I’m happy to say I was invited by Microsoft to join their MSDN Live tour in Norway this spring. I’ll be talking about Windows Identity Foundation (WIF) (used to be Geneva) which I find to be at great help simplifying authentication and authorization in small shops as well as in the enterprise.
I’ll be showing how you can take advantage of Claims (link is a PDF) in your applications today and why that is a good idea, how to easily integrate with Active Directory using Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS), how to create a custom Security Token Service (STS) and cover parts of the tiny topic of: how to do Federation in the enterprise :-)
Remember that the concepts around WIF, like Claims and STS, is nothing new and is not something that Microsoft has invented. It’s been around for many years and are supported on many platforms as well as programming languages.
Personally I’m quite excited about this new framework, cause it particularly helps us at Frende solve some pain points we’ve had to tackle around authentication with a lot of different sign-on methods and applications, and ease the use of SSO. We can now delete a lot of code, since WIF takes care of a lot of the plumbing we previously had to do ourselves. Less code to maintain is always good!
For more information about the agenda, have a look at Rune Grothaug’s blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/grothaug/pages/msdn-live-april-2010-en-fest-for-utviklere.aspx
I expect the official MSDN Live and TechNet site to be updated with the spring agenda very soon: http://www.microsoft.no/live/
The cities and dates are:
Stavanger: 16th of April
Trondheim: 20th of April
Bergen: 23rd of April
Oslo: 26th of April