Tuesday, August 31, 2004

IBM Portal Application Integration Presentation

IBM Portal Application Integration Presentation

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

RAD & Visual Portlet Tools

Rapid Portlet Creation Tools

Enterprise Portal Market Research Series

Portlets (JSR 168) and Web Services for Remote Portlets (WSRP) specifications are out for quite a while now. Nearly all products are now specifications compliant and you will not see the fray for compliance among portal vendors anymore. So what trends I see among portal vendors? I have done some market study and come up with some conclusion that I'll try to post here in future. But one point is catching my eyes prominently and it is "RAD tools for portlets and portal development".

Now vendors are focusing more on tools creation. RAD tools for creating portlets and tools for "visual portlets creation, even by non-programmers" seems to be the selling idea now. To what extent it is possible, it is another question. But It's true that without proper tools and environment, it is not possible to exploit underlying features of portal-servers fully. Portal Server vendors are coming up with tools for rapid portlet creations for supporting their portals. But here portal vendors are not alone, independent vendors are also planning to take benefit of this huge market. You can see few of the above portal tools can become tools of choice in coming future -

Other than these independent vendors, portal server vendors are coming up with their own portlet and portal development toolkits. Every portal vendors is betting high on their portals / portlet creation tools. For example -

Weblogic Workshop gained popularity due to its Microsoft style of development. IBM has betted on open source eclipse and this proved quite successful strategy especially due to plug-in support and extendible nature. Yesterday, Vignette announced Vignette Builder for quick and easy portlet creation. I believe that we are going to see more and more portal and portlet creation tools specifically for portal development in near future.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Enterprise Java & J2EE Security

Java Security is now-a-days on top of the list for big corporate. According to a survey by Forrester, IT decision makers named security on top of their purchase list in 2004.

On the line of portlets and WSRP discussion forums, we have created a group to discuss enterprise Java and J2EE security implementation related problems. All of my readers are invited to join the forum at - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/javasecurity/.

As all we know, enterprise security is one of the most difficult technologies to implement. I was not able to find any common place for finding solutions and discuss related tools, technologies and standards. This group intends to bring enterprise security implementation adn security patterns related knowledge to members. Technologies like Single Sign On (SSO), Secure Socket Layer (SSL), Java Authentication and Authorization Service (JAAS), Secure Web Services standards (WS-Security etc.), Simple Authentication and Security Layer (SASL), Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML), Lightweight Third-party Authentication (LTPA), Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) etc. can be focal point of discussion. Products like IBM Tivoli Access Manager, Identity Manager, Netegrity Siteminder, IBM Directory Server, WAS, WPS and other enterprise security related products can be discussed here.