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Site Authentication Manager Public Announcement
Written by SAM Code Team   
Wednesday, 13 December 2006

We have received several queries about the status of our Site Authentication Manager, and wanted to update everyone with respect to the latest movement on this codebase.

Shortly after announcing the impending Alpha release of Site Authentication Manager, we aquired a sponsor who asked us to rescope the project. Our new sponsor is a technology company who wanted to make a contribution to the open source/free community and had use for the newly scoped project. We are pleased to Welcome REVShare (an industry leader in CPA television advertising) to our project.

Originally planned to do nothing more than correlate users and sessions between multiple third party applications (we had this working on several websites), we were now being asked to integrate a page rendering and permission (role based - we were dreaming of taking that one on already) framework into the existing codebase.

This lead to discussions about refactoring, then redesigning from the ground up for the entire code base. This has been a major rewrite and we are now approaching an Alpha release again, expected to be shortly after the first of 2007 (sometime in first quarter).

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 December 2006 )
Open and Free, a discussion about freedom
Written by Steve Graham   
Wednesday, 05 April 2006

We have been arguing the merits of the concepts "open" and "free" for a while now within this team's discussions regarding licensing, and have come to a point where we need to make decisions regarding some of our commercial and "free" scripts.

We are strong proponents of the GNU licensing models, both general and lesser. In each of these instances a user has the option to make any appropriate modifications to a script for their own internal use, and to distribute those changes under like licensing. This gives to each of us the option of customizing those scripts in a way that brings maximum benefit for our own usage, and if applicable to others, the option to redistribute that software/application/script to others who could also benefit from our modifications.

This is an ideal model, and one that has led to tremendous development efforts being brought to bear for many of the larger open source initiatives that we all love and use.

But as is usually true with any definition of "free" and "open", these GNU models also have drawbacks that need to be addressed. While allowing maximum freedom to an end user, they do represent some compromise for contributors who wish to make commercially available products that use/employ/or run under products that adhere to these licensing models. Consider the following:

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 April 2006 )
Site Authentication Manager nearing Alpha Release!
Written by Steve Graham   
Monday, 03 April 2006

We are getting very close to an alpha release of our Site Authentication Manager (working name).

The goals of this project are to provide very granular user access permission to varying areas of a website, its scripts and their sessions. SAM is also being designed to preauthentice users as they enter other scripts. In this context, SAM becomes something of a "Super Bridge" that maintains its own user database and sessions, and uses its knowledge of third party scripts to ensure users a "seamless" experience while navigating through the various applications or scripts the webmaster has chosen to include.

SAM will create sessions for users as they go from script to script, ensure they belong to that user, and do it all from a single login event. SAM can also be implemented by script writers who do not wish to go through the process of creating authentication components for thier scripts. It can easily be incorporated with a single include statement in the script, and an accompanying configuration file.

Important Changes in Joomla 1.08
Written by Steve Graham   
Sunday, 12 February 2006

The Core Development Team at has announced two key changes for Joomla 1.08 (which will be released soon). If you are one of our regular readers or customers, these may familiar to you as they are subjects we have been devising hacks for (and using on customer sites) for a while now.

We were very fortunate in being able to get the attention of the Core Developers for these issues, and think they represent important changes to Joomla.

Joomla 1.08, and the newer code base for Joomla 1.1 will now have the following included:

Last Updated ( Saturday, 11 March 2006 )
Decision time coming: Joomla vs. Mambo
Written by Steve Graham   
Tuesday, 07 February 2006

Its finally happening.  With the releases of both Joomla 1.1 Alpha, and Mambo 4.6, Divergence is reaching a point where it won't be too long before component, module, and mambot (now plug in for Joomla) developers will have to support two different code conventions in order to support both projects.

After a careful reading of the code base for Joomla 1.1 Alpha, here is what we are seeing:

Last Updated ( Saturday, 11 March 2006 )
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