[Ietf-calsify] Status of simplification work
MRC at CAC.Washington.EDU
Thu May 25 15:22:17 PDT 2006
On Thu, 25 May 2006, George Sexton wrote:
> I'm suggesting improving interoperability by increasing the probability that
> an implementer of average skill will get this part right. Do you want a
> standard that only extremely skilled programmers will have any chance of
> delivering a correct implementation, or do you want a standard that most
> people will be able to do correctly?
This may not be a popular view, but it bears stating:
Given my druthers, I would prefer to have a standard that only an
extremely skilled programmer is capable of delivering any implementation
at all. There is a much greater chance of getting multiple quality,
interoperable, implementations if the incompetant are completely locked
I have been asked, on multiple occasions, effectively to write the
protocol engine for an application that some cheapskate contracted to the
lowest bidder...and to do this service for free. On other occasions, I
have been asked protocol questions that are so elementary that it is
painfully clear that the individual never read the specification (or even
one of the excellent pedagogical texts that describe the protocol).
Worse, he makes it clear that he has no intention of doing so; he expects
me to answer the questions that come up when empirical testing won't
deliver the answer.
-- Mark --
Science does not emerge from voting, party politics, or public debate.
Si vis pacem, para bellum.
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