Re: What ASN.1 got right

Phillip Hallam-Baker <phill@hallambaker.com> Tue, 02 March 2021 22:27 UTC

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From: Phillip Hallam-Baker <phill@hallambaker.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Mar 2021 17:27:37 -0500
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Subject: Re: What ASN.1 got right
To: Michael Thomas <mike@mtcc.com>
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On Tue, Mar 2, 2021 at 5:19 PM Michael Thomas <mike@mtcc.com> wrote:

> On 3/2/21 1:38 PM, Phillip Hallam-Baker wrote:
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> Is this supposed to make me feel better about induced complexity?
>
> Mike
>
It is much simpler than what we have today and one person has written all
the specifications and 90% of the code in 26 months, and I was recovering
from whatever I picked up in Singapore for six of those.

Things should be as simple as possible but it is absolutely critical that
they not be made simpler. I have 30 years experience with this technology
and its application to the real world. The Mesh PKI side is much simpler
than PKIX, OpenPGP or SAML but it is not simple. I know what I missed by
trying for too much simplicity in XKMS.