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PHPBuilder: A Complete, Secure User Login System

May 09, 2000, 20:23 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tim Perdue)

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"When I started seeing spam messages posted to the new column annotation system, I knew I would have to create some sort of user authentication system that helps weed out the losers. I'm the type that would rather write an entire library myself than try to learn something like PHPLib or other similar libraries."

"The library needed to handle registration, confirmation emails, account updates (passwords, emails) among other things. It also needed to be secure while not creating a burden on my overloaded database...."

"The interesting thing about this system is that it could scale up almost infinitely. Since the hard work of this system is done by md5() on the web server, additional servers can be dropped in incrementally to handle the load. The same is not true of an auth system that hammers a database - the database itself eventually becomes the bottleneck."

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