Intuit Data Services + Windows Azure + Identity

This week, we completed a small PoC for brabant court, a customer that is building a Windows Azure application that integrates with Intuit’s Data Services (IDS). A couple words on mabbled from brabant court. Mabbled is a Windows Azure app (ASP.NET MVC 3, EF Code First, SQL Azure, AppFabric ACS|Caching, jQuery) that provides complementary services…


ACS as a Federation Provider – Claims transformation

To work properly, a-Order needs a number of claims to be supplied: User name Organization Role The "Organization” claim is used to filter orders belonging to a specific customer of Adatum. For example, Litware users (like Rick) will eventually end up with a token containing a claim with “Organization=Litware”. All this is done in step…


ACS as a Federation Provider–Home Realm Discovery Part 2

In my previous post, I had a question for all you: What would happen if Adatum’s FP didn’t supply ACS with the whr parameter? An the answer is: ….. ACS will simply ask the user!   ACS has no way (besides the whr parameter) of knowing where to go next (unless you configured your app…


Our next project – Claims based Identity and Access Control

Not surprisingly maybe, security in general, and authentication & authorization in particular, is a consistently highly rated concern for our customers. These concerns are especially elevated  with those considering the cloud, because they don’t have as much control on the cloud as they would typically have in their own datacenters. Sometimes, one could argue, for…


Windows Azure Guides in Japanese

I can’t read a single character (except maybe one), but it looks beautiful:


A year’s balance–next project

A little bit late for a year balance since the year has already started, or so I’m told. Anyway, as we prepare for the next project, I reflected on my team’s work for the last 18 months. 18 months is more than a year, so you might wonder why am I doing a year balance…


Tailspin Surveys–Windows Phone 7 edition–A guide to the Guide

  As adopted in all our recent guides, here’s a quick map for the entire “Windows Phone 7 Developer Guide” . No promises of course on the final scope. We might end up merging some chapters, deleting some other, etc. But this is our current intent. Feedback very welcome!


Tailspin Surveys–Windows Phone 7 edition

Here’s a high level overview of the major components we are planning for Talspin Surveys. A few notes: The backend is essentially an extension to Tailspin surveys as described an implemented in the Windows Azure Architecture Guide (Part 2). There’s now a new services head (an OData/JSON API) that is used by the devices. Tailspin…


Claims Identity Guide samples updated

I’ve just uploaded to CodePlex updated samples for the Claims based Identity Guide. This have all been adapted to work on Visual Studio 2010, .NET 4.0 and MVC 2.0. See here for downloading the bits. From the release notes:                                    Required configuration changes for IIS, DevFabric and Windows Azure Both solutions 1-SingleSignOn and 5-WindowsAzure involve the…


What’s next? Tailspin goes mobile…

Now that the Windows Azure Architecture Guide – Part 2 is “done” (Done = content is complete and production is taking place. Production = index, covers, PDF conversion, etc), our team is ready for the next adventure. Our fictitious ISV, Tailspin, is very innovative and wants to stay on the latest and greatest. Now they…