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  • From: Chris Hyzer <>
  • To: "GW Brown, Information Systems and Computing" <>, "" <>
  • Subject: RE: [grouper-dev] Grouper & Web Services
  • Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2007 13:08:58 -0500
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Gary, thanks for organizing. Here are responses from Penn, and I will be on
the call on Wed.

> 1. what forms of "web services interface" ought to be in the core product
> in, say, the next 1 year?

You mean SOAP vs. REST? Or which operations? We would like SOAP and simple
operations like add/edit groups, add/remove members (individually or in batch)

> 2. should SOAP be supported by the first WS-capable release (which *might*
> also have additional capabilities)?


> 3. what tools are most commonly used on campuses to create WS instances and
> their clients?

We use Axis SOAP, and handcoded REST (but prefer Axis since it does a lot of
code generation)

> 4. what grouper-WS authentication and access control requirements do
> campuses have?

Our central authentication system does not currently support apps (only
people), so anything is fine that has usernames/passwords. E.g. let the app
server or web server do http simple-auth. However, we would like to be able
to lock down a user with a source IP address or subnet. Perhaps a table and
maintenance screen that matches up a username with a source IP addresses or


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