Before migrating over to MySQL as the officially “blessed” database engine, Known previously used MongoDB.

The support for this was provided by the PECL extension ‘mongo’, which while supported in PHP5.4, was later deprecated and completely removed in PHP 7. This left early adopters, like myself, no upgrade path to PHP 7.

The end goal I believe, is to build a bullet proof import/export function into Known and get everyone over onto MySql, however in order to give us a little more runway, I took the opportunity to rewrite the mongo database driver to use the newer (and supported) MongoDB driver.

This pull request completely replaces the existing mongo code with a backwards compatible version built on the newer MongoDB driver, handling both database and GridFS.

Of course, while it does pass unit tests, this is a big change, so I encourage existing mongo users to kick it about for a bit, and also be sure to take a full backup of your existing stuff before rolling out this change.

Let me know your thoughts!

Like with other free software / indieweb projects, lot of development discussion regarding Known takes place on the IRC channel #Knownchat.

I lurk there, but I kept missing stuff, and besides it’s useful to have a log of some of the conversations. I think the founders were going to set something up, but since I know they’re very busy, I thought it’d be useful to hack something together until something better comes along.

So, I hacked together a quick bot IRC logging bot.

This bot outputs logs in Markdown, and I’ve set up a quick cronjob that will take those logs once a day and push them to a github repository for everyone to see.

Pending something better, I thought this might be useful. Standard caveat; these logs should in no way be considered “official” or endorsed by the project, I made them for my own use with hopes that they’ll be handy for other folk as well.

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OAuth is a technology that allows a user to connect a client to a service, but without that user needing to enter their password.

The usual way this works is that a user clicks on a button, and are taken to a page asking whether they wish to allow the connection. Under the bonnet a handshake is going on between the client and server, resulting in an exchange of tokens.

If you’ve ever used the “Facebook connect” or “Sign in with twitter” buttons, you are likely familiar with this.

Known has a comprehensive API, and while it is possible to authenticate yourself to it using signed HTTP headers, I thought it’d be handy to be able to authenticate with OAuth as well (it was an excuse for me to write the code powering the server side of an OAuth exchange, a good way to understand it!).

The plugin I wrote lets a user manage “applications” – collections of keys – which can be used by an OAuth2 client to power an exchange.

Example Usage

Here is an example of client authentication in it’s most basic…

To get a code:<your API Key>&redirect_uri=<path to your endpoint>

You will be directed to a log in page, followed by a confirmation page as necessary, after which you will get a response code back. This response will either be a JSON encoded blob, or if you specified a redirect_uri, the values will be forwarded as get variables.

Exchanging the code for a token<your API Key>&redirect_uri=<path to your endpoint>

You should get back a json encoded blob with an access token, expiry and refresh token.

Once you’ve performed an OAuth exchange, you will be provided with an access token. You can pass this token along with any web service API call to authenticate your request.

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