Talking Drupal #447 - Drupal Single Sign On

April 22, 2024
Today we are talking about Drupal Single Sign On, The Benefits it brings to the Drupal Community, and A new book called Fog & Fireflies with guest Tim Lehnen. We’ll also cover Username Field as our module of the week.


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  • What is Single Sign On (SSO)
  • Does Drupal already support SSO
  • Why is SSO on important
  • Camps using SSO
  • Other possibilities
  • Gitlab login
  • Cloud IAM
  • Why did the Drupal Association choose Cloud IAM
  • How do you see the collaboration growing
  • Where are we now
  • What are the next steps
  • How far are we from this becoming a reality
  • What does onboarding look like
  • Will third party sites be able to use D.O SSO
  • Can the community help
  • Fog & Fireflies
    • First book
    • Can you buy it now
  • Brief description:
    • Have you ever wanted to have a field on user profiles specifically designed for usernames? There’s a module for that
  • Module name/project name:
  • Brief history
    • How old: created in August 2019 by hussainweb AKA Hussain Abbas of Axelerant
    • Versions available: 2.0.0-beta4
  • Maintainership
    • Actively maintained, that release was made less than 6 months ago
    • Test coverage
    • Number of open issues: 8 open issues, none of which are bugs
  • Usage stats:
    • 1 site
  • Module features and usage
    • The module provides a new field type, along with its own widget and formatter
    • With a simple checkbox, you can get the module to validate that the provided username is registered on
    • What’s really powerful about this module is that it can also pull other information from the profile, such as first and last name, country, bio, and more
    • It does this by leveraging a Guzzle-based API client for that Hussain created as part of a DrupalCon Asia developer contest
    • I believe the intended use of the modules is to use a provided drush command to copy the values from the username field into other fields, where they would be displayed to site visitors
    • Although this module isn’t something that a lot of sites will need, I could see it being really useful for Drupal camp websites, to automatically collect a lot of the information that many such sites ask users to populate manually
    • I think it’s also an interesting use of the API, and could be a useful reference for anyone needing to implement a custom integration