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How do developers bring existing applications into a portal? How do developers integrate content management systems and search engines with a portal? And how do developers get started with the Portlet API? Jeff Linwood and Dave Minter show you how to solve these real problems in Building Portals with the Java Portlet API.
This book describes the new Java portlet API, including security, portlet life cycles, and portlet interaction with servlets and JSP. The examples will work on any portal that complies with the JSR-168 portlet API. Several example portlets are developed to give you hands-on portlet experience. You’ll even learn how to port existing servlet and JSP applications into a new portal environment.
The authors also discuss Single Sign-On (SSO) using Kerberos and the GSS-API, syndicating content with RSS, and integrating a charting solution with JFreeChart. Other topics covered are the open-source Apache Jakarta Lucene search engine, personalization, portlet configuration, portlet preferences, and Web Services for Remote Portals (WSRP). XDoclet is also used throughout portions of this book.
Table of Contents
|Ch. 1||Introduction to portals and portlets||1|
|Ch. 2||Portlet basics||11|
|Ch. 3||The portlet life cycle||41|
|Ch. 4||Portlet concepts||73|
|Ch. 5||Using servlets and JavaServer pages with portlets||119|
|Ch. 6||Packaging and deployment descriptors||159|
|Ch. 7||Portal and portlet configuration||185|
|Ch. 8||Security and single sign-on||209|
|Ch. 9||RSS and syndication||239|
|Ch. 10||Integrating the Lucene search engine||255|
|Ch. 11||Personalization and user attributes||281|
|Ch. 12||Web services for remote portlets (WSRP) and application syndication||295|
|Ch. 13||Exposing an existing application as a portlet||307|
|Ch. 14||Charting with JFreeChart||339|
|Ch. 15||Content management systems||359|
Posted September 15, 2004
Many companies have recognised the need for portals to provide an easy way for users to get at corporate information, in a way controlled by the company. Inevitably, there has been a writing of APIs to regularise what a portal is. Here, our authors give this, in the context of J2EE and the latest Java. The book explains how to use the Java Portal API. It shows a portal as a container of portlets. Each portlet is a wrapper around some single coherent function. At least, that is the ideal! You will be greatly eased in understanding what is offered if you have already written Java Servlets and JSPs. The Portal API and its recommended usage were deliberately written to mimic those, as much as possible. There is really nothing difficult here. Plus, put simply, if you can understand Servlets and JSPs, it strongly behooves you to upgrade your skill set and learn about portals. You have to keep moving forward. If only because there are programmers in India (and elsewhere) actively commoditising your current skill set. Just a few steps behind you. So perhaps try this book and keep going.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.