Quick question regarding RFCs

evil_lbtevil_lbt Member Posts: 11 ■□□□□□□□□□
When you guys read a RFC, for example, #2178, do you actually read it from top to buttom? or you just scan through it ? RFCs are driving me nuts icon_sad.gif


  • SlowhandSlowhand MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure / Core Infrastructure, MCSA: Windows Server 2003/2012/2016 Bay Area, CaliforniaMod Posts: 5,161 Mod
    I read the whole thing if it's a brand-new topic. If it's something I've read about before, something that's been updated since last time I looked at it, or it's something that I've read about before but need some more information on, I only read the section(s) I need.

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  • JDMurrayJDMurray MSIT InfoSec CISSP SSCP GSOM GSEC EnCE C|EH Cloud+ CySA+ CASP+ PenTest+ Security+ Surf City, USAAdmin Posts: 12,666 Admin
    Most of the time I'm searching the RFCs only for specific information. If I need to really learn about the topic(s) an RFC covers, I'll scan through it from top-to-bottom looking for the high-level descriptive information first and the details second. Mosts RFCs are written like patents in that they throughly describe a mechanism or process that someone somewhere (usually a programmer) will need to implement. Most RFCs are by no means an instruction manual, so much of the time you spend reading them you'll need to dig for and synthesize the information that you really need. And like patents, until you get used to reading them, they may very well drive you nuts. ;)

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  • Paul BozPaul Boz Member Posts: 2,620 ■■■■■■■■□□
    I usually print them out and highlight what I find important, disregarding all of the "fluff."
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