

I am looking for some arguments for or against a given solution. A public facing webserver hosts an aspx form and, based on user input, places the content of the form in XML within an email body. ...
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What are the reasons to execute a WebService from SQL?

I was looking at some examples on how to call a Web Service from SQL Server. And all of them show very unreadable code, that I imagine would be a nightmare to maintain. So, the main question is why ...
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how to implement idempotent webservice calls

I'm developing a wcf based solution for a webservice layer that "occasionally-connected" mobile devices will be using. The service will not be using queuing (at this stage) due to the additional ...
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When to use a message queue as a web service database?

Does it make sense to implement a message queue system such as RabbitMQ or Kafka for the purpose of storing data in a queue? For example, this could be done in order to handle things such as ...
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How should I connect to my php framework to use methods written in the framework, in a framework agnostic environment?

My company runs 2 websites, a public facing website for clients, and an employee intranet. The intranet is used as a backend for employees to edit and maintain various parts of the public website. ...
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Data Access Layer with Asynchronous services like MQ

I am tasked with creating a development, design and architecture guide for a large multi-year project. I have to dictate best design practices for a number of architectural perspectives. See the ...