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15 October 2008, 14:26

Software provides uniform domain registry

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French open source software house Dot and Co has just released version 0.92 of Net::DRI. Net::DRI offers a uniform interface for numerous domain registries and registrars, making the connection to the various registration systems slightly more practical – whether they use the old Registry Registrar Protocol (RRP) or its successor Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP). The company itself also acts as a registrar for such domains as .fr, .eu or .ws.

Using the Net::DRI software means that it is unnecessary for resellers and registrars to make elaborate modifications for the many different registry systems from Eurid and country code zones (.fr, .de, .cz) to VeriSign. In some cases it allows users to access features that are not available through the original domain supplier's interface, promises Dot and Co founder Patrick Mevzek in his announcement. New providers, protocols and transports are relatively easy to incorporate, he said.

The latest addition to Net::DRI's is an interface for IRIS status queries, also called domain check (DCHK), at German registar DeNIC. At some point in the future, IRIS will gradually replace the classical "whois" altogether and provide several different access levels to domain owner and registration history data. After some initial problems with the respective DeNIC server, DCHK queries now work fine, reported Mevzek. According to Dot and Co, the software also already contains the traditional whois query functionality, other services like ENUM and ENUM validation, and the DNSSEC security protocol.

(Monika Ermert)


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