OAuth is an open standard for secure Authentication. It allows applications and services to authenticate to SmugMug and other OAuth-enabled APIs without needed to know or store the users’ sensitive login and password information. I imagine at some point OAuth might become the *only* way to authenticate to our API, so I’d at least start playing with it now.
See the documentation of this OAuth implementation for the technical details. OAuth joins other open standards supported by SmugMug, including OpenID.
Although OAuth is a relatively new standard we're seeing increased interest from API providers, large and small. OAuth has been covered previously on ProgrammableWeb since its launch last fall:
- OAuth Spec 1.0 = More Personal Mashups?
- OAuth Coming to All Google Data APIs
- Photobucket Releases Public API
- Yahoo Launches Fire Eagle