REST and SOAP Web Service Interview Questions

In this interview questions tutorial we will explain most asking interviews questions on the web services like SOAP, REST etc and its protocol support. REST is getting popular day by day and replacing SOAP web services which was standard earlier and Interviewer expect you to know about REST and how it work.

Define Web Service?
A web service is a kind of software that is accessible on the Internet. It makes use of the XML messaging system and offers an easy to understand, interface for the end users.

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What is REST and RESTful web services ?
REST stands for REpresentational State Transfer (REST) its a relatively new concept of writing web services which enforces a stateless client server design where web services are treated as resource and can be accessed and identified by there URL unlike SOAP web services which were defined by WSDL.

Web services written by apply REST Architectural concept are called RESTful web services which focus on System resources and how state of Resource should be transferred over http protocol to a different clients written in different languages. In RESTful web services http methods like GET, PUT, POST and DELETE can can be used to perform CRUD operations.

What is differences between RESTful web services and SOAP web services ?
Though both RESTful web series and SOAP web service can operate cross platform they are architecturally different to each other, here is some of differences between REST and SOAP:

1) REST is more simple and easy to use than SOAP
2) REST uses HTTP protocol for producing or consuming web services while SOAP uses XML.
3) REST is lightweight as compared to SOAP and preferred choice in mobile devices and PDA’s.
4) REST supports different format like text, JSON and XML while SOAP only support XML.
5) REST web services call can be cached to improve performance.

What is Restlet framework ?
Restlet is leading RESTful web framework for Java applications is used to build RESTFul web services it has two part Restlet API and a Restlet implementation much like Servlet specification. There are many implementation of Restlet framework available you just need to add there jar in your classpath to use them. By using Restlet web framework you can write client and server.

What is Resource in REST framework ?
it represent a “resource” in REST architecture. on RESTLET API it has life cycle methods like init(), handle() and release() and contains a Context, Request and Response corresponding to specific target resource. This is now deprecated over ServerResource class and you should use that. see Restlet documentation for more details.

Can you use Restlet without any web-container ?
Yes, Restlet framework provide default server which can be used to handle service request in web container is not available.

What are the tools used for creating RESTFull web services ?
You can use AJAX(Asynchronous JavaScript with XAML) and Direct Web Removing to consume web serives in web application. Both Eclipse and NetBeans also supported development of RESTFul services.

How to display custom error pages using RestFull web services ?
In order to customize error you need to extend StatusService and implement getRepresentation(Status, Request, Response) method with your custom code now assign instance of your CustomStatusService to appropriate “statusService property”.

Which HTTP methods are supported by RestFull web services ?
Another common REST interview questioning RESTFul web service each Resource supports GET, POST, PUT and DELETE http methods.GET is mapped to represent(), POST – acceptRepresentation(), PUT- storeRepresentation and DELET for rmeoveRepresentation.

What is difference between top-down and bottom-up approach of developing web services ?
In top-down approach first WSDL document is created and than Java classes are developed based on WSDL contract, so if WSDL contract changes you got to change your Java classes while in case of bottom up approach of web service development you first create Java code and then use annotations like @WebService to specify contract or interface and WSDL field will be automatically generated from your build.

Define SOAP?
SOAP is an XML based protocol to transfer between computers.

Define WSDL?
It means Web Services Description Language. It is basically the service description layer in the web service protocol stock. The Service Description layer describes the user interface to a web service.

Differentiate between a SOA and a Web service?
SOA is a design and architecture to implement other services. SOA can be easily implemented using various protocols such as HTTP, HTTPS, JMS, SMTP, RMI, IIOP, RPC etc. While Web service, itself is an implemented technology. In fact one can implement SOA using the web service.

Discuss various approaches to develop SOAP based web service?
We can develop SOAP based web service with two different types of approaches such as contract-first and contract-last. In the first approach, the contract is defined first and then the classes are derived from the contract while in the later one, the classes are defined first and then the contract is derived from these classes.

If you have to choose one approach, then what will be your choice?
In my point of view, the first approach that is the contract-first approach is more feasible as compared to the second one but still it depends on other factors too.

What are the types of information included in SOAP header?
Header of SOAP contains information like that,
1. In SOAP header client should handle authentication and transaction.
2. The SOAP message should process by client.
3. EncodingStyle is also has in header.

What are the disadvantages of SOAP?
Some disadvantages .
1. It is much slower than middleware technologies.
2. Because we used HTTP for transporting messages and not use to defined ESB or WS-Addressing interaction of parties over a message is fixed.
3. Application protocol level is problematic because usability of HTTP for different purposes is not present.

What’s New in Spring Batch 3.0

The Spring Batch 3.0 release has five major themes:

  • JSR-352 Support
  • Upgrade to Support Spring 4 and Java 8
  • Promote Spring Batch Integration to Spring Batch
  • JobScope Support
  • SQLite Support

JSR-352 Support-

JSR-352 is the new java specification for batch processing. Heavily inspired by Spring Batch, this specification provides similar functionality to what Spring Batch already supports. However, Spring Batch 3.0 has implemented the specification and now supports the definition of batch jobs in compliance with the standard. An example of a batch job configured using JSR-352’s Job Specification Language (JSL) would look like below:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<job id="myJob3" xmlns="" version="1.0">
    <step id="step1" >
        <batchlet ref="testBatchlet" />

It is important to point out that Spring Batch does not just implement JSR-352. It goes much further than the spec in a number of ways:

