Use Okta (Instead of Local Storage) to Store Your User’s Data Securely

avatar-matt_raible.jpg Matt Raible

Local Storage is a JavaScript API technically known as localStorage that arrived with HTML5. It allows you to store information on a user’s browser quickly and easily. There are many debates on the web as to whether it’s better than cookies. Some say it’s faster (because it doesn’t send data with every request like cookies do) and more secure. Whether it’s more secure or not is debatable, especially when compared with secure cookies that have...

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Protect Your Cryptocurrency Wealth Tracking PWA with Okta

avatar-matt_raible.jpg Matt Raible

Cryptocurrencies are all the rage. Over the last year, the value of Bitcoin alone has risen 1,603%, driving more and more people to wonder if they’re missing out on the “next big thing.” Because of the massive influx of money into cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Monero, and Ripple — blockchain technology (which is the foundation of all cryptocurrency) has become an area of intense technical study. At its core, blockchain technology does nothing more than...

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Two Approaches to Setting Up a MERN Stack Application

avatar-leebrandt.jpg Lee Brandt

The trend I’ve seen in web applications is a backend API written in a server-side technology like Node, with a front-end single-page application written in something like React. The problem with these stacks is that it can be hard to run and deploy them as a single unit. The API and UI will need to be started, stopped and deployed separately. That can be a bit of a pain when developing, and if you are...

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Add Single Sign-On to Your Vert.x Server with Okta

avatar-silas-b.jpg Silas Brazil

Vert.x has continued to gain traction as a contender to the Spring ecosystem, largely due to improved performance and its polyglot accessibility. Fortunately, securing a Vert.x server with industry-leading authentication and authorization is almost as quick and easy as it is in Spring! In just a few minutes, you can have secure single sign-on guarding your server and giving you access to a wealth of information about your users. This tutorial will walk you through...

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Build an App for iOS and Android with Xamarin

avatar-nbarbettini.jpg Nate Barbettini

Xamarin is a cross-platform technology that makes it possible to build native applications for Android and iOS using a single, shared codebase. Like other technologies such as React Native and NativeScript, it allows development teams to spend less time writing code for both platforms. Xamarin is open-source (and free). Under the hood, it uses Mono (a version of the Microsoft .NET runtime), so Xamarin apps are usually written in C#. You can build Xamarin apps...

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Spread Serverless Holiday Cheer with Lambda and API Gateway

avatar-nbarbettini.jpg Nate Barbettini

It’s that time of year again: Christmas music on the radio, festive decorations in the workplace, and a chill in the air. Except in the Southern Hemisphere, where it’s warm and balmy. And on the International Space Station, where the temperature is strictly regulated. But I digress. It’s a season for reconnecting with loved ones, exchanging gifts, and eating delicious food. And, if you’re like me, a little downtime to work on fun projects. Looking...

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Get Started with Spring Security 5.0 and OIDC

avatar-matt_raible.jpg Matt Raible

Spring Security is a powerful and highly customizable authentication and access-control framework. It is the de-facto standard for securing Spring-based applications. I first encountered Spring Security when it was called Acegi Security in 2005. I had implemented standard Java EE in my open source project, AppFuse. Acegi Security offered a lot more, including remember me and password encryption as standard features. I had managed to get “remember me” working with Java EE, but it wasn’t...

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Bootiful Development with Spring Boot and React

avatar-matt_raible.jpg Matt Raible

React has been getting a lot of positive press in the last couple years, making it an appealing frontend option for Java developers! Once you learn how it works, it makes a lot of sense and can be fun to develop with. Not only that, but it’s wicked fast! If you’ve been following me, or if you’ve read this blog for a bit, you might remember my Bootiful Development with Spring Boot and Angular tutorial....

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Use Kong Gateway to Centralize Authentication

avatar-dogeared.jpg Micah Silverman

A customer once asked me: “Hey – Can Okta integrate with Kong?” My first thought was: “What’s Kong?” A Google result later, I was introduced to the Kong API Gateway – an open-source API Gateway and Microservices management layer. Spoiler alert: You totally can integrate Kong with Okta using its OpenID Connect plugin. Still stuck wondering what an API gateway even is? Here’s a metaphor that works for me: You know that sci-fi movie trope...

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Build a Basic CRUD App with Angular 5.0 and Spring Boot 2.0

avatar-matt_raible.jpg Matt Raible

Technology moves fast these days. It can be challenging to keep up with the latest trends as well as new releases of your favorite projects. I’m here to help! Spring Boot and Angular are two of my favorite projects, so I figured I’d write y’all a guide to show you how to build and secure a basic app using their latest and greatest releases. In Spring Boot, the most significant change in 2.0 is its...

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