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[ruby-81] Supporting OpenID

From: Loqi
Sent on: Tuesday, November 13, 2007 5:29 PM
Thanks for the advice about starting off simple, David. And for the 
heads-up on Goldberg, I'll eventually get to that one.

For now, I've decided to jump into OpenID with both feet - Thanks 
Jon, Ed, and Sam. The time pressure's not too heavy to learn about it 
for a while before proceeding. I set up two separate OpenID accounts 
for myself as a web serf, with Verisign and with MyOpenID, and used 
them a little bit to cruise around various sites. It's kinda 
liberating as a user. Here's a 6 minute video tour from the user's 

I think I have a basic understanding of what's going on over the 
network during authentication (7 minute video):­
(Remember, "consumer" means your Rails app, not the user or browser.)

Now I'm trying to figure out the best way to support OpenID in my 
application. I'm a little confused about some of the generators and 
plugins floating around out there. Does anyone have experience with 
any of these?

* acts_as_authenticate­d Rails generator from Technoweenie

* restful_authenticati­on Rails generator from Technoweenie

* Restful OpenID Authentication plugin from EastMedia Group

* The Rails core team's OpenID plugin

I think "plugin" means about the same thing as "generator" in this 
context, but I'm not 100% sure. acts_as_authenticate­d gave me a 
message during installation saying it's been deprecated in favor of 
restful_authenticati­on , but I can't seem to find anything on the web 
indicating that acts_as_authenticate­d is passing out of use. And 
what's the relationship between EastMedia's and Technoweenie's 
Restful thingies? EastMedia's page makes reference to 
restful_authenticati­on in its description, but I'm not sure it's the 
same restful_authenticati­on. Anyone know about any of this stuff?

I intend to learn at least a little about each of these. As of now, 
I'm leaning toward the Rails core team's offering, and plan to ride 
out the near-term turbulence in favor of a smoother long-term ride. 
But if someone happens to know how to point the way from here, it 
might save me a passel of research.


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