The Authentication API

So we’ve been talking to a lot of users who would like more control over who gets access to their wikis, and how. Some people really like the fact that we’re hosted and secure but want to use a behind-the-firewall LDAP server to authenticate users. Others have custom single-signon solutions (like Stanford’s WebAuth). Others yet want to support completely separate authentication measures, like being able to use Facebook, AIM, or Yahoo! to sign on. We’d like to support all of you, but only have so much time in the day. So we’ve gone and made something totally new, that nobody else in the wiki space can give you – an Authentication API.

What this will let you do is code your own web service that will authenticate a user against PBwiki however you want. We’re still sketching out the technical details but we’d love if you could take a peek and let me know what you think. 🙂

Published by David Weekly

I like starting things. I founded PBworks (originally PBwiki) and am the cofounder of SuperHappyDevHouse and Hacker Dojo. I advise a dozen startups and am a mentor for Founders Institute, i/o Ventures, and Women 2.0.

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