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Re: Use of TELNET for testing protocols

From: Michael Mealling <michael@bailey.dscga.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Feb 1999 11:49:32 -0500 (EST)
Message-Id: <199902171649.LAA15366@bailey.dscga.com>
To: jg@pa.dec.com (Jim Gettys)
Cc: michaelm@netsol.com, jg@pa.dec.com, joshco@microsoft.com, jpalme@dsv.su.se, discuss@apps.ietf.org
Jim Gettys said this:
> Text protocols and telnet debugging have a lower entry cost, but much 
> higher curve as things get compicated.  Binary protocols tend to have 
> higher up-front costs (building a bit more infrastructure up front), but 
> lower difficultly curves, as the complexity of the protocol goes up.

I think it might be somewhat valuable to wrap a draft boilerplate around
that last paragraph and send it out as an informational RFC. IMHO, as
soon as complex data types and marshalling come into play, the low cost 
aspects of a text based protocol go out the window. But that's just the 
test that I personally use.

> I stand by my opinion that it is six of one, half a dozen of the other;
> what is most appropriate depends on your application.  One size does not
> fit all needs.

Exactly....

-MM

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