Would you be interested in RFC cliff notes?

I’ve been toying with the idea of reading one RFC a week and developing cliff notes so I can remember everything I read down the road. While I can always recall WHERE I read something, sometimes I need to go out and read the section in the RFC a second time to verify the details. All of the major protocols have a slew of RFCs associated with them, and I’m thinking about starting with DNS, moving on to SMTP, HTTP and NFS. While I’ve used solutions that heavily rely on these protocols, I’ve never read the RFCs from beginning to end. I’ve read large sections here and there to understand how an aspect of the protocol works, but never the entire thing. If you are interested in a set of cliff notes please add your comments. It takes a lot of time to write up stuff on the blog, so I don’t want to waste my time if there isn’t sufficient demand. :)

10 thoughts on “Would you be interested in RFC cliff notes?”

  1. Hi Matty,

    First, thanks to you I learned a new word : “cliff notes”.
    Sure, it could bring up some interesting topics.
    But honnestly I am not sure I would never take the pain to read these horribles RFC, except required for a specific development or study. They are often poorly written, messy and misleading.
    I don’t want to discourage you, but are you sure it’s worth reading it?

  2. RFC crib sheets/cliff notes sounds good to me. If you write them i will read them :)


  3. If you are going to, will you also include the extensions? Like, SPF validation for domains, using an extra DNS TXT record, and all that. Or even the big changes, like DNS-SEC. :-)

  4. If you’re going to write up your notes anyway, by all means, at least paste them into a gigantic PRE block if that’s easiest for you. Or link to a text file of the notes.

    I’d read them.

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