I agree with you Jeurgen. Writing the encoding/decoding code is trivial compared to the work required to implement the semantics.
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> From: Juergen Schoenwaelder [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Wednesday, September 11, 2002 10:29
> To: D.T.Shield@csc.liv.ac.uk
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> Subject: Re: Protocol operations proposal deadline
> >>>>> Dave Shield writes:
> Dave> Well, that was certainly my experience when actually coding
> Dave> this. I didn't need to write new parsing routines to handle a
> Dave> new format, and adding in a bit of option extraction/insertion
> Dave> code *was* easier than writing message/PDU parsing routines
> Dave> would have been.
> In the code I am familiar with, parsing a new PDU boils down to a
> sequence of calls to the BER encoder/decoder library and filling out a
> data structure. This is in my experience trivial compared to the
> amount of work needed to implement the semantics.
> Juergen Schoenwaelder <http://www.informatik.uni-