User Authentication For Web And iOS Apps With AWS Cognito (Part 1)

Developers and organizations alike are looking for a way to have more agility with mobile solutions. There is a desire to decrease the time from idea to test. As a developer, I often run up against one hurdle that can slow down the initial build of a mobile hypothesis: user management. Over the years, I have built at least three user management systems from scratch. Much of the approach can be based on a boilerplate, but there are always a few key items that need to be customized for a particular client. This is enough of a concern that an entire category of user management, authentication and authorization services have sprung up to meet this need. Services like Auth01 have entire solutions based on user and identity management that developers can integrate with. One service that provides this functionality is Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cognito. Cognito is a tool for enabling users to sign up for and sign into web and mobile applications that you create. In addition to this functionality, it also allows for storage of user data offline, and it provides synchronization of this data. As Amazon states, With Amazon Cognito, you can focus on creating great app experiences instead of worrying about building, securing, and scaling a solution to handle user management, authentication, and sync across devices.

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