Rails saving on LDAP (or directly on a mailserver)

Hi everybody,

I’m a newbie in the Rails world but I like it so much …

One of my friend is rebuildiding a gym+swimminpool and starting from the
next summer there will be a lot of people working in the gym ( like
Barman , swimming teacher , personal trainer … )

My idea (i’m helping my frined on the computer and web parts) is to have
all this people registering themself on the gym website and have theyr
account saved on an LDAP server ( the badge & access system will run on
LDAP)

there is some way to use LDAP as rails database ?

thanks

Simone R. wrote:

Hi everybody,

[snip]

My idea (i’m helping my frined on the computer and web parts) is to have
all this people registering themself on the gym website and have theyr
account saved on an LDAP server ( the badge & access system will run on
LDAP)

there is some way to use LDAP as rails database ?

Not that I’m aware of. Rails is sql-oriented and LDAP is a totally
different animal.

Having said that, OpenLDAP can use a sql database as the store for the
information that it serves up. This requires you to turn your problem
around, using mysql/postgresql for your ldap database and then using
rails to interact with the mysql/postgresql database that happens to
have ldap data in it. It also assumes that you can use OpenLDAP, e.g.
you aren’t already using ActiveDirectory.

http://www.openldap.org/doc/admin24/backends.html#SQL
http://serverfault.com/questions/53608/how-do-i-configure-openldap-to-use-mysql-ubuntu-9-04

Good luck,
gvb

On Mon, 2010-01-18 at 21:28 -0500, Jerry Van Baren wrote:

there is some way to use LDAP as rails database ?

Not that I’m aware of. Rails is sql-oriented and LDAP is a totally
different animal.


wrong

OP might want to check rubyforge.org for ldap but I have used activeldap
which uses LDAP as an activerecord store. There are probably quite a few
and it has been a long time since I used activeldap.

LDAP is of course a database albeit one that is intended to be ‘read
often, written not so often’ so some judgment should be given to what is
stored in LDAP and what would be better off in some SQL db.

Craig

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