Re: [yws-flickr] API Key distribution in open source code?
- This question was posted regarding requests made by users of flickrfs (http://flickrfs.sf.net), to provide API Key and Shared Secret along with the (for the end-user) application. The request is quite valid considering that as the usage grows, more and more ppl feel that its an unncessary step to request for key and modify the source code.
Keeping in mind what Stewart has told abt keys, I think the best way to balance both may be to put a DISCLAIMER on download site, and supply the keys.
On 11/8/05, Stewart Butterfield <stewartb@...> wrote:
Manish Rai Jain:
> As per my understanding, API Key is per application. So, shd
> it be ditributed along with the shared secret if the
> application is open source? Or this may cause potential problems?
It depends on the kind of app. If it is code that developers will using,
then it makes sense to get them to get their own key. If it is an actual
end-user application you're distributing, it's better to include the key
(otherwise it is a pain in the ass).
There are cases where someone could use your key to do something bad,
and it might even cause a misunderstanding, but we're clever enough to
find appropriate ways of dealing with it. Keys are essentially a way to
keep things a little cleaner/more organized on our end.
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- I'm going to chime in with one more consideration. If you're building an open source web application that end users can log into via a web interface, you can't really distribute your API Key. Each instance of that software will need its own API key because it will need its own authentication callback script. It would be silly for dozens or hundreds of installs to send their callbacks to your server which would have to bounce them back to the originating one. In some cases, this might be desirable, but not in most cases.
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