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Vincent Drader 2Vincent Drader 2 

Newbie trying his first HTTP or SOAP request - help and resources?

Hello all - a am a CRM admin that is trying some more serious development work. We currently have some fields that could be updated by information stored in an external local government database. What's nice is the local government provides open API access to query the information (it's just geo-location information for addresses). They provide samples for HTTP POST, HTTP GET, SOAP 1.1, and SOAP 1.2. 

A few questions: 1) Which of those 4 protocols would you suggest I implement?; 2) Which one is the easiest to implement?; and 3) Where are some resources that could take me through my journey to success?

Attached is a sample of what the local government gives. I am showing the HTTP GET example, but they have examples for the others too. 
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Interest in hearing your thoughts. Thanks!
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Carlos Campillo GallegoCarlos Campillo Gallego
Hi Vincent!

I'd suggest you to take a look to the integration module at Trailhead:
https://developer.salesforce.com/trailhead/module/apex_integration_services
In my experience, the most common protocol used is SOAP, but unfortunately I can't defend why, I guess is a mix of easiness and security, but I'm just wondering.

Hope this helps you!

Regards