Overview#If you view a driver configuration as being a data pipeline between an application and eDirectory, it is important to note that many pieces of data that are shared between them may be called by different names.
In an HR application, you may have a "First Name", while in eDirectory you have a "Given Name". A person can easily see that these are the same thing, but computers have to be told. So, in this example, in the "namespace" of the application, you would refer to "First Name", but in the "name space" of eDirectory, you would use "Given Name".
Most of the time in IDM, you will be working with eDirectory attribute names, in the eDirectory namespace.
Some of the time, you may need to work in the application's name space.
Also, keep in mind, LDAP has yet another namespace. The LDAP name for "Given Name" is givenName.
Some of the concepts and even wording was taken from one or more of the following:
- [#1] http://www.novell.com/communities/node/6679/guided-tour-novell-identity-manager
- [#2] http://developer.novell.com/documentation/dirxml/dirxmlbk/ref/dirxmlfaq.html