Thursday, January 29, 2004

The New Enterprise Portal

According to a recent Jupiter Research report, 80 percent of companies surveyed has already deployed portals or planned to deploy them in the near future. Yet portal rollouts have been harder than the "simple, out-of-the-box dream that portals seemed to sell in the late '90s," says Nate Root, a senior analyst at Forrester Research.

Read more ....

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Wily Technology Unveils Wily Portal Manager

Wily Technology has announced Wily Portal Manager 4.0 for IBM WebSphere Portal 5.0, a portal management solution which supports IBM WebSphere Portal customers. Portal Manager features real-time monitoring of portal activity, visibility, and offers dashboards summarizing the health of the portal.

For more information on Wily Portal Manager, please go to:

Portal Framework and Wiki

1. JSR 168 Wiki - You will find here lots of JSR 168 and portlet related resources. Other than JSR 168, you will also find resources related to portlet, portal and wsrp etc. As it is a wiki, you can add your own resources which you find missing.

2. This second one is titled "Portals & Portal Frameworks." You will find information on not only java portal and java portlet but also competing technologies like ASP dot net. This page is dedicated to an open source portal project called uPortal. Due to that, you will find some information a little biased towards uPortal. Anyhow, you will find it useful.

Thursday, January 22, 2004

Portal Software Market Share

Today I was looking for the market share of different portal vendors. I found few papers on net. What I concluded is 'Jupiter Research' study is worth to rely-upon. Although the study is now around a year old that means the equation would have changed now. But as I was not able to find any other resource, I had no other options. I hope to see more similar studies in future.

According to Jupiter's data, which shows Oracle in the top spot, with its software accounting for 26% of product deployments. PeopleSoft Inc. holds the number two spot, at 19%, followed by SAP AG with 17% and IBM's WebSphere, at 15%.

We know that picture is worth 1000 words, so here it is –

The study has given 9 % share to others. It is not clear which are the portal products in this category. I guess it would be covered mostly by open source software.

You can get the details from IDG News Service.

Friday, January 16, 2004

More on Portlet Modeling

On Tuesday, I had written about portlet modeling article by "Anthony (Joey) Bernal." Hope that would have proved useful for portlet architects and designers. But I forgot to mention that there is another article in that series especially written for modeling portlet services. Click here to go to the article.

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

BEA Weblogic Portal 8.1

I found this article on javalobby ezine. The author seems to claim high pertaining to Weblogic Portal 8.1. He says that most important part of it is Weblogic Workshop.

Weblogic Workshop is and IDE for Portal development integrated with Webloig Portal. Oh, you said, another IDE?????? Author claims that there are lots of features that can be useful for normal portlet developer. The most important thing is the breeze and easy to use environment especially suitable to Microsoft developers.

For example the developer can just do some changes, click on Launch, and everything happens transparently behind the scenes, code is compiled, descriptors generated (they have a xdoclet-kind of tool builtin), server is started if need be or application is deployed, etc… and the browser pops up with whatever the developer wanted to see. ..... check complete story.

Monday, January 12, 2004

Modeling Portlet

So you decided to dig into the portals. You understand APIs and you have product description with you. You have also solved the 'the case of portlet' problem. You have visited this blog :-) and now understand basics of portal very well.

But what about design. How to bring design of portal and portlet on paper. You want some guidelines on modeling portlet. But you find nothing about that on this blog. No, No, No My dear, Mr. Anthony (Joey) Bernal has solved this problem –

Modeling WebSphere Portal Portlets with UML: Part 1

Modeling WebSphere Portal Portlets with UML -- Part 2

Thanks to "Anthony (Joey) Bernal" for writing this article.

Wednesday, January 07, 2004

Java Portlets (JSR 168 )

Here is another link on JSR 168 - Java Portlets. In this presentation you will find the basic idea of portlet, portlet architecture and code of a small portlet. Last portion of the presentation is dedicated to 'Sun One Portal Server' and 'Sun Java Studio Portlet Builder.' Click here to get the presentation.

Thanks to Sang Shin for creating this excellent presentation and Benjamin for referring me this link.

Tuesday, January 06, 2004

JSR 168 Portlet API Presentation

It is a good powerpoint presentation on JSR 168 portlet. Portlet newbies and students will find it useful.

JSR 168 portlet

Sunday, January 04, 2004

Congratulations for the Century

Hello Friends,

As you might be guessing but I am not talking about Sachin's Century at Sydney this time. I am talking about portlet discussion group's century.

Congratulations to all my blog readers and portlet discussion group members. The portlet discussion group has just crossed the hundred members mark. We have seen some very good discussions in this group and hope to see some more meticulous discussions. It would be the biggest vendor independent discussion group on this topic.

At this juncture, I wanted to thank my company, Yash Technologies, to motivate me to work on this portlet blog and discussion group. I also want to thank my friends who are the real source of my knowledge on this subject (I know that is very little, but I am trying to improve :-)).


Punit Pandey

Saturday, January 03, 2004

Portal Battleground

Indians are busy watching possible astonishing victory over Australia in cricket test match. Everyone, so am I, was involved so madly in that, I didn’t get the time to write about another interesting battle going-on in the portal world.

Are you getting what I am talking about? No. uhhhh. I am talking about the discussion going on the topic of Portal framework. People from eXo platform are claiming that there is nothing new in the proposed service framework for Jetspeed. Most of the design ideas are taken from eXo itself. It is a quite interesting remark. But it is very difficult to find out who is right and who is wrong. This claims and disclaims will go on for few more days.

I have not gone through the code so I cannot comment much on it. But one thing I can say is whenever one should take ideas/ codes from another Open Source Project, he should explicitly mention about it. Please let me know your opinion.

If you are interested in going through the discussion, you can check “Service Framework Proposal” thread on Jetspeed developer list.

Portlet Client-Side Scripting Tips

I always emphasize heavily on integrating client-side scripting with Portlets. But believe me, JavaScripting always creates a lot of trouble, especially if you don't keep some guidelines in mind. I have already published these guidelines and re-publishing it keeping Client Side scripting in mind.

  • Use portlet style classes instead of specific style-oriented attributes.
  • URIs, HTML element name attributes, and JavaScript resources must be namespace encoded.