Is there any difference between a web API and a web service? Or are they one and the same?
There are many definitions of Web Services as they are not only defined by different organizations but also has gone through many changing stages. When listening to people talk about APIs and web services, it’s not always clear what the difference between the concepts are. In fact, to the uninitiated, it can be quite confusing.
The difference is not rocket science, but let’s clear it up once and for all.
The difference between APIs and web services
All Web Services are APIs, but not all APIs are Web services.
Ok great! All web services are APIs. That clarifies half the confusion. It means that a web service is a type or a subset of API, one amongst various other types of APIs.
When is an API a web service?
A Web service always needs a network for its operation, whereas an API doesn’t need a network for its operation.
So then, an API is also a web service when it always requires a network for it to work, that is, for it to allow communication between different applications on different machines. Web services use HTTP/S as the data transfer protocol.
The following are the most common types of web services:
Developing, hosting and publishing your own web service can be time consuming and complicated. With a low-code development platform a lot of the boiler-plate work is made faster and easier for you.
By making development less complicated, development time is shortened. It also cuts down on the overall learning curve, especially in development teams where resources and specialised skills are limited. Ultimately, a decrease in both development and learning time lead to a decrease in development costs.
As a low-code development platform, Linx makes it easier and faster to accomplish a range of programming tasks, including integrating with web services, as well as developing, hosting and publishing your own web services.