Java Web Service: What is SOAP?

What is SOAP?

- SOAP stands for Simple Object Access Protocol.
- SOAP is an XML-based protocol that enables two components to communicate each other.
- It has the rules to translate platform specific data into the XML format.
- Web services are based on SOAP protocol in order to expose their functionality to disparate application and platform.

Advantages of SOAP:

- It defines its own security which is known as Web Service Security.
- It can be written in any programming language and executed on any platform.

Disadvantages of SOAP:

- It consumes more bandwidth and resource.
- It is slow.
- It does not have any other mechanism to discover the service.
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