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Re: [Slightly OT] - Great online Openldap resource and book
Gavin Henry wrote:
They have an interesting perspective on the history of LDAP. When I was
at UMich back in the 80s and we started playing with X.500 we used to
have a running joke - "who needs encryption, when you have ASN.1?"
Just for the newbies and maybe the seasoned LDAPer's, a great online
resource (apart from http://www.openldap.org that is):
Bear in mind that most of the interesting protocols of the day (e.g.
finger, ftp, gopher, http, smtp, etc) were human-readable, and plaintext
protocols with CR/LF input terminators are what most of us working on
the 'net were used to. The above site's History seems to share this
disdain for ASN.1 and OSI protocols, but I think that spin is unfair.
The reference implementation of the OSI stack that we were all using
(ISODE) was certainly a pig, but that didn't mean that the OSI protocols
were bad, or that they couldn't have been done better. And ASN.1 itself
fills a necessary role in network communication, as soon as you try to
progress from describing simple line-based text to binary, structured
data, solving the same problems that Sun XDR, XML, and various other
network data representations try to solve.
Anyway, the authors seem to color some of LDAP's most glaring weaknesses
as if they were strengths, which I find puzzling.
I guess that's a longwinded way of saying "section 2 in that document is
questionable..." I haven't read further.
-- Howard Chu
Chief Architect, Symas Corp. Director, Highland Sun
Symas: Premier OpenSource Development and Support