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Getting Started with OAuth 2.0 1st Edition

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Programming clients for secure web API authorization and authentication

About the Author

Ryan Boyd is a developer advocate at Google focused on enabling developers to extend Google Apps and build businesses on top of Google technology. He previously worked on OpenSocial and led the developer relations team for Google’s AtomPub APIs. Prior to joining Google, Ryan worked in higher education as a web architect for RIT’s central web hosting environment and as web app developer building admissions and student systems.


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  • Paperback: 82 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (March 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449311601
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449311605
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.2 x 9.2 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Antonio Zugaldia on March 19, 2012
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I've been looking for an OAuth 2.0 book for a while. The specification is still being developed while, at the same time, big Internet players like Google, Facebook, Yahoo, or Twitter are already using some flavor of it. Although as a developer you'll eventually rely on a library to abstract most of the complexity, you still want to understand the big picture. And because OAuth 2.0 is still an ongoing process, the situation is a bit of a mess right now where each authorization server is implementing different revisions with subtle differences.

This is where this book comes in. In about 60-70 pages it clarifies the current situation. It starts providing a historical introduction to the protocol and how it's related with initiatives pre-OAuth 1.0 and with OAuth 1.0 itself (removal of proprietary technologies, improved security). You'll learn the rationale behind this revision (new client profiles in particular) and some of the key features still under discussion. In particular "signatures", where Eran Hammer, the protocol editor, is openly opposed to not including them (and after reading his thoughts, I think he's right).

One chapter I specially loved is the one dedicated to OpenID Connect, the next evolution of OpenId. I've seen developers confused about the differences between OAuth (authorization) and OpenID (authentication) and this book differentiates them well. Interestingly, although they still keep different purposes, the new OpenID Connect will now be developed on top of OAuth-which makes sense, as you'll find out in the book.

The code accompanying the text is just fine. You'll see some actual implementations of the workflow in PHP and JavaScript that are easy to read (even a Google App Engine Python at the end - which I appreciate).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cartoon Head on July 23, 2013
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First, be aware that this book is just 1/8" thick and 66 pages (of which maybe 50 pages are actual content). I mention that because there are books double this price point that contain 600+ pages of actual content. As value goes, the relative price for this book should be closer to $10 or less.

If you are new to this concept, you will still be confused after reading this. The author is not a good teacher, and the presentation style is very formal and technical. The diagrams are not really useful. You can definitely tell this was written by a highly technical person.

The examples are written in PHP. If you use a different language (VS C# or VB), you'll need to translate it on your own.

Most of the information in this book can be found online in the exact same technical format.

I already knew some things about OAuth and just needed a refreshed, so I got what I needed from it. But a "Getting Started" book should be a lot clearer and easier for anyone (with NO experience in the topic) to read and pick up the concepts quickly. This book fails in that regard.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mark L. on April 11, 2012
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Getting Started with OAuth 2.0 by Ryan Boyd is a small book that provides a fair introduction to OAuth 2.0. I think it does a great job at explaining the fundamentals and has a good structure in covering the various applications flows: server-side, client-side, resource owner password, and client credentials. However, even though it's a short book, I find it a bit too verbose for the material covered. It also tries to be helpful in providing tips, recommendations, and the idiosyncrasies of Google's and Facebook's implementations, all scattered throughout the text, which unfortunately is a distraction.

I'd recommend this book if you are new to OAuth and want to read it on a flight. Otherwise, there are online resources that are just as useful. For example, Google's Using OAuth 2.0 to Access Google APIs seems to cover almost as much content as this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Schwartz on April 10, 2013
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Excellent introduction to the topic of OAuth2. Much of the content is focused on differences between Google and FB's implementations, which won't matter after there is industry alignment on OpenID Connect profile in the not too distant future. My company, Gluu (, has one of the first OpenID Connect implementations, and I have been referring our customers to read Chapter 7 of this book. I wish O'Reilly would publish more information on how domains could launch their own OAuth2 authentication service, not just how web developers use the API, because while sending users to Google or FB for authentication is useful, many domains manage their own user accounts and passwords, and support their own strong authentication mechanisms. Perhaps one day there will be an O'Reilly book on the OX platform. Also, client code examples in Java or Python would be nice, especially for OpenID Connect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Pokkyarath on November 10, 2012
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A great book for client side developers. The flows--server side web application, implicit grant, 2 legged, mobile, OpenID Connect--are explained in easy to understand PHP and JS snippets. As some of the other reviewers have pointed out, if you are looking for a server side implementation, then this book won't help; in that case you may want to directly head over to the specs (1 & 2) and actually they aren't that bad (am currently going through 5849 to get a historical perspective and better understand the disagreements expressed by Eran Hammer and I'm finding it to be pretty well written)
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