Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Alice doesn't live here anymore
In developing the Liberty People Service, we often relied on a particular use case (a principal named Bob trying to determine the coordinates of his friend Alice) to help us clarify requirements.
Having one user ask (or more likely a provider asking on behalf of that user) for a resource 'owned' by another, and maintaining the privacy of each through pairwise pseudonyms, presented us with a variety of challenges, both conceptual and technical.
Over time, Bob and Alice (and sometimes the mysterious 'Tony', was he Alice's friend or what? He just kind of showed up) almost became honourary members of the Technology Expert Group.
But, overtime, familiarity bred contempt.
Bob, I am sick and tired of your incessant whining and repeated 'Where are you Alice?'. Take the hint buddy. If she liked you don't you think she'd actually be close enough that you wouldn't have to ask? And Alice, how about being honest for once in your life and just tell Bob how you feel? Women like you make me sick with how you lead guys on!