APIs for Management and More
john at iastate.edu
Thu Sep 28 04:06:08 UTC 2006
> John Hascall <john at iastate.edu> wrote:
> > In any event, although not (well) documented in all cases,
> > network protocols for all of these exist.
> That's all well and good, but would you really want to implement the
> clients for these protocols from scratch if there were already an API?
I can think of several reasons, among them them:
+ the library that implements the api isn't available
for your platform or language,
+ the library/api doesn't do something you need (for example
"multiple master dynamic dns"),
+ the library does far more than you need and
is just extra bloat and a source of security or other bugs,
+ the license on the library is incompatible with your use
and so on.
> BTW, the person who answered with references to rndc, dig, nsupdate,
> etc. apparently doesn't know what "API" means.
Perhaps, but perhaps for some people it would also be a reasonable
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