Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th Apr 2008 20:14 UTC
Microsoft "Microsoft will make available the preliminary versions of technical documentation for the protocols built into Microsoft Office 2007, SharePoint Server 2007 and Exchange Server 2007. This documentation, which defines how these high-volume Microsoft products communicate with some of its other products, is 14000 pages and is in addition to the 30000 pages posted when the software giant first introduced its new Interoperability Principles last month. They will be made available April 8."
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Yamin
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2006-01-10

I've been writing networking protocols for a while now and the one thing you can always count on is that the documentation for them is needlessly verbose and complex.

Most likely, you end up dealing with multiple layers of documentation to boot. First you have the plain text RFC which is written in such boring repetitive detail. Then most of the time, someone takes the time to take that RFC and write a word document on it with proper diagrams to clarify the RFC for human consumption.

Top it all off with examples and giant tables. From what I read this covers several computer programs, each probably having many protocols. Top that off with MS support for backwards compatibility which only increases protocol complexity...it could reach 14 000 pages.

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