Exposing the SOAP service as a REST API: A hands-on tutorial in v5

Posted: February 15, 2017 Modified: February 22, 2018

APIs are becoming the digital glue of today’s fast-moving marketplace. They allow you to quickly create interfaces with back-end systems and applications, and then share those interfaces with customers, partners and others to expand your organizations’ reach. Over the last 10 years, the web has essentially become a service-oriented platform, where information and functionality are available through an API.Many early APIs were written using SOAP. But now REST is the dominant development choice, and publication of REST APIs is on the rise.

Although it is platform-agnostic, developers have found that SOAP XML is verbose and often painful to use in web technologies like JavaScript. REST/JSON has a more compact representation; it is easier to read and is the native data format in JavaScript. Consequently, organizations often want to expose SOAP services as REST APIs.

This tutorial will show you how IBM® API Connect™, a comprehensive API management solution, gives you options to easily convert these resources.

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Fabrice Livigni

Fabrice Livigni is a certified IT specialist working for the IBM Global Industry Solution Center Nice-Paris in the telecommunications industry. He has more than 19 years of experience in a wide variety of technical projects in the telecommunications service providers sector, primarily as part of the IBM TME Solution Labs. The Labs’ main objective is to showcase innovative IBM solutions that solve service providers’ key pain points. Livigni’s experience allows him to affirm that APIs act as the digital glue that links services, applications and systems together to create compelling customer experiences, and that APIs help you quickly create interfaces between back-end systems and applications.

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