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(Simple Object Access Protocol) The standard for web services messages. Based on XML, SOAP defines an envelope format and various rules for describing its contents. Seen (with WSDL and UDDI) as one of the three foundation standards of web services, it is the preferred protocol for exchanging web services, but by no means the only one; proponents of REST say that it adds unnecessary complexity.

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Loosely Coupled articles:

The trouble with SOAP
Ripples continue in the debate about whether SOAP is an over-engineered, unnecessary addition ...

Useful Web resources:

Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) 1.1
The final draft of the SOAP 1.1 specification lodged with the W3C

W3C close to ratifying SOAP 1.2
InfoWorld article on the status of the next version of SOAP


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