In the ongoing contention between SOAP and REST as a Web services protocol, many developers appear to drawn to REST.
The latest release of Ruby on Rails, the lightweight development framework which has been growing in popularity, favors REST.
According to a report in Internet News, Ruby on Rails 2.0 (RoR) is the first major release of the language framework in 18 months. "Instead of SOAP support in RoR, the open source framework has instead decided to focus on the competing REST protocol."
Few observers seemed to be shedding any tears for SOAP. "Unless you absolutely have to use SOAP for integration purposes, we strongly discourage you from doing so," RoR developer David Heinemeier Hansson is quoted as saying.
"REST leverages the existing HTTP verbs and provides a significantly simpler solution for developing and consuming Web-based services," agreed Joe McGlynn, director of product management at CodeGear.