Wednesday, October 12, 2011

WCF SOAP REST WsHttpBinding webHttpBinding

BasicHttpBinding vs wsHttpBinding vs WebHttpBinding

  • webHttpBinding is the REST-style binding, where you basically just hit a URL and get back a truckload of XML or JSON from the web service
  • basicHttpBinding and wsHttpBinding are two SOAP-based bindings which is quite different from REST. SOAP has the advantage of having WSDL and XSD to describe the service, its methods, and the data being passed around in great detail (REST doesn't have anything like that - yet). On the other hand, you can't just browse to a wsHttpBinding endpoint with your browser and look at XML - you have to use a SOAP client, e.g. the WcfTestClient or your own app
So your first decision must be: REST vs. SOAP (or you can expose both types of endpoints from your service - that's possible, too).
Then, between basicHttpBinding and wsHttpBinding, there differences are as follows:

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