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OAuth is working here!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009 by Dave Winer.

Q. Define "working." Permalink to this paragraph

A. I made an authenticated call to Twitter and it responded with the correct answer instead of "Invalid OAuth Request." Permalink to this paragraph

Q. How did you do it? Permalink to this paragraph

A. Joseph Smarr patiently worked through the process with me, first making sure it worked with Plaxo and then coaching me on getting it working with Twitter. Permalink to this paragraph

Q. Is there anything you'd like to say to Joseph at this time? Permalink to this paragraph

A. Yes! Thank you thank you thank you. Thanks! ;-> Permalink to this paragraph

Q. Is there anything you'd like to say about OAuth? Permalink to this paragraph

A. OAuth isn't so hard once you got it working, but there are too many docs, too heavy on theory, and there is no validator. Everything Joseph did could have been done in software. I offered to help get the process systematized by remembering what it was like to be a newbie, which I still am, totally. Permalink to this paragraph


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A picture named dave.jpgDave Winer, 53, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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