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= Aurora
== Simple Authentication and and User Management System

Aurora is a simple approach to authenticating users for applications with
varied permissions requirements and abstracting away the distinct
authentication process from the application in order to keep the application
flexible.

This allows for multiple applications all to interface with the same process
and not be concerned about the changing authentication process: switching
processes can be transparent to all of your apps.

== Halcyon

Aurora is written on top of Halcyon, a JSON Web Server App Framework built on
Rack. This allows for Aurora to be thin, lightweight, and fast.

== Development Status

Aurora is currently under restructure as Halcyon moves to a new architecture.
Documentation will be updated accordingly. These changes will make it easier to
specialize the authentication process and other features of Aurora to better
match the needs of your environment.

== Notes And Considerations

For the Authenticator class, have it test to see if self.authenticate is
defined, otherwise, use #authenticate so Authenticators don't have to be
instanciated unless they need to define initialize for connecting to
resources, etc.

This might also be addressed if Authenticators have to inherit from a Base
Authenticator which can provide a hook for self.startup, for instance.

== Contact

Please mail bugs, suggestions and patches to <mailto:chiology@gmail.com>.

You are also welcome to join the #aurora-sas channel on irc.freenode.net.

Our website is up so stop by and check out what's going down. Our address is
http://aurora.rubyforge.org/. On there you will find information about our
mailing list as well, so do stop by.

== License and Copyright

Copyright (C) 2007 Matt Todd <http://purl.org/net/maraby>.

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy
of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to
deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the
rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or
sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is
furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in
all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR
IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY,
FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL
THE AUTHORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER 
IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN
CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

== Links

Halcyon:: <http://halcyon.rubyforge.org/>
Aurora:: <http://aurora.rubyforge.org/>

Rack:: <http://rack.rubyforge.org/>
JSON:: <http://json.rubyforge.org/>

Matt Todd:: <http://maraby.org/>
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