The software that I’m currently developing will use OpenId to provide a single login for multiple sites. If you haven’t heard of this yet, OpenId is the newest, coolest (at least in the eyes of the “Web 2.0” crowd…) thing for “single-sign-on”. Meaning that you only have to remember one password for all your web sites.
The whole thing works like this: You go to a page where you log in. You provide your OpenId url (which is the same as your user name) You are sent to your OpenId provider. You log in to your OpenId provider. You go back to the original website, and now you’re logged in. The idea is that you only have to log in one time to get access to all your web services.
It got a bit of a hype now, since some of the big players announced “support” for it.
So I checked out this toy, and I found that there are already a lot of providers, and a lot of libraries to add support to your own web application. You can also have a plugin for WordPress, Trac, you name it…
So I got an OpenId account, installed a plugin on my blog And disabled it again.
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