The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Non-web protocols are dead! All Hail HTTPS!

So I came across this blog post about DNS over HTTPS and …

… yeah …

… I feel that this is it. The Internet has ossified. There are no new programs or protocols—it's either on the web, or it doesn't exist.

Last week it came down from On High™ that both “Project: Wolowizard” and “Project: Sippy-Cup” will be making REST calls, most likely over TLS, rather than the current method of DNS (on a private network).

Because … reasons.

The company we query for data has drunk the REST/HTTPS über alles Kool-Aid™ and we get to suffer. We now get to make expensive network queries during the establishment of a phone call. We've been told not to worry, some load testing will be done, but hey, it's all good. It'll be HTTP/1.1.

For now.

Maybe HTTP/2.0 (which is nothing more than TCP over TCP over TLS if Google has their way, and it appears they are). But definitely HTTP/1.1 for now.

Oh, and the data we'll get back is in JSON.

Of course it is.


Damn hipster developers! Get off my lawn!

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