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Integration of Salesforce with External Systems using Web Services


I am new to Integration and want to learn Salesforce Integration basics with some practice integrations.
Please let me know a path for learning the same and  any useful resources for beginners.

How to Integrate Salesforce with External Application, say Java Application? 

What are APIs in Salesforce like REST API, SOAP API etc.
How to decide which API to use when? 

What is SOAP UI Tool and when & how to use it?

Thanks a lot.

Integration is a very broad topic - I'd suggest you work through the resources available on the developer portal: