plugging blackboard into the matrix

Wed, Oct 7, 2009

I’ve been working on a messaging system using Apache ActiveMQ embedded in Apache Camel, exposing JMS and Stomp topics that applications can use to provision themselves. As it’s basically a view of digital reality in how it relates to account creation, I decided to call it The Matrix. I’ve already plugged ActiveDirectory into it using GADfly and now Blackboard has a Head Plug. It’s a Building Block I developed that pulls from its own topic in The Matrix and the control page is Shibboleth enabled using Guanxi. Access is determined by the value of your urn:mace:dir:attribute-def:eduPersonEntitlement attribute. The control page lets you start and stop the topic consumer as well as troubleshoot and get diagnostic reports, once I’ve done that bit.

It’s nice to see the original concept coming together. Shibboleth, Messaging, Provisioning and a plethora of programming languages. It’s been a real journey to get this point, plugging two high profile systems into The Matrix.

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