Originally RFCs were publications to describe memos about the evolution of the initial networks (originally ARPANET and later evolved into Internet). Some popular RFCs are the RFC 791 (IP), RFC 793 (TCP), RFC 2131 (DHCP) etc. There is an RFC for most of the current protocols that we are using daily to run the internet.
The 7th of April this year marks the 50 year anniversary of the first RFC titled “Host Software” by Steve Crocker, and the author of this article decided to celebrate the year reading one RFC every day for the whole year (and writing some comments on each in his blog). I found it extremely interesting, and I wanted to share it with you. Years ago I read some of the early RFCs, and the network was very different at the time.
I found his idea of reading from the old days of the internet very interesting. I’m not planning to do it myself, but maybe I’ll read some more of the old RFC this year to learn a bit more about how the network evolved in all these years.