In previous articles we discussed the purpose and use cases of two of the most popular protocols - the JSON-RPC and REST API. To refresh your memory, these two protocols are widely used for the creation of different web or mobile applications, аnd they also find their application in many other cases. What sets them apart are their features, suitability (this greatly depends on why you are planning to use them), and of course - their advantages and disadvantages, especially when compared head to head.
Underlying factors which may play an important role in selecting the right protocol for you can be inclusive of the level of the protocols` complexity, scalability, efficiency, and organizational goals. Regardless, both JSON-RPC and REST API are part of the sophisticated blockchain infrastructure that we, at Crypto APIs, offer to our clients.
Due to its specifics, this protocol is widely used by companies operating within the crypto and blockchain sector for requesting information from blockchain nodes. There are also specific actions that can be performed such as get address balance, next available nonce, broadcasting transactions to the networks and others.
REST stands for “representational state transfer” architecture style and provides a great degree of flexibility. Nearly all programming languages can be used for the REST creation. Different unified data formats are supported by the REST protocol.
The REST, similar to its alternative, is based on the client-service model, requiring communication between the both. REST APIs does not require the client to have any information about the server and it must provide the information that the client requires in order to interact with a particular service.
REST APIs facilitate interaction between diverse software systems through the utilization of distinct URLs and HTTP methods to perform various actions, including data retrieval, creation, modification, and deletion. These APIs adhere to a stateless architecture, implying that each request comprehensively encapsulates all requisite details, and commonly, responses are returned in JSON.
Both JSON-RPC and REST have their own strengths and weaknesses. As we mentioned above, choosing the right protocol varies on several key factors such as your specific use case, requirements, and the development team`s knowledge and experience with the protocols. To help you make an informed choice and understand better what you can get out of both protocols, we will discuss in details the benefits and drawbacks of each protocol.
Each of these two protocols has its distinct areas of expertise, often compensating for the limitations of the other. For clients, the decision-making process can be challenging, even with a thorough understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of REST and JSON-RPC. That's why we strongly recommend reaching out to our team for expert guidance that can be customized to your unique requirements and organizational objectives.