Re: [hackathon] Formal Languages at the Hackathon

Carsten Bormann <cabo@tzi.org> Wed, 06 November 2019 21:02 UTC

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Subject: Re: [hackathon] Formal Languages at the Hackathon
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On Nov 6, 2019, at 18:20, Antoni Przygienda <prz@juniper.net> wrote:
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> >    When the complexity of the data being modeled dominates your thinking …
>  
> Tony’s dogma: “Complexity of any successful technology _always_ goes up with time” 😉 😉

Indeed, that’s why I talked about “dominates your thinking” (as opposed to “should dominate your thinking”).

An interesting effect of having a great FDT technique is that it becomes much easier to handle complexity.
A follow-on effect is that, as it is so much easier to put in complexity, you do put in more of that.
Which will hurt you sooner than you think (*)…

So I strongly believe that a prerequisite of using FDT successfully is that the formal model of your shiny new RFC should now fit on one slide.  (Which actually works out for RFC 7071 (+)!)

Grüße, Carsten

(*) I still remember when I first read the ASN.1 for GSM MAP.  All 950 pages [IIRC] of it…
(+) https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc8610#page-61