Know Yer RFCs - Internet Official Protocol Standards (AKA STD 1)

Wed 29 April 2015

The first IETF standard was an informational affair, a housekeeping standardization-process snapshot that summed up the current ‘best practice’ RFCs that’s led up to it. It was a process that stretched over a bunch of RFCs over the years, mercifully being put down by RFC 7100, where there is now a regularly updated list in rfcxx00. These snapshots were compiled by Jon Postel up to his death in 1998 (last one being RFC 2400), and was compiled by Joyce Reynolds and Robert Braden until the snapshots were discontinued.

Flipping through these, it reminds me of how I had an “Internet Yellow Pages” book in the mid-90s. Oh, the days when you could sum up the contents of the Internet in a 500-page book. That you could just read the latest RFCs in an OPS doc and say ‘yep, I’m up-to-date’ is appealing on many levels, especially as the realization that it is no longer possible for one person to ‘know it all’ sinks in deeper every time I find some new nuance in an RFC.

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