OpenPortal a Hit on GlassFish Day, Beijing

Vihang Pathak

Sun Tech Days events often have a special day tacked onto the end of it for NetBeans, GlassFish, or Solaris, depending on the venue and the circumstances. Beijing included all three. I was there to check out GlassFish sessions, especially the OpenPortal session presented by Vihang Pathak.

As a writer, editor, website managing editor, and web designer, the heavy duty programming stuff usually goes right over my head. But OpenPortal is something I can get my head, and my hands around. Automatic page generation using portlets that consume RSS feeds? Yay! A Dreamweaver plug-in? Double yay!

Granted, the Beijing developers sitting in the room with me were more interested in the Single Sign-On, CSM, and all that. But they develop applications for the enterprise. They probably liked this slide best:


I get to ask my production department to do that for me. So this session got me dreaming about things to ask for. (Peter, I hope you're reading this :-)


Really though, like many of us who work in high tech, I dabble with my own personal projects and OpenPortal is inspiring me there, too. My lack of skills (and my busy job) attracted me to Dreamweaver a long time ago, and I still love it. But site maintenance is always a headache. In comes RSS feeds. We use it to populate as many of the developers.sun.com resource centers as we can. Check out the Scripting Resource Center for Developers and SysAdmins, for example. It's pretty much a hands-off page (which is as it should be, right?) that pulls in an RSS newsfeed that I populate, others that other editors populate, and a lot of blogs from the bloggers we feel are the most important voices in their topic areas.

Now, like I said, I'm dreaming of portlets. If I can just get the other editors and production people to create porlets for the info on their sites, then... well, you know how exciting that is, because a lot of you are doing it, or trying to do it now. That's why this slide interested me a lot:


Wait, but that's not all! I wish I could say it as well as Vihang did, but I can't so I'll leave it to him and Arun to let you know more about it. But I can point you to the SDN resource center for Portal Development that I manage. Check it out, and visit Vihang on his blog, and here are other resources:

Carla King reporting live from Sun Tech Days in Beijing.


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