Two days ago I found a small parcel in my office mailbox which contained a copy of a new book written by one of my architect evangelist colleagues Vittorio Bertocci together with Garret Serack and Caleb Baker. Its title is:"Understanding Windows Cardspace". And although you my dear reader probably already have a quite good understanding of Windows Cardspace by just following my blogposts regarding Cardspace now and then it is surely worth to have a look at this book.
Usually I do not often recommend other colleague's books as I don't want to degrade my blog to an advertising platform. However in this case I really see a big value for those who want to know a little more about Windows Cardspace. An not only about Cardspace alone but also especially about the context in which Windows Cardspace was created which means reviewing the complete history of digital identities and the evolution of digital crime. I haven't gone through the whole book yet but the first part already was a real highlight as it tells the story about the problems and challenges of identity in the digital world in a very entertaining manner and a non technical language.
After setting the context the book makes an excursion into cryptography to then reiterate the seven laws of identity introduced by Kim Cameron the father of identity at Microsoft who by the way wrote the foreword of the book. After that there is an in detail look at Windows Cardspace as it exists today and its technological foundations such as some of the official web services standards such as WS-Policy, WS-Addressing, WS-Trust and of course WS-Security.
So I'm excitedly looking forward to enjoying the remaining chapters and hope that they are as entertaining as the first chapters. At this point I also want to thank Vittorio very much for sending me the copy and kudos for the excellent work. If you want to check out a sample of the book you can do so free of charge as the complete second chapter is published on CodeProject as a courtesy of the publisher which is very cool.