Paul beat me to it — announcing my newly updated SAML Basics slides before I got off my butt and did it myself. I’ll swallow my pride and just thank him for the kind words…
I’ve been doing talks and tutorials on SAML since 2001, and having tried out this latest material on my XML Summer School attendees, I think it’s really strong now. I feel like I’ve finally got a better handle on explaining federation and how SAML can help you achieve it. We could really go to town with the speech bubbles, for example, using them to explain how to extend SAML to add your own kinds of statements, or describing the different constraints and interpretations that overlay an assertion depending on the profile context.
(I’m not sure what trouble Paul had seeing the animation in the source file, but I know that in OpenOffice.org you start the slide show and then space-bar through it; doing a page-down will skip any animation. If you want to see a flattened-out version, there’s always the PDF.)
UPDATE: I’d be remiss if I didn’t also thank Paul and JeffH for their comments on this latest version.
I defend my rush to publish because that is what Web 2.0 is all about, i.e. to empower all end-users (and not just the content creators) with the ability to comment, review, link, steal, plagiarize, take credit for, etc. Far be it for me to buck this trend.
I considered writing here that your graphic ‘speach bubbles’ gave ‘a voice’ to the protocols but decided against it. Way too hokey
Speaking of speech bubbles:
What Paul says: “…because that is what Web 2.0 is all about, i.e. to empower all end-users (and not just the content creators) with the ability to comment, review, link, steal, plagiarize, take credit for, etc….”
What Eve hears: “…blah blah Ginger blah blah…”
I started working on SAML and Federation concepts probably somewhere around the day this article was written. And always felt like coming back and writing a few words of praise to the awesome work you do! Seems like today is the day… when I have been entrusted with a major standardization project and had to revisit my basics to explain to the crowd! Eve, it always amazed me how simply you could explain such a complicated process. I sure will be back again to draw some inspiration from your presentations!
Valmiki– What a sweet note! Glad I could help. Drop me a line sometime to let me know how your project is going.