  • Components – Spring Batch provides 17 different ItemReader implementations, 16 ItemWriter implementations, and many other components that have years of testing in production environments under their belts.
  • Scalability – JSR-352 provides scaling options for a single JVM only (partitioning and splits both via threads). Spring Batch provides multi-JVM scalability options including remote partitioning and remote chunking.
  • Spring dependency injection – While JSR-352 provides a form of “dependency injection light”, there are a number of limitations that it places on the construction of batch artifacts (must use no-arg constructors for example). Spring Batch is built on Spring and benefits from the power of the Spring Framework’s capabilities.
  • Java based configuration – While Spring’s XML based configuration options are well known, Spring and specifically Spring Batch, provide the option to configure your jobs using the type safety of java based configuration.
  • Hadoop/Big Data integration – Spring Batch is a foundational tool for interacting with Hadoop and other big data stores in the Spring ecosystem. Spring for Apache Hadoop provides a number of batch related extensions to use Spring Batch to orchestrate work on a Hadoop cluster. Spring XD builds on Spring Batch by providing both execution capabilities, but also management functionality similar to Spring Batch Admin for any environment.

Spring will continue to participate in the evolution of JSR-352 as it goes through maintenance revisions and look forward to further contributions to the JCP process.

Upgrade to Support Spring 4 and Java 8

With the promotion of Spring Batch Integration to be a module of the Spring Batch project, it has been updated to use Spring Integration 4. Spring Integration 4 moves the core messaging APIs to Spring core. Because of this, Spring Batch 3 will now require Spring 4 or greater.

As part of the dependency updates that have occurred with this major release, Spring Batch now supports being run on Java 8. It will still execute on Java 6 or higher as well.

Promote Spring Batch Integration to Spring Batch

Spring Batch Integration has been a sub module of the Spring Batch Admin project now for a few years. It provides functionality to better integrate the capabilities provided in Spring Integration with Spring Batch. Specific functionality includes:

  • Asynchronous ItemProcessor/ItemWriter – Executes the ItemProcessor logic on another thread, returning a Future to the ItemWriter. Once the Future returns, the result is written.
  • JobLaunchingMessageHandler/JobLaunchingMessageGateway – Provides the ability to launch jobs via Spring Messages received over channels.
  • Remote Chunking – Provides the ability to execute ItemProcessor logic remotely (across multiple JVMs) via a master/slave configuration.
  • Remote Partitioning – Provides the ability to execute full chunks remotely (read/process/write across multiple JVMs) via a master/slave configuration.

JobScope Support

The Spring scope “step” used in Spring Batch has had a pivotal role in batch applications, providing late binding functionality for a long time now. With the 3.0 release Spring Batch now supports a “job” scope. This new scope allows for the delayed construction of objects until a Job is actually launched as well as providing a facility for new instances for each execution of a job.

SQLite Support

SQLite has been added as a newly supported database option for the JobRepository by adding job repository ddl for SQLite. This provides a useful, file based, data store for testing purposes.


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Hadoop Tutorial

Hi in this hadoop tutorial we will describe all about Hadoop, why use Hadoop, Hadoop Architecture, BigData, MapReduce and Some ecosystems.

Now a days required framework like which  handle huge amount of data in an application like Facebook,  Twitter, LinledIn, Google, Yahoo, etc these have lots of data. These companies required some process to that huge data like 1. Data Analysis, 2. Proper Handling of Data and 3. Understandable data to custom format.

Apache Hadoop’s MapReduce and HDFS components originally derived respectively from Google’s MapReduce and Google File System (GFS) papers.

In 2003-2004 Google Introduced some new technique in search engine 1. File System GFS (Google File System) and another framework for data analyzing technique called 2. MapReduce to make fast searching and fast analyzing data. Google just submitted theses white paper to search engine.

In 2005-2006 Yahoo take these technique for Google and Implement in single framework given Name Hadoop. Hadoop was created by Doug Cutting and Mike Cafarella in 2005. Cutting, who was working at Yahoo! at the time, named it after his son’s toy elephant. It was originally developed to support distribution for the Nutch search engine project. No one knows that better than Doug Cutting, chief architect of Cloudera and one of the curious story behind Hadoop. When he was creating the open source software that supports the processing of large data sets, Cutting knew the project would need a good name. Cutting’s son, then 2, was just beginning to talk and called his beloved stuffed yellow elephant “Hadoop” (with the stress on the first syllable). Fortunately, he had one up his sleeve—thanks to his son. The son (who’s now 12) frustrated with this. He’s always saying ‘Why don’t you say my name, and why don’t I get royalties? I deserve to be famous for this 🙂

Big Data Hadoop 

In this Hadoop Tutorial we will learn further following modules.

Module 1-

  1. Understanding Big Data
  2.  Introduction to Hadoop
  3.  Hadoop Architecture

Module 2-

  1. Hadoop Distributed File System(HDFS)
  2. HDFS Architecture
  3. JobTracker and TaskTracker Architecture 
  4. Hadoop Configuration 
  5. Hadoop Environment Setup(Hadoop 1.x)
  6. Hadoop Environment Setup(Hadoop 2.x)
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  8. Data Loading Technique

Module 3-

  1. Introduction to MapReduce
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  3. MapReduce Programming Hello World or WordCount Program 

Module 4-

  1. Advanced MapReduce
  2. YARN
  3. YARN Programming

Module 5-

  1. Introduction to Sqoop
  2. Programming with Sqoop

Module 6-

  1. Analytic Using HIVE
  2. Understanding HIVE QL

Module 7-

  1. NoSQL Databases
  2. Understanding HBASE
  3. Zookeeper

Module 8-

  1. Real World Data sets and analysis
  2. Project Discussion