Welcome, Aravindan and Rajeev

If you’ve been watching blogs.sun.com carefully over the past few days, you’ll have noticed new blogs popping up from Aravindan Ranganathan and Rajeev Angal. Aravindan and Rajeev are fellow architects on the Access Manager/Federation Manager team – you might have read this interview that Rajeev did for Sun’s Inner Circle newsletter a little while ago.

Definitely blogs to watch if you are interested in Access Manager, Federation Manager and OpenSSO. I’m happy to admit that Aravindan and Rajeev know the inner workings of that code much better than I do!

Welcome, Aravindan and Rajeev!

OpenSSO: “It’s alive! Alive, I tell you!”

Where does that line come from? I just tried googling using the Google search engine to search for it, and all I get is usage, no citation…

Anyway – the point of this post is that we have ‘thrown the switch’ on OpenSSO – we are turning on write access to the source tree. Here is the text of the official announcement:

Welcome to the official launch of the OpenSSO project and community site. OpenSSO is an open source access management software distribution that provides the means to build authentication, authorization, and session management for Java and web applications and web services. OpenSSO is the result of a close collaboration between a community of developers and Sun engineers working to promote the evaluation, use, and innovation of identity and access management technology. And, since Sun will be basing the Sun Java System Access Manager product on OpenSSO, eventually everything that is committed to the OpenSSO source will end up running in real, production deployments.

So what happened today? In simple terms, we are finally turning on full read and write access to the source code. What does that mean for you, the developer?

Through the OpenSSO project site, we invite you to participate in the development process by reviewing source code, providing input on features, submitting bug fixes, requesting new functionality, and spearheading other improvements. You can check out source. You can download and deploy the J2EE web application archive. You can break it, fix it, write about it, and talk about it. Or, simply join in the technical discussions.

We thank you for participating.

Right now we are assembling the initial list of committers – mostly the Sun engineers that built Access Manager and OpenSSO, but also likely some external folks with a history of working Access Manager at a low level.

If you’d like to get more deeply involved with OpenSSO, perhaps even to the extent of submitting code and then even becoming a committer, check out the governance.

Nice To Be Considered an ‘Industry Expert’ on Federated Identity…

…even if it’s qualified by ‘so-called’ and my cluefulness is called into question 🙂

James McGovern asks

when was the last time he [Pat Patterson of Sun] asked members of Project Liberty to start sharing pain points outside of the Project Liberty forum for others to consume and learn from?

Well – that’s precisely what many members of Project Liberty recently did in the recent Identity Open Space in Vancouver. As its name suggests, this event was open to all-comers and jointly produced by the Liberty Alliance Project and some of the leading participants in the Internet Identity Workshop. We had some fascinating discussions, mostly documented (to greater or lesser extent) in the wiki.

Another interesting aspect of this event was that (as I blogged previously) IOS attendees were able to also attend Liberty’s plenary sessions (under NDA), observing and even contributing to the discussion. My understanding (and no warranty, express or implied, is attached to this statement) is that the Liberty folks were very happy with the way this all turned out and keen to repeat it regularly in the future.

In the meantime, there will be another IOS next month in Santa Clara. Although this IOS is in association with the Digital ID World Conference, I wouldn’t be surprised to see many of the Liberty folks there.

See you there, James?

IRC Channel for OpenSSO

I just established an IRC channel for OpenSSO on Freenode#opensso. The idea is that this will server as a ‘virtual watercooler’ – a venue for informal chat on any topic connected to OpenSSO. It will probably take a few days to get going, but, it should soon become a useful venue for anyone using or developing OpenSSO.

Fire up your IRC client and I’ll see you there! 🙂

UPDATE – btw – if you see ‘metadaddy’ on the IRC channel – that would be me.