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by John Jawed
As the world of Web Services API grows and the demand to share user data across multiple providers rises, so does the need for user security and standardization for developers. In 2006, grass root contributors and a community banded together to build a specification to address a fundamental problem: “how do we share user information without compromising the user?”. A year later, the OAuth specification was formalized to answer this fundamental question for Web Services API’s. Today, OAuth is the API delegation standard of choice for major service providers such as Google, Twitter, Netflix, and Yahoo!.
OAuth is great for users but it’s also a great opportunity for developers! Because OAuth is an open and well supported standard, developers can learn once and then leverage that common knowledge across multiple facets. This talk will delve into the history of OAuth, the details of the specification, and example consumer PHP5 implementations. Netflix and Twitter will be the focus of the consumer implementation. The session will also touch upon the new OAuthProvider implementation for PHP5 as well as the upcoming OAuth 2.0 specification.
by Ed Finkler
"Spaz":http://getspaz.com is a mature, open source, free desktop and mobile client for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Palm webOS. Started in Spring of 2007, Spaz is one of the oldest Twitter clients available still under active development. Other systems have gone on to great commercial and popular success, but Spaz still continues to plug along, driven by a commitment to open standards, transparency, and community.
This talk will cover the history of Spaz's development, from early successes and awards, to competition from well-funded closed source projects, to the transition onto mobile, and finding a sustainable niche where it continues to grow.
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1st–4th June 2010