Watching Vittorio Bertocci‘s Windows Identity Foundation (WIF) introductory talk at PDC as well as the recording of the excellent talk Microsoft Architect Hervey Wilson gave on this subject at PDC09 brought back wonderful memories of long discussions (and arguments ;-)) I had with Stelios, Manolis, Dimos and Stavros back when I was working at DOL, on Federated identity and Microsoft’s offerings on that area.
To be honest I skimmed through Hervey’s session rather too quickly, got a little confused, jumped over to Vittorio Bertocci’s session and then … gave up. I decided that I needed to look at the whole WIF thing another time – and ideally in a more structured way than just watching a PDC session 🙂
So today I found out that there is a much more structured way to learn about Windows Identity Foundation (WIF) and Azure. The new identity developer training kit and channel9 training course, announced today, contain a new hands-on lab, Federated Authentication in a Windows Azure Web Role Application, which provides step-by-step guides for hosting in Windows Azure (WAZ) a Web application accepting identities from an external identity provider, leaving you free to focus on the business function of your application. You can also go here for a standalone version of the lab.
So if you’re really interested on this subject I suggest you take a look at them, I know I will.