A few days ago, the minds behind OAuth launched the site and declared their spec at 1.0-final. This is big news as many sites are duplicating engineering efforts in creating their own APIs. OAuth is a standardized, open way of managing an API handshake for your web application. OAuth can be implemented by the application provider or by the consumer/widget.
From the front page:
An open protocol to allow secure API authentication in a simple and standard method from desktop and web applications.
It’s a valet key for web applications:
Many luxury cars today come with a valet key. It is a special key you give the parking attendant and unlike your regular key, will not allow the car to drive more than a mile or two. Some valet keys will not open the trunk, while others will block access to your onboard cell phone address book. Regardless of what restrictions the valet key imposes, the idea is very clever. You give someone limited access to your car with a special key, while using your regular key to unlock everything.
At claimID, we’re very excited to see this development, as we’ve been planning for an authenticated API for sometime. We hope to work through our own implementation soon. Congratulations to everyone associated with the OAuth progress. This is another step to making the web more open and interoperable.
As always, our friend Chris Messina is all over it:
Cheers and congrats to all the folks who helped to make this happen. It might be a relatively minor step in terms the development of new technology today, but looking out long enough into the horizon, I think weâ€™re adding a significantly important piece of puzzle thatâ€™s been missing for some time.
Definitely an important piece, and until this past week, a missing piece.
Additionally, OpenID.net got a facelift earlier this week. The new site is much cleaner and does a much better job of explaining what OpenID is, as well as what you can do with one. Congratulations to David Recordon and Scott Kveton for their hard work pulling things together. The OpenID Foundation now has a nicer place to call home as well.
Of course, we’re also tickled to be alphabetically blessed – we’re listed first on the “How do I get an OpenID” page: