September 29, 2009

Quote: A general principle of Robustness

The general principle of robustness according to Jon Postel is as follows:

Be conservative in what you do, be liberal in what you accept from others.

It is a very captivating statement and I leave it up to you to the see the boundaries of its essence.

The quote is available in RFC 761 as follows:

2.10. Robustness Principle

TCP implementations should follow a general principle of robustness: be conservative in what you do, be liberal in what you accept from others."

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