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REST Services

REST services are lightweight programs that are designed with an emphasis on simplicity, scalability, and usability.

REST services can be further shaped by the application of service-orientation principles and therefore represent an alternative implementation medium to SOAP-based Web services and components for building services in support of SOA and service-oriented computing.

The creation of REST services in support of SOA and service-oriented computing is being explored in the book "SOA with REST" (see for more information).

Note that REST services are often referred to as "RESTful services" or "REST Web services". When using the latter term, it is important to make a distinction between REST-based Web services and SOAP-based Web services.

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