ETOOBUSY 🚀 minimal blogging for the impatient
So… the WHOIS protocol is kind of a joke and its too free form basically led to a situation that is not easily addressed with code.
As a result, the RDAP (Registration Data Access Protocol) was designed to supersede it with something that is modern and structured.
The structure comes from two things:
- using JSON syntax;
- sticking to a specific structure in the JSON.
The modern comes from the adoption of the HTTP REST model.
This will hopefully make API-level consumption of data easier. Nowadays, almost all API-level endpoints are ad-hoc services that provide some form of pre-parsed data, usually at a cost (although sometimes with a free tier). Moving to RDAP helps define a standard response and stimulate registries to provide data in a code-friendly way out of the box.
Let’s cross fingers and… stay safe!