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Introducing IANA

At the core of application development are protocols and standards… which without both we would all just be a bunch of hackers and cowboys.

I find myself browsing the IANA website often when I am defining an API – because as you will find out once you start using the IANA catalogue, there is a standard for everything and there is no need to break the standards if it can be avoided.

Some parts of the IANA catalogue are more useful than others… among the high-ranking sub-sites are the following…

MIME-types
http://www.iana.org/assignments/media-types/application/

Port-numbers
http://www.iana.org/assignments/port-numbers

…and among the more curious is the Operating-System-Names… which has not been updated for more than 6½ years…
http://www.iana.org/assignments/operating-system-names

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