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1 Programming Web Services: RPC via SOAP and REST

2 2Service-Oriented Computing RPC via SOAP A Web service is typically invoked by sending a SOAP message to it and receiving a response in the form of another SOAP message The SOAP messages and their contents are not themselves stored anywhere on the Web or accessible Invoking a Web service is like a remote procedure call (RPC) or a database query Hiding content inside SOAP messages means Web machinery for caching and security checks cannot be used

3 3Service-Oriented Computing Representational State Transfer REST is an architectural style for networked systems that constrains the connector semantics (not the component semantics) The Web is a network of hyperlinked resources, which are things identified by a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) A URI can be either a Uniform Resource Name (URN) or a Uniform Resource Locator (URL) A Web application works as a state machine A client selecting a link is causing a state transition, resulting in receiving the next page (next state) of the application A RESTful service is a collection of resources identified by baseURI/ID, e.g., hotel rooms accessed by

4 4Service-Oriented Computing Characteristics of REST Client-Server Statelessness: requests cannot take advantage of stored contexts on a server Great for load balancing Caching: responses can be labeled as cacheable Uniform interface – URIs, hypermedia Layered components Focus on resources as opposed to methods: Read, construct, update a resource representation using the http verbs GET, POST, PUT, and DELETE Well-suited to hypermedia applications

5 HTTP Verbs Popular verbs Get: query or read a resource (idempotent) Post: create or update a resource Put: creates a new resource (idempotent) Delete: removes a resource Idempotent operations: no side effects Multiple executions = one execution Challenge: the specification imposes requirements but with no way to judge compliance Especially, can use Get and Post instead of much of SOAP 5Service-Oriented Computing

6 Web Application Description Language (WADL) A WADL document has the following elements: Application – overall description, with location of WADL document and other namespaces Grammars – definitions of XML structures exchanged Resources – a container for a Resource, which is IDd by a URI and can have associated Methods Methods – descriptions of the inputs/outputs applied to HTTP actions on a Resource, often in the form of a request subelement and a response subelement 6Service-Oriented Computing

7 WADL Example 7Service-Oriented Computing

8 Flickr RESTful Documentation 8Service-Oriented Computing

9 9 JSON, and in XML

10 JSON as Text 10Service-Oriented Computing

11 JSON in XML 11Service-Oriented Computing

12 RESTful Atom Publishing Protocol 12Service-Oriented Computing

13 13Service-Oriented Computing Software for Open Environments Tempting to simply lift current database and programming techniques for open environments Popular pitfall encouraged by the tools: Think of objects (get and set methods) Invoke them as before even though they are Web services Poor performance Tight coupling

14 14Service-Oriented Computing Suppose you want to sell cameras over the Web, debit a credit card, and guarantee next-day delivery Your application must update sales database debit the credit card send an order to the shipping department receive an OK from the shipping department for next-day delivery update an inventory database Problems: Some steps complete but not all Simple B2C Web Service Example

15 15Service-Oriented Computing Traditional B2C Problems What if the order is shipped, but the debit fails? What if the debit succeeds, but the order was never entered or shipped?

16 16Service-Oriented Computing Database Approach A traditional database approach works only for a closed environment: Transaction processing (TP) monitors (such as IBMs CICS, Transarcs Encina, BEA Systems Tuxedo) can ensure that all or none of the steps are completed, and that systems eventually reach a consistent state But what if the users modem is disconnected right after he clicks on OK? Did the order succeed? What if the line went dead before the acknowledgement arrives? Will the user order again? The TP monitor cannot get the user into a consistent state!

17 17Service-Oriented Computing Approach for Open Environment Server application could send email about credit problems, or detect duplicate transactions Downloaded applet could synchronize with server after broken connection was restored, and recover transaction; applet could communicate using http, or directly with server objects via CORBA/IIOP or RMI If there are too many orders to process synchronously, they could be put in a message queue, managed by a Message Oriented Middleware server (which guarantees message delivery or failure notification), and customers would be notified by email when the transaction is complete The server behaves like an agent!

18 18Service-Oriented Computing Requirements Cross-enterprise processes Exception handling Conversations and long-lived transactions Contracts among parties involved

19 REST Principles 19Service-Oriented Computing

20 SOAP RPC vs. REST Sample SOAP code to retrieve an employees benefits: some data here... 123-45-6789 full_time_employee REST equivalent: &type=full_time_employee 20Service-Oriented Computing

21 21Service-Oriented Computing Summary Tools help with low-level details Agreeing on standards is more important than the standards themselves Should conceptualize interactions in a manner compatible with the Web architecture Can simplify from SOAP in many cases The above is a small point anyway Bigger challenges are in ensuring larger-scale interactions, ensuring integrity, handling exceptions, … Sophisticated programming models are emerging

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