Characteristics of web services

Characteristics of web services

  • The following are the characteristics of web services:
  • XML-based
  • Coarse-grained
  • Coupled haphazardly
  • The capacity to work in both synchronous and asynchronous modes
  • Supports RPC


The information representation and record transmission layer of a web service is XML. No need for communication, operating system, or field binding when using XML. At the middle level, web offering-based applications are highly interoperable applications.


A few items carry a lot of linked data in the coarse-grained operation. Compared to fine-grained service, it offers more capabilities and combines one or more fine-grained benefits into a coarse-grained one. More coarse-grained service operations are acceptable.

Loosely Coupled

A web service allows for loosely connected system connections. It communicates by sending each other XML messages using a web API. Web APIs give an abstraction layer to the environment, allowing the connection to be more adaptable and versatile.
The capacity to work in both synchronous and asynchronous modes
A client invokes synchronous Web services over conventional Web protocols and waits for a response. RPC-oriented messaging is used to offer synchronous Web services.
A client calls asynchronous Web services over conventional Web protocols without waiting for a response. Asynchronous Web services frequently use document-oriented communications, and Asynchronous Web Services are essential for a loosely linked system to work. Asynchronous and synchronous endpoints are implemented using Servlets, HTTP, and XML/SOAP.

Supports RPC

  • A web service facilitates RPC by providing services similar to those offered by a conventional aspect.
  • A web resource is a web service. HTTP is a platform-independent and language-neutral web protocol that can access an online service. HTTP allows for seamless integration of disparate settings.
  • In most cases, a web service is registered. A web service registry can help you find it. Consumers can use a registry to identify services that meet their needs. Humans or other applications may be the service consumers.
  • A web service (also known as a web API) is software that provides an interface that may be called from another application. Any application can call for application-to-application programming.