Vittorio Bertocci

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  • Blog Post: Using AAL to Secure Calls to a Classic WCF Service

    [you do remember that this is my personal blog and those are my own opinions, right? ;-)] After the releases we’ve been publishing in the last few months, I am sure you have little doubt that REST is something we are really interested in supporting. The directory uses OAuth for all sorts of workloads...
  • Blog Post: Claims on the Client…

    …and fire in the sky ♫ Don’t you hate it when a technical blog devolves in what is for the most part a series of announcements? That’s kind of what happened to mine. The reality is that making the things which get announced here take an inordinate amount of time, and that every remaining moment (usually...
  • Blog Post: 2 new great reviews for our book, and status after 1/2 year of availability

    It's since April that I don't write about the book (at the time we released the entire Chapter 2 on MSDN ). Last week I received notice that 2 new reviews were published: one is from the Denver Visual Studio User Group , the other is on Paul Van Brenk's blog . Both reviews are extremely nice, for which...
  • Blog Post: New version of the Biztalk Services SDK available, now with support for managed cards

    Almost one year ago I briefly mentioned the Biztalk Service SDK, here and here . A new version has recently been made available: you would not believe the amount of new features that were added to it in this timeframe. The main reason of excitement for me is that this new release supports managed cards...
  • Blog Post: Perspectives.on10.net: podcast interview with Jon Udell on identity & "Understanding Windows CardSpace"

    Jon Udell recently launched a new interesting format on the website perspectives.on10.net. Perspectives is a series of in-depth conversations with passionate innovators. Most work for Microsoft; some work elsewhere; all are advancing the state of the art in areas as diverse as robotics, digital identity...
  • Blog Post: The Tao of Authentication (Part III - last)

    (continues from Part I and Part II ) Finally we've lined up all the elements we need for understanding how we can get rid of the 1-2-3 tyranny, and deal with our business requirements directly instead of relying on an old model that forces us to perform unnecessary steps and introduces artificial dependencies...
  • Blog Post: The Tao of Authentication (Part II)

    (continues from Part I ) You can consider this post and the fine grained analysis we made in Part I as a down payment for grasping the implications we'll see in Part III, which I plan to post in few hours (almost done). I was planning to have just 2 parts, but it came out far too long and I need 3 :...
  • Blog Post: CardSpace & surveillance

    Well, don't get fooled. I'm not going to make any big philosophical considerations about technology and privacy (though I may do that in the future), but I will talk about the little project I've put together after three gintonics & the MIX party at TAO . I am often on the road. When I am homesick...
  • Blog Post: Kim on our book "Understanding Windows CardSpace"

    As mentioned in a post last November , Kim himself made us the huge honor of writing the foreword of our book "Understanding Windows CardSpace" . Today I had the same thrill as, while opening his blog , I've seen he dedicated an entire post to it ! You know, it's a strange feeling to go through the post...
  • Blog Post: NoSSL sample: a class for checking signatures of tokens sent to the RP in clear HTTP

    [Edit: attached the sample app files] In short: I show a simple class that checks the signature of self issued tokens sent on a normal HTTP connection (as opposed to HTTPS); the same class takes care of generating a UniqueID and giving access to claims. It basically covers for the NoSSL case the core...
  • Blog Post: The long-tailed Tasmanian mouse is out of the bag

    You know, even before considering its merits (and they are many): I've always *LOVED* the sheer fact that the Higgins project exists . Higgins in the tangible proof that all this user centered identity talking truly is a movement that touches everyone. You have no idea of how many times, during the many...
  • Blog Post: The Tao of Authentication (Part I)

    From time to time it's healthy to challenge the assumptions, and look at (allegedly) familiar things with new eyes. Few weeks ago I had to do just that with the idea of authentication : I wanted to shake a bit an audience of architects, and make them * think* about the problem instead of relying on the...
  • Blog Post: On Kindle

    Progress , my friends, is a wonderful thing :-)
  • Blog Post: Mike jumps on the OpenID Foundation board of directors

    Good news everyone! Our very own Mike will represent Microsoft on the OpenID Foundation board of directors, which to me seems a natural choice given all the work he has done in that space (for example, this ). Wait a minute, a Microsoft representative in the OpenID Foundation?!? If that surprises you...
  • Blog Post: The entire chapter 2 of "Understanding Windows CardSpace" published on Code Project

    Few days ago I've been notified that the 2nd chapter of our book "Understanding Windows CardSpace" is now available for free online , on the pages of Code Project (takes some time to load from my connection, don't give up). That's a very big chapter, for architects and business decision makers, focused...
  • Blog Post: On the idea of Portable STS (P-STS)

    Already Sunday evening. It was a weird weekend, partially spent under the influx of powerful pain killers (dentist played alpinist with my jawbone: and no, do not expect any aesthetical improvements). That's probably the reason for which I recalled this very specific idiosyncrasy I have for the hype...
  • Blog Post: Rising

    Very impressive! I am sure that this great ranking is also thanks to the readers of this blog... so THANKS :-) Amazon stats are very volatile (I'll make a more detailed post about it), but it's still great. I think this is the best rank we got since publication. I am so glad that the topic elicits all...
  • Blog Post: CardSpace on IlSole24Ore

    [synopsis for the English readers: a financial newspaper in Italy published an article about CardSpace ; I make some considerations about it] Cari lettori italiani, e' parecchio che non scrivo un post nella lingua natia... come e' parecchio che non trovo il tempo di pescare qualche collega italico...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Windows CardSpace on the front page of Channel9

    [ edit: apologies if this shows in your aggregator twice. I am testing the AmazonConnect feed ] Last week Caleb and I have been surprised in my office by Charles "Carlo" Torre and his camera. The result is an impromptu interview about CardSpace , which is currently on the front page of Channel9 (direct...
  • Blog Post: The video "WS-Trust - Under the hood" is back online

    It turns out that the channel9 video on ws-trust was down for (quite?) some time. I am pretty surprised by the number of people that is still checking out that clip! Now it works again, provided that you view it by clicking the download button (which, by the way, points to here ) as shown in the screenshot...
  • Blog Post: Year's end blabbering: Omnidirectional Identities

    On the Paris-Seattle flight, coming back after 2 weeks spent stuffing myself with all sorts of food with the excuse "after all, you can't find this in USA" :) Before hurling myself back in the vortex of daily work, and celebrate the end of the year with something crazy, I want to take some time writing...
  • Blog Post: Another huge CardSpace win goes live: CDiscount

    Those are magical weeks :) With its 5 million users and daily transaction in the tens of thousands, CDIscount.com is among the key web retailers in France. CDiscount wanted to harden the checkout phase and make easier for the user to transmit shipping information. Jean-Francois Gomez , Microsoft France...
  • Blog Post: David Chappell on Identity

    MSDN just published the latest version of David Chappell's paper on the uber story of identity for .NET applications (and beyond, I would add). Recommended!!! With his usual clarity David manages to capture the overall picture and provide a general frame of reference for the base concepts such as tokens...
  • Blog Post: First draft of the book "Understanding Windows CardSpace" available on Rough Cuts

    Ah finally. I waited for this moment a looong time :-) the first draft of "Understanding Windows CardSpace" is available in prerelease online, on Safari Rough Cuts . More details below. It's already few weeks that our book, " Understanding Windows CardSpace ", showed up on Amazon and in the...
  • Blog Post: Video about "the making" of myhealth

    Update about the project I mentioned yesterday : last august Lup Yuen gave a presentation at the Architect Council organized by Linda , and his session was captured & published on channel9 . It's a very interesting ~30 mins, recommended! I can't deny I was super satisfied to hear him mentioning...
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