LDAP/JNDI Service for Project OpenPTK

Today we posted an announcement related to a new feature that was just added to Project OpenPTK. The new feature is a Service that enables OpenPTK-based applications to provision users to LDAP-based directory servers.

Why is this important? The new LDAP/JNDI Service demonstrates that User Provisioning applications (which leverage Project OpenPTK consumer interfaces) can be abstracted from the back-end user repository. Prior to this announcement, OpenPTK-based applications could only leverage the SPML Service. Developers can now build User Provisioning interfaces that could use LDAP for Search and Read operations while SPML would be used for Create, Update and Delete operations.

The Test Samples and Example applications provided in the Project OpenPTK source download have been tested with both LDAP/JNDI and SPML. The Command Line and User Management Lite examples can easily switch between back-end user repositories by either updating a configuration file or by specifying a context at run-time.

The OpenDS directory server was used for development and testing. It was so easy to download, install and configure. Another must have tool, if your working with LDAP, is the Apache Directory Studio.

This is just the beginning of what the Project OpenPTK team has planned for this new LDAP/JNDI Service.

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