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I had the idea of writing this "book" - a consolidation of documentation on Grouper - after implementing Grouper at Cardiff University, and having joined the Grouper developer team to contribute some code. It seemed clear to me that the best way for me to make a difference to the project would be to add to the documentation so that more people could come to understand what Grouper is, what it can do, and how to implement it. As I write, I'm halfway through a course to become a sailing instructor, so you may have to forgive the odd nautical reference.

This book is divided into four sections:

  1. Introductory Information is meant to enable you to understand what Grouper is and what it can do from a high-level. After reading this section, you should have a fair idea of whether Grouper could fit your institution's requirements.
  2. The Grouper Core section contains practical information about getting Grouper up and running in a test environment so you can test its features. The section then takes you through planning and installing into a live installation of Grouper. It also covers administrative tasks, and should provide you with enough information to get a Grouper system up and running.
  3. Getting more from Grouper covers integration of Grouper into your environment. It includes interacting programmatically with Grouper and provisioning of groups to external systems. This section should enable you to make the most of your Grouper installatio.n
  4. Deep Dive into Grouper covers more advanced topics, including a look at the Grouper architecture and how you can contribute to further development.

Please, please, please get in touch with me if there are any mistakes, anything missing or anything that you have to add.

Rob Hebron - rob@sharemail.com

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