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Most of the project participants didn't come to the project with the kind of skills enumerated, but they reflect the baseline at which we get significant productivity from a contributor. Some of the cultural factors that are harder to describe include:

  • being a self-starter, we don't hold hands well
  • good diagnostic skills in problem resolution
  • being a quick learner
  • having a high attention to detail
  • low tolerance for bugs and a focus on correctness and security

Identity Provider (V3)

Foundational
  • Java Server Programming (intermediate)
  • Spring Framework (basic)
  • Windows and/or Unix Systems Programming (intermediate)
  • XML Processing (fluent)
  • HTTP Architecture (fluent)
  • Web Single Sign-On Architecture (basic)
Data / IDM Integration
  • Distributed Systems (fluent)
  • IDM (basic)
  • Domain specific knowledge (depends on use case being developed)
Authentication
  • Distributed Systems (fluent)
  • Expertise with the relevant authentication technology
  • Java / Web UI (intermediate)
User Interface Extensions (e.g., Consent, Terms of Use, Administration)
  • Java / Web UI (expert)
Packaging / Installation
  • Generally involves highly specialized tools / skills with packaging or installation frameworks
SAML Profile Development
  • SAML (expert)
  • XML Signature / Encryption, TLS, PKI (basic)
  • HTTP / SSO (expert)
  • Spring Web Flow (basic)

Similar skills required for other protocols (substituting their requirements).

OpenSAML-J (V3)

  • SAML (expert)
  • Java Programming (intermediate with strong design skills)
  • Windows and/or Unix Systems Programming (intermediate)
  • XML Processing (expert)
  • XML Signature / Encryption, TLS, PKI (expert)
  • HTTP Architecture (expert)
  • Distributed Systems (fluent)

Centralized Discovery Service

Foundational
  • Java Server Programming (intermediate)
  • Spring Framework (basic)
  • XML Processing (fluent)
  • HTTP Architecture (fluent)
User Interface
  • Java / Web UI (expert)

Metadata Aggregator

Foundational
  • Java programming (intermediate)
  • Spring Framework (basic)
Stage Definitions
  • XML Processing (fluent)
  • XML Signature / Encryption, PKI (basic)
  • Domain specific knowledge for relevant SAML extensions
Web Service
  • Java Server Programming (intermediate)
  • HTTP Architecture (fluent)

Service Provider (V2)

Foundational
  • C++ Programming (intermediate, experience with STL a must)
  • Windows and/or Unix Systems Programming (intermediate)
  • Network Programming (basic)
  • XML Processing (fluent)
  • HTTP Architecture (fluent)
  • Web Single Sign-On Architecture (fluent)
  • Apache / IIS / other Extension Programming (intermediate)
Data / IDM Integration
  • Distributed Systems (fluent)
  • IDM (basic)
  • Domain specific knowledge (depends on use case being developed)
Packaging / Installation
  • RPM (fluent)
  • Windows Installer (fluent)
SAML Profile Development
  • SAML (expert)
  • XML Signature / Encryption, TLS, PKI (basic)
  • HTTP / SSO (expert)
  • Spring Web Flow (basic)

Similar skills required for other protocols (substituting their requirements).

OpenSAML-C (V3)

  • SAML (expert)
  • C++ Programming (intermediate with strong design skills, experience with STL a must)
  • Windows and/or Unix Systems Programming (expert)
  • XML Processing (expert)
  • XML Signature / Encryption, TLS, PKI (expert)
  • HTTP Architecture (expert)
  • Distributed Systems (fluent)
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