While Web API in this context is considered as a web service, it should not be confused with service-oriented architecture (SOA) which is SOAP-based web services towards more cohesive collections of web resources.

Web API development

Web API is HTTP-based RESTful web service, request-response message system, expressed in JSON or XML, which provides application extensibility. These RESTful web APIs primary consumed by a variety of browsers and mobile devices.


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