The end of 2010 wrap up
The end of 2010 was very intense and interesting for the SMART project. We have attended three big events: Internet Identity Workshop 11, Devoxx and Middleware 2010 Conference. It was a great opportunity to get feedback on our current work as well as hear news from the Internet identity and the developers world.
At the beginning of November we went from windy and rainy Newcastle to Mountain View for the 11-th Internet Identity Workshop (IIW). Even though it takes about 15 hours to get there, we never regret meeting great people and hearing what new things are happening at Facebook, Google, Yahoo and within the whole identity ecosystem. Among many interesting presentations, personally I really liked the Janrain’s talk about social login and sharing for online retailers as well as Google’s presentation of results of their research on OpenID usability. Of course there was Eve Maler presenting User Managed Access. I am very happy that with every next IIW there are more people asking about UMA. We definitely need to speed up with our prototype implementation. Together with Maciej we did a session on our Java implementation of OAuth 2.0 – leeloo library. We discussed how to use leeloo to build OAuth clients, authorization and resource servers. Apart from that, there was a really great discussion with session attendees about good patterns of building OAuth enabled applications.
We hardly had time to rest after IIW because just a week later we went to Antwerp. This Belgium city hosted Devoxx, the biggest in Europe and world’s second conference for Java developers. With more than 100 speakers and 3000 attendees it is great place to discuss technical issues and hear opinions on UMA from the developer community. The SMART project did two presentation describing the UMA flow and showing prototype of UMA/j – a Java framework for building UMA compliant Web applications.
UMA/j framework was also a topic of our paper: Implementation of User-Managed Access Framework for Web 2.0 Applications that has been accepted for the Middleware for Service Oriented Computing (MW4SOC) Workshop at Bangalore, – the Sillicon Valley of India. Bangalore is a really crazy city, completely different from what I’ve seen in US or Europe. I made there a presentation, as well as showed a poster, explaining design and main components of the UMA/j framework. There were many people interested in how UMA tries to solve a problem of authorization and data sharing in the cloud.
We’re looking forward to 2011 when we hope to have at least the same amount of opportunities to present our work, get feedback and learn new things that will be beneficial for our research and the SMART project.