API is an Application Programming Interface which is a way that allows communication between two applications using a set of rules. While having a great coffee from Bolivia I found the following API requests types.

The main Web Service APIs are:

  • SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) uses XML to transfer sets of information in the form of objects. Created by Microsoft in 1998.
  • XML-RPC was developed in 1997. It uses identifying tags similar to HTML and provides a rigid way to structuring data.
  • JSON-RPC was developed in 2001 and is derived from the JavaScript language. Similar to HTML its easily human readable, but can be condensed to reduce file size. JSON is now one of the most popular type of request APIs used.
  • REST (Representational State Transfer) Mainly a set of HTTP verbs. GET, POST DELETE, PUT handle the management of the server’s resources.

I hope this information about API requests types is helpful. You can also contact me if you have questions.

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