In meteorology, an okta is a unit of measurement used to describe the amount of cloud cover at any given location such as a weather station. Sky conditions are estimated in terms of how many eighths of the sky are covered in cloud, ranging from 0 oktas (completely clear sky) through to 8 oktas (completely overcast). In addition, in the SYNOP code there is an extra cloud cover indicator '9' indicating that the sky is totally obscured (i.e. hidden from view), usually due to dense fog or heavy snow.

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  • React was designed to make it painless to create interactive UIs. Its state management is efficient and only updates components when your data changes. Component logic is written in JavaScript, which means you can keep state out of the DOM and create components that are encapsulated. Developers like CRUD (create, read, update, and delete) apps because they show a lot of the base functionality tha...

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  • Todd McKinnon and I have long shared a vision of building an iconic technology company. We will only achieve that vision if we continue innovating — and if we bring on the best people to drive that innovation. That’s why I’m thrilled to announce that we’ve acquired ScaleFT, an early pioneer in Zero Trust, which will bring automatic firepower to both our security offerings and our team. It should c...

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  • The cloud has paved the way for innovation across multiple industries: healthcare, financial services, and education, to name a few. The opportunities for government agencies to leverage modern technology are also extensive and abundant. The continued use of legacy technology is rife with heavy maintenance costs and increasing security risks signals the need for imminent change. Okta is well posit...

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  • So you’ve found yourself writing a command line script and needing to talk to an API that uses OAuth 2.0? The typical approaches to getting an OAuth access token from a command line script usually involve copying and pasting the authorization code into the terminal. But we can do better! In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to write a command line script which is able to complete the OAuth exchang...

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  • At Okta, partners are at the center of what we do. From the Okta Integration Network (OIN) to our Technology Partners to our GSI and Solution Providers, partners are a part of our DNA. We’re an integration company and our success is predicated on the fact that we have a strong partner ecosystem – our partners are critical to our customers and our business. They are helping us take identity mainstr...

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  • Flask is my favorite Python web framework. It’s minimal, it’s fast, and most of all: it’s fun. I love almost everything about Flask development, with one exception: user management. User management in Flask, just like in many other web frameworks, is difficult. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve created user databases, set up groups and roles, integrated social login providers, handled password...

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  • A lot has happened in the last five years of software development. What it means to build, deploy, and orchestrate software has changed drastically. There’s been a move from hosting software on-premise to public cloud and shift from virtual machines (VMs) to containers. Containers are cheaper to run than VMs because they require fewer resources and run as single processes. Moving to containers has...

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  • I think you’ll like the story I’m about to tell you. I’m going to show you how to build a GraphQL API with Vesper framework, TypeORM, and MySQL. These are Node frameworks, and I’ll use TypeScript for the language. For the client, I’ll use React, reactstrap, and Apollo Client to talk to the API. Once you have this environment working, and you add secure user authentication, I believe you’ll love th...

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  • There are a lot of JavaScript frameworks out there today. It seems like I hear about a new one every month or so. They all have their advantages and are usually there to solve some sort of problem with an existing framework. My favorite to work with so far has been React. One of the best things about it is how many open source components and libraries there are in the React ecosystem, so you have ...

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  • Identity matters because we’re all unique. We were raised in different places. We have unique backgrounds. We’ve faced specific challenges. And we've learned a lot along the way. At Okta we believe those experiences equip us to look at the world with our own perspective. But it’s no secret that tech is lacking in diversity. Whether you look around or read the headlines, it’s clear this is one of t...

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  • Have you ever found yourself building an app and needing to add authentication, dreading the thought of setting up yet another username and password database? In this post, I’ll show you how easy it is to use Okta to add authentication to a simple PHP app in 5 minutes. By leveraging Okta’s simple OAuth API, we can breeze past most of the challenges involved in authenticating users by letting Okta ...

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  • If you’re building or managing an API, you’re probably using an API gateway to help you manage it. Hopefully, you’re also using OAuth and an identity provider (IdP) like Okta to secure your API through the gateway. Maybe you’ve also discovered that getting the “OAuth dance” working properly among the gateway, IdP, and application can be tricky. I’ve worked with a lot of different API gateways and...

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  • Nonprofit organizations (NPOs) have full plates—not only do they devote their time to making the world a better place, but oftentimes their employees also have to manage complex IT processes in-house, putting additional stress on their team. With most of their budgets and resources dedicated to their central mission, it can prove challenging for NPOs to devote time to alleviating this IT burden. B...

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