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How to name a protocol

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Pop quiz, hot shot. What do the following protocols all have in common?

  • SNMP
  • SMTP
  • SOAP
  • RSS

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All of them in their very names claim to be simple, the last one even emphatically really simple. Now, simplicity is relative, but what this shows is that if you want your standard to catch on, it should purport to be simple.

Better yet, keep doing so even while heaping on ever more complexity.

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