Thursday May 29, 2008

Portal Server 7.2 Released

Today (ok! It was really last week but the marketing page finally got updated) we released the next version of Portal Server, version 7.2 [Download].  Based on the open source OpenPortal code & community, this version brings a bunch of new features.  The Release Notes details the features.  I even updated the Wikipedia entry :) But more importantly, this is the first of the modern portal versions that has been released independently, meaning not bundled with any larger offering, resulting in smaller downloads, more modularity, and less overall baggage that was introduced with previous bundles.

A general picture of the components of Portal 7.2 and how they are structured is below: 

Some highlights of this release include:

If you get a chance, please check the latest release out (see free download link above).

Wednesday May 07, 2008

Sun/Liferay Initiative

Today @ JavaOne Sun and Liferay announced a dual initiative to develop next generation web technologies (details and FAQ).  That's the marketing tagline.  I just wanted to expand a bit on what this means, the benefits, and what's next.

Sun already produces a free, open source portal offering through the OpenPortal project.  The next release (7.2) is slated for later this month.  For existing and new enterprise customers, this release contains new features and capabilities such as theme tooling, delegated administration, JSR 286 (Portlet 2.0) support, Google Gadgets integration, and integration with human workflow engines via SAW.

Liferay also produces a free, open source portal offering - Liferay Portal.   It also has a number of great features such as integrated content management, a host of collaboration capabilities (blogs, wikis, social networking), and support for publishing portlets to MySpace and Facebook. 

Sun's new offering will continue our tradition of providing a high-quality, enterprise-ready application platform.  What's new you ask?  Well, here are a few points to make regarding what's changing in the Sun stuff:

  • Incorporation of Liferay Portal Server as the base portal platform which provides features such as the desktop, themeing, role-based content delivery, communities, as well as a number of features contributed by Sun such as Portlet Container 2.0, WSRP, and OpenSSO integration and integrated into the Liferay community.
  • New features to take advantage of modern web-based APIs for doing multi-language mashups, including developer tooling (e.g. in NetBeans) to vastly simplify widget and mashup creation.
  • Syndication of widgets and mashups via REST

Besides features, the Sun and Liferay communities are partnering to exchange engineering and architectural designs for mutual benefit, contributing code back and forth, and generally fostering a communal effort that is greater than the sum of its parts.  Visit the details and FAQ page for more information, and download links so you can try out the working demo, which is based on Liferay, GlassFish v3, and MySQL.

Also, check out this screencast (also included on the CD/memstick mentioned below) showing multi-language inter-widget communication using this new platform.

Also, if you are attending JavaOne, be sure to visit the Sun GlassFish and Portal booths, and Liferay booth and grab a memory stick or CD and tee shirt, and say hi!


Monday May 05, 2008

Presentation @ CommunityOne

It's been a while since blogging!  A lot has changed since late 2007 :)  I have moved to the Portal group, working on Sun's next generation portal technology, providing lightweight widget aggregation and presentation, multi-language widget communication, and a host of other enterprise features.

Today I am at CommunityOne, Sun's free-to-attend conference the day before JavaOne.  I did a presentation at 11am on "Breaking Down Barriers: Widgets, Mashups, and WOA for the Enterprise" where I did a general overview of the technology used to create "Web 2.0" widgets using web APIs made available by the likes of Google, Amazon, Facebook, Flikr, and others.  It was the first time doing this presentation, so there were the usual flubs, "uh's" and uncomfortable pauses but generally it went well, with some excellent post-preso questions from the audience.  I'll post the video as soon as it hits the CommunityOne/JavaOne site.  Thanks to all those who attended.  I also showed a demo of Project WebSynergy, the moniker we've attached to the future of middleware widget aggregation platforms.  Thanks to all who attended. There will be additional press releases on Wednesday associated with this new project.  More to follow...




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