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This book consists of exerpts of letters written by Princess Lieven to Prince Metternich, that she chose to save. It is a fascinating insight into someone who was very prominent during the Regency and the reign of George IV. I enjoyed it very much. However, since it is not complete copies of the letters themselves, and his replies are not included, it does not give a complete picture. I would recommend this to anyone interested in England during the Regency or Victorian eras.
Probably a must read if you're working with OpenId as anything other than a simple plug-in for your website. Rafeeq does a fair job of walking the reader through the most common scenarios and a few that a not so common, like enterprise deployment. I'm in the process of writing a dotnet version of an OpenId provider and this book has been a great reference. As far as a technology, I think OpenId is a good idea for social websites and combined with something like OAuth can give a complete package for simple authorization and user management. However, I don't think it's a good idea to deploy it as an intranet or inner-enterprise tool [like I'm doing now, but that's just the way it works sometimes]. I think SAML is probably a better solution in that environment. However, if you find yourself in my situation, and you need a reference to make OpenId work in an enterprise solution or you need to turn OpenId into an Single Source Sign-on solution, it can't hurt to give Rafeeq's book a read. The examples in the book are in PHP, but it's not difficult to figure out what's going on. I wasn't able to find the source code for the examples though, because most of the websites referenced in the book are now completely gone. However, there seem to be a lot of open source OpenId libraries. A little searching on the web and you should be able to find almost anything you need to meet your OpenId needs. [The book is getting 3 stars because of the all the dead links.]