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Programming Social Applications by Jonathan LeBlanc

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A Brief Tour of Open Source Standards

Most major Internet-based companies implement some measure of open source standards. Whether it’s authentication and authorization technologies such as OpenID and OAuth, or the simple metadata tagging of the Open Graph protocol to integrate a Facebook Like button, the industry has embraced the value of open source standards and what they offer to its businesses.

In the sections that follow, we’ll try to answer a few of the most common questions that arise on the topic of open source standards.

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