Could you please recommend tutorials on developing one's own authentication mechanisms, without the use of industrial-strength plugins? Is this tutorial from 2006 obsolete? http://www.aidanf.net/rails_user_authentication_tutorial I spent several person-days trying to install and use restful_authentication, but it was mostly a frustrating, labor-intensive exercise in futility. [1, 2] I then found this prescient article by David Heinemeier Hansson from 2005: http://weblog.rubyonrails.org/2005/11/11/why-engin... I don't share his philosophical issues with pluggable engines, but in practice, he seems to have been spot on. Impressive!  The current issues are FixtureClassNotFound errors in the out-of-the-box unit tests on Debian; I've tried Ruby 1.87 and 1.9.1, each with two variations of restful-authentication: http://svn.techno-weenie.net/projects/plugins/rest... http://github.com/technoweenie/restful-authenticat... (Why are those different, anyway?) FWIW, after some minor bug-fixing, the plugin works fine on Mac OS X.  I've also had headaches with git, which has a steep learning curve, no matter how vehemently Linus decrees otherwise.
on 2009-04-03 18:37
on 2009-04-03 19:10
Just for the record I installed and setup restful_authentication with no problems. Persevere with git. It seems strange at first if you have been used to svn but after a while you will wonder how you managed without it. Particularly if you use it on your own projects. Colin 2009/4/3 Jeff Schwab <firstname.lastname@example.org>
on 2009-04-03 23:35
On Apr 3, 9:36 am, Jeff Schwab <j...@schwabcenter.com> wrote: > Could you please recommend tutorials on developing one's own > authentication mechanisms, without the use of industrial-strength plugins? Sure thing: http://railscasts.com/episodes/21-super-simple-aut... Cheers, Mark Turner
on 2009-05-10 16:26
On Apr 3, 12:36 pm, Jeff Schwab <j...@schwabcenter.com> wrote: > I spent several person-days trying to install and use > restful_authentication, but it was mostly a frustrating, labor-intensive > exercise in futility > The current issues areFixtureClassNotFounderrors in the > out-of-the-box unit tests This issue went away when I tried script/generate authenticated user sessions rather than script/generate authenticated users sessions The plugin itself does not seem to have any problem with the plural "users", but the tests die (error, not failure) with unintuitive output.