What is your favourite authentication gem and why?

What is your favourite authentication gem and why?
Right now I have 4 to choose from (Cancan, Clearance, Rails
Casthttp://railscasts.com/episodes/250-authentication-from-scratch)
and I don’t know which one to pick.
I cannot use Device because I’m a beginner at Rails.

CanCan is an Authorization solution, not an Authentication solution.
Devise is Authentication only, and relies on CanCan or another
Authorization framework to do that part of the job. Apples and Oranges,
I’m afraid.

Walter

What’s the difference between an Authentication and Authorisation
solution?
From what I understand, I can use a column in the users table called
level,
and have number *5 *be an admin like if user.level == 5

If you are trying to learn Rails and creating your first app with
authentication, I think it’s a good idea to build it from scratch so you
have a better understanding about what is going on under the hood.

After you have mastered it and/or just want to build your app quickly
with standard authentication features, use Devise to save some time.

Lei

On Mon, Oct 21, 2013 at 11:34 AM, desbest [email protected]

Authentication is “are you who you say you are”. It establishes a
session with the browser, and uses a login to check credentials before
allowing that session to see anything you’ve protected from public view.
Authorization uses a method like you describe, which allows certain
authenticated people to do certain things. You can’t have
authorization without authentication – they build on one another. But
they solve different problems than one another.

Walter

On 21 October 2013 17:34, desbest [email protected] wrote:

What is your favourite authentication gem and why?
Right now I have 4 to choose from (Cancan, Clearance, Rails Cast) and I
don’t know which one to pick.
I cannot use Device because I’m a beginner at Rails.

If you are so much a beginner that Devise is too complex to understand
then first you need to work right through a good tutorial such as
railstutorial.org, which is free to use online.

Colin

I’ve decided to use the authentication system from the Ramaze ruby
framework, as it’s the most simplest. I’ll let you know how it goes.

I’m currently using Rails Tutorial, but there’s a mistake in the book
(which I emailed Michael to be corrected) so now I’m stuck and cannot go
any further.

On 21 October 2013 18:13, tynamite [email protected] wrote:

I’m currently using Rails Tutorial, but there’s a mistake in the book (which
I emailed Michael to be corrected) so now I’m stuck and cannot go any
further.

Explain the problem here, probably someone will be able to help.
Start a new thread though so it does not appear under this subject
line.

Colin

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