The restful_authentication plugin is probably the best way to go in
terms of plugins for authentication. RESTful web services are going to
be the defacto way to create controllers, actions and routes for Rails
2.0 and is introduced and encouraged in Rails 1.2. So the
restful_authentication plugin is compatible with the future direction of
Rails. I really recommend the peepcode tuturials for RESTful Rails (and
just Rails in general) for more education on RESTful Rails.
You can also learn how to install the restful_authentication plugin
(free) from this screencast at railscasts.com
I have not personally used openid but Ryan Bate's screencasts again at
railscasts.com have this link to show you how to install the
open_id_authentication plugin on top of the restful_authentication plugin
Ryan has some really cool screencasts on other plugins and neat tips and
tricks for RoR.
Hope this is helpful.
> 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 perspective:
> 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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