Authentication has changed over the years, and my take on it has surely shifted. No longer is it the scary, intimidating beastie that must be overcome on our projects. Today, we can let external providers provide the authentication mechanisms, giving the user with a streamlined experience that can give them access to our application with previuosly defined credentials.
Let’s have a look at what it takes to allow users to authenticate in our application using GitHub as the login source, and you can check out the Monsters video take of this on Channel 9.
If you’re working on a project where you’ll be sharing code with someone else, particularly if you’re keeping the source code in a public repository, you’re going to want to make sure that sensitive data is separate from your project. This includes things like API keys, tokens for services and perhaps passwords or other similar data.