Authorization on Rails (Ep 540)
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Sam Scott, cofounder and CTO of Oso, joins the home team to talk about what makes authorization a challenge, the difference between authentication and authorization, and what zombies taught him about web development.
Sam’s post “Why Authorization is Hard (opens new window)” covered what makes authorization challenging, some approaches to solving it, and their associated tradeoffs. You can also watch Sam’s talk (opens new window) at PyCon US 2022. Since it’s impossible to address everything that makes authorization hard in just 5,000 words, Sam is currently at work on a follow-up article called “Why Authorization is Hard Part II.”
Sam first learned web development via Rails for Zombies (opens new window), a beginner-level Rails course. In creating Oso, he tasked himself with “putting rails on authorization.”
ICYMI: Read Sam’s post about best practices for securing REST APIs (opens new window) or listen to his previous podcast appearance, where we talked about how Oso makes security easier for developers (opens new window).
Today’s Lifeboat badge (opens new window) winner is OscarRyz (opens new window) for their answer to I am trying to solve ’15 puzzle’, but I get ‘OutOfMemoryError’ (opens new window).