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By Niklas Heidloff | Published November 28, 2017 - Updated November 28, 2017
IBM Cloud Functions, based on Apache OpenWhisk, is a Function-as-a-Service (FaaS) platform, which executes functions in response to incoming events and costs nothing when not in use. It kicks up when the code is run, and it goes away when not needed. In this developer code pattern, we demonstrate how to utilize IBM Cloud Functions with OAuth 2.0 to enable the authentication and authorization in a web app.
Web apps need authentication and authorization. This seems redundant, yet for so many years, there has been no reusable solution. OAuth definitely took a big step forward by introducing third-party authentication and authorization. Still, authentication and authorization takes up a lot of deployment packaging and hosting resources, considering users only log in once for a relatively long time.
In this code pattern, we have a web app written in Angular. We will set up the Google OAuth API so users can log in to their Google accounts via OAuth. Of course, in the web app, the code already exists to invoke IBM Cloud Functions. We still need to define the actions via the IBM CLI. After we wire everything up, we can see how the login process invokes the IBM Cloud Functions action to fire the OAuth request to the Google API and return the token to the Angular web app. Note that the web app doesn’t have to be hosted in a specific environment; it just needs to reach the serverless APIs.
Ready to put this code pattern to use? Complete details on how to get started running and using this application are in the README.
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