Inversoft Passport brings a wealth of APIs to IBM Bluemix that allow you to authenticate and authorize users to your application. Supporting industry standard security specifications such as OAuth2 and JSON Web Tokens (JWT), Passport’s OAuth2 implementation comes with theme support to ensure your Web forms look and feel like your brand. User discipline and an event-based webhook system allows for creative integrations and complex service orchestration.
As your application matures and your user base grows, you’ll need a modern interface to perform user management tasks. Localized email templating, powerful search, user analytics and a responsive web interface provide value and allow you to focus on what is important. Anything you can do from Passport’s web interface can also be accomplished via the REST API.
Adding the Passport Service to your Bluemix Dashboard
Let’s get started using Passport on Bluemix. Search for Passport in the Bluemix Catalog, and you’ll be presented with the service tile. Click on the service tile, and you’ll get the Catalog Service Details page, as shown below.
You’ll need a few pieces of information before you can bind this service to your Bluemix application.
If you don’t already have a Bluemix account, you can register for a free 30-day trial.
Your first two weeks are free for any package you select, at the end of your trial period you will have the opportunity to purchase. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any other questions you may have on licensing.
Once you’ve completed registration and you’ve been taken to your Inversoft Account page, you’ll be provided with the information needed to complete your Bluemix integration.
Next, you’ll complete the initial setup wizard. Click on the Passport Backend URL on your Inversoft Account page. This will open up the user interface, and you’ll be presented with the Setup Wizard. Follow our Setup Wizard Tutorial to complete this step.
URLs and API Keys
To complete the Bluemix service integration, you’ll need the Passport Backend URL, Passport Frontend URL, API key and an Application Id. Complete the following tutorials to create an Application and one or more API keys.
The two URLs are defined on your Inversoft Account page; the API key was created during the above tutorial, and the Application Id is available after you have created an application. A Passport application represents a secured resource, in this case that is your Bluemix application.
Now that you have all of the details, you’ll need to complete the Bluemix service connection. Head back to your Bluemix console and enter the values. The following three values will be added to the Passport service as shown in the initial screenshot above:
Passport Backend URL
Passport Frontend URL
The other two pieces of information we’ll need will be added to each Bluemix application specifically as User Defined Runtime Environment Variables. The values in the screenshot are only an example, your values will be different.
You’re done! Now comes the code.
Once the service has been connected to your Bluemix application, these credentials will be available to your application at runtime. The following is an example of the user provided service credentials.
Following the instructions in this blog article, you learned how to bind the Passport service to your Bluemix-built app. At the bottom of this article, you can post comments or questions. Please feel free to post/share your comments and questions!
And, now that you’ve added Passport to your Bluemix app, it’s important to review the seven core strengths:
Reduced Time to Market
Freeform User Data and Segmentation
The next blog post will go into more detail on the seven core strengths mentioned above, so stay tuned!
Documentation and Support
Passport has got great API documentation and even better support! When you contact support, your email will be viewed by a member of the Passport team.
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