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RESTful Java Patterns and Best Practices by Bhakti Mehta

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Authentication and authorization

In the past, organizations needed a way to unify the authentication for users in an enterprise. Single sign-on is a solution to keep one repository for usernames and passwords that can be used across the different applications in an enterprise.

With the evolution of service-oriented architectures, organizations needed a way so that the partners and other services could use the APIs and there needed to be a way to simplify the sign-on process across the various applications and platforms. The need grew with the generation of social media with various platforms opening up, the APIs and an ecosystem built with a myriad of applications, and a multitude of devices using the platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. ...

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