Dr. Dobb's Journal is dear to my heart. My wife Adele Freedman, an architecture critic, always used to point to the copies I left lying around and tell our friends, “Check it out. It's amazing to watch him read it. No two words fit together.”
But to me it was like candy. So it was exciting to read the following article today on Dobb's Portal:
Microsoft and Zend Technologies have announced a collaboration to enable support for
informationcards by PHP developers through a component built for Zend Framework. Using this as a stand-alone component or as part of the Framework, PHP developers will be able to specify a Web site's security policy and accept information cards from trusted third parties.
“Microsoft and Zend are making a commitment to deliver information card support to PHP developers, which will reduce development costs and help make the Web safer and more secure for people,” said Vijay Rajagopalan, principal architect for Platform & Interoperability Strategy at Microsoft.
The cooperative work on information cards extends Microsoft's previous interoperability efforts in this area. Microsoft, in collaboration with Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS and ThoughtWorks, has developed open source interoperability projects on information cards for systems based on Java and Ruby.
“Web sites developed on ASP.NET can already accept information cards,” Rajagopalan explained. “With this work, a Java-based Web site, for example, built on the Sun Java System Web Server, Apache Tomcat or IBM WebSphere Application Server can now accept a digital information card for security-enhanced identity. A Web site built on Ruby on Rails can accept an information card. There is also an open source information card library project implemented in C, developed by Ping Identity Corp.”
Information about Microsoft open source interoperability identity card projects can be found at:
- Java, sourceforge.net/projects/informationcard.
- Ruby, www.informationcardruby.com.
- C, www.codeplex.com/informationcard
When support for information cards within the Zend Framework (an open source PHP application framework for developing Web applications and Web services) is enabled, users who access PHP-enabled Web sites will receive consistent user control of their digital identities and improved confidence in the authentication process for remote applications, all with greater security than password-based Web logins offer. Zend Technologies’ implementation of information cards lets users provide their digital identities in a familiar, security-enhanced way. They are analogous to business cards, credit cards or membership cards that people use every day.
I guess everyone familiar with this blog knows I've developed a deep affection for PHP myself, so I'm very happy to see this.