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Re: Update on Querying IADB

  • From: Michael.Dillon
  • Date: Wed Mar 17 12:40:34 2004

>The codes we use at present include:
>127.0.0.1                                Listed in IADB

Hmmm... listed in my /etc/hosts as well. 
Am I IADB compliant?

It's interesting to see how everyone tries to 
reinvent LDAP on top of DNS and/or BGP instead of 
just using the LDAP protocol itself. Somehow
the world has gotten the idea that LDAP is an
addressbook protocol when, in fact, it is a fairly
generic distributed hierarchical database access
protocol.

IMHO there are two right ways to publish
these types of databases. One is to use LDAP
and the other is to use an XML protocol like
XML-RPC or SOAP. Overloading DNS as a generic
database query protocol is just a plain bad
idea. At least both LDAP and XML support the
concept of a schema which defines the data
being transmitted in an unambiguous way
and ensures that it can be correctly parsed
and decoded.

--Michael Dillon







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