At the Forge - OpenID

An introduction to OpenID, an open-source, distributed, single sign-on solution for Internet applications.

OpenID is an increasingly important standard that seems poised to have a central role in future Web and Internet-connected applications. Using OpenID is not terribly complicated for end users, and it supposedly is going to be integrated into Firefox in the near future.

Next month, we will look at OpenID from the perspective of a Web site that requires users to register. How can you, as a Web developer, support OpenID on your site? We will see that with a bit of work, and some support from open-source libraries, we can support OpenID in our Web applications.

Reuven M. Lerner, a longtime Web/database developer and consultant, is a PhD candidate in learning sciences at Northwestern University, studying on-line learning communities. He recently returned (with his wife and three children) to their home in Modi'in, Israel, after four years in the Chicago area.



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Anonymous's picture

You make Firefox look like the best thing since sliced bread. Firefox is not as good as Opera and Safari these two browsers are closed so they are more secure. Try Opera on your Linux Box. I use Safari on all my Mac's I did try the OS X version of Firefox the UI and everything is ugly!

"Firefox is not as good as

Anonymous's picture

"Firefox is not as good as Opera and Safari these two browsers are closed so they are more secure."

Are you serious!? Obscurity is not security. Does obscurity work for IE?

Is it safe?

goblin's picture

Well... Is it?