Difference Between Web API and WCF REST Services

There are lots of talk on Web API and WCF REST regrading which one to use for REST Services . Many people are recommending Web API for REST service and they are saying stickily use Web API instead of WCF REST but personally I am not agree with it .The reasons are follows
  • We should not be stick on any particular technology i.e Web API or REST , It must  be decided  according to project requirement whether the Web API  or WCF REST is fit for  project requirement.
  • There are lots of technologies in market but first we need to analyze project scope and requirement and according to it we need to decide technology.
 Lets see the difference between the Web API and WCF REST services based on the features
Scenario or Requirement
Web API
WCF REST
Need support of MSMQ.
No
Yes
Need duplex communication
No
Yes
Need End to end message security
No
Yes
Need Distributed transaction.
No
Yes
One way messaging.
No
Yes
Need to handle Long pooling requests
No
Yes
Need support of REST service in existing WCF Service
No
Yes
Need same code to be supported on both SOAP and REST
No
Yes
Need REST in ASP.NET MVC
Yes preferred
Yes
Need only HTTP service
Yes
Yes but not recommended
Open source
Yes
No

The above is the some differences according to the our project scenario and requirement.
Note 
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Summary 
